Blum boutique is literally pouring out cheongsams. This is my second post dedicated wholly to them. I want to clarify that I made a mistake on the pricing of their dresses. Most of them are tagged at S$339 instead of more than S$400 as mentioned in my earlier post ‘Cheongsam Galore or not’ dated Dec 13, 2012. I’ve also noticed a trend with a number of their cheongsam designs for this lunar new year collection; they’re inspired by batik.
The dress below is one of the first to be available a few weeks ago. But I wouldn’t recommend getting it since the design sucks. (I’ve never like this cheongsam design.) If you do, please ditch the belt, and accessorizing with multiple necklaces is ridiculous.
The dress below is a simple but blah-looking.
This modern design is recycled from last year, and I guess they added the lace to the hemline to make it slightly different. But it ends up looking awful.
Below is an elegant cheongsam with cap sleeves. A piece of batik typically has different complementary patterns of motifs, and this is reflected in the dress.
These are two other cheongsams that I like for their beautiful batik print. Note the bows as faux flower buttons on the pink cheongsam.
The batik print on this cheongsam reminds me of the Javanese court batik with its earthy color tones.
I like the cut of these two cheongsams but have reservation on the patterns of the top dress, which reminds me of those mass-produced batiks sold in souvenir shops. The batik in the bottom pink dress is in the Peranakan style.
These are non-batik cheongsams with exotic prints. A mix bag, I would say, as they have such busy print that it’ll make you go crossed-eyes just looking at them.
Then there’re these cheongsams with beads or sequins. The top dress has beads on the collars.
The dress below is a little over the top with the dragon motif. I also realize, from the sitting mannequin, the dress pulls up quite a bit when seated. This is not something I’ll go for.
These are a couple of modern designs. I don’t like the print of the fuchsia pink dress. Reminds me of a beach wrap which is incompatible on a cheongsam.
I like this beautiful Indian-inspired print on this cheongsam. The color combination is vibrant, like that of a sari.
This is another beautiful cheongsam, which is a reminiscence of the 1930’s Shanghai style
I think Blum might have gotten wind of my posts. Yesterday I was outside one of their outlets, hoping to take pictures of a couple of new designs. A sales lady walked out and invited me into the shop to try out the dresses. I smiled and told her I was only window shipping. I thought she would return into the shop, but she didn’t and instead stood outside observing me. Guess I’ve to bide my time.