Yes, I am sorely disappointed with the cheongsam designs this year when I checked out the boutiques like Hana (cheongsam specialist) and Shanghai Tang. I had expected something special considering that Chinese New Year is a couple of months away. But it seems like the designers have either ran out of ideas or got lazy. At least Miz Apparels has a few decent looking ones.
When I was at Hana, I couldn’t believe such blah-looking cheongsams were displayed at its shop window.
Miz Apparels boutique is offering more cheongsam selections this year, and they are rather quirky with a ‘Roman Holiday’ feel about them.
I like the design with the red fabric on one shoulder juxtaposed against the cutesy animal and plant print. Note that this is a stiff fabric and may not drape well. (Update on 6 Jan: the dress is made of cotton and it’s not clingy like silk.)
This is a modern cheongsam design that works. It exudes youthfulness, and the bright red color exemplifies Chinese New Year and yet it is versatile. Whether you’re wearing it to a reunion dinner, visits to the relations, wedding, or cocktail party, you will stand out as the belle of the day.
This combination from Alteration Initiative is strictly for the outrageous.
I will be checking out more boutiques for cheongsams. So stay tune.
(Update on 23 Dec
Lady Xiang ‘s window display of cheongsams seriously leave much to be desired. These are modern evening-wear cheongsams, but boy, do they look dated. Not outstanding at all.