This year the various boutiques are out in force with the cheongsam; many of them jumping on the bandwagon for the festive season. When I said in force, I really mean it because the selections are much more this year. There’re cheongsams of all designs out there, especially from boutiques located at One Raffles Place.
Miz Apparels (located at #02-05) received good reviews last year for their in-house designs; so this year they are launching more cheongsams made of cotton. Most of the dresses have either A-line cut or pleated bottom. According to the sales person, they are made in Korea and they’re priced at around S$159. The one below is fitting for lunar new year with its bright color. Maybe a little too bright. It’s definitely not something I go for.
This is another bright red cheongsam from Miz Apparels. Honestly I think this design sucks. I’m not sure if the designer wanted to incorporate 1960’s style into a cheongsam or what, but it looks really dated! Worst, the lace hemline makes the dress looks like a table cloth.
This is another design which fails in my opinion. What’s with the obi belt with a bow?
Miz Apparels boutique is also venturing into matching mother and daughter cheongsam attires, and cheongsam tops. Again there’s the penchant for bow. But when it is on a little girl’s outfit, it works though.
Kaate boutique (#02-01 at One Raffles Place) is offering various cheongsam dresses for this festive season. I wouldn’t say they are fabulous looking and the designs tend to be boring or downright ugly. The below white high-shoulder dress looks like a wedding wear for a lunch buffet; the navy blue one is a safer bet.
The design of this cheongsam looks atrocious. I’m surprised it’s even put on the window display.
You cannot go wrong with this cheongsam since it’s simple enough. My only grouse is that the collar is short.
Milan house (#02-01A) has only one cheongsam on display, and it’s not exactly a stand-out. It seems to me that table cloth-print is a popular cheongsam material.
Vougeois (#02-17) is a boutique known for cheongsams, but the designs veer toward the simple form, with none of the elaborations found in Blum. Though after a while they do look a little boring.
Hana is known for providing good tailoring for cheongsam, as well as offering beautifully-made off the rack dresses. Even though tailoring quality is good, the fabric print is looking dowdy in recent years and the designs have been the same all this time. The below orange print cheongsams have examples of boring, auntie-like print.
Same for these current ones that are on display. I seriously think for the designers to continue to justify the price tag of above S$1,200 for the cheongsams, they’ve better start offering something more compelling. If they want to follow the 1930’s Shanghai style, they have to launch the dresses in fabulous print, like those found in my earlier Cheongsam posts (‘The Magnificent Cheongsams’ dated 28 May, 2012). Otherwise they have to show interesting designs like some of the good ones launched by Blum boutique.
The cheongsams available in other regular boutiques are also rather pedestrian, but I guess for the the price you’re paying (sub S$100), you can’t really complain. Here’s a bright Fuchsia pink cheongsam from Mochamp at Raffles Xchange.
Even Moonriver, a Korean boutique, is also offering the cheongsam dress. (This outlet is at Raffles Xchange.)
Rose of Sharon has 50% sale on their dresses including cheongsams where the regular price is S$168.
This shop, Enzo, located on the first floor of Hitachi Tower, has rather pricey clothes. Anyway this is the only cheongsam the boutique is offering.
Lemon Tree (#02-18 Hitachi Tower) has such an auntie-like cheongsam with the usual floral print that aunties (middle-aged women) love that I’ve no words to describe this.