As soon as Christmas was over, the boutiques are launching cheongsams for the coming Chinese New Year (which falls on 31st Jan). Perhaps there has been an increasing number of women receptive to the modern cheongsam that more stores are offering the iconic dress for the festive season. I was recently at a few malls in the east and found a number of cheongsams at the window displays. Though the designs of most really leave much to be desired.
Seven boutique (which is also available at Raffles Place) has aunty print of red roses on this dress. You have to look really good to carry it off because the dress is not going to make you look good.
There is this new store on the 2nd level of Parkway Parade by the name of “Ice Tan” (yes I know it sounds wierd), which has modern dresses for the younger ladies (only), because of the mini-skirt length. But the simple versatility of the dresses mean they can be worn any time of the year.
Also on the same level, there is a store by the name of “Cotton Amour” which offers Chinese motif clothes for women and little girls. Naturally cheongsams are available; though for the adults, I wouldn’t be caught dead in the designs.
If you only restrict yourself to wearing these dresses during CNY, I guess you can still get away with the tacky prints.
The love affair with the bright peony continues in this cheongsam top, the same design that Blum also used for the dress below. In fact I remember this design because many years back, DBS bank used it for their red packet. So there is a chance you may be mistaken for one.
I spotted the below cheery yellow dress at the display of this boutique “Kiss Jane”, at Century Square. I like the lace top, but wonder about the stitching quality of the bottom skirt which seems a little slipshod to me.
There are more cheongsams afoot as I check out a couple of other malls as well as the usual boutiques. Stay tune for the crescendo to the cheongsam scene.