The CNY Cheongsam Scene

Now that we’re only a couple of weeks away from Chinese New Year, the cheongsam scene is building up to a crescendo with more dresses available in the shops. This fuchsia pink modern cheongsam is from “Rococo” at second floor of The Arcade at Raffles Place. It is an A-line dress with side pockets which have embroidery along she opening.
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Close-up view of the pocket
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This is a rather ugly cheongsam from “Ashley” boutique at the third floor of Arcade. Why in the world did the designer add a black hip band? I’m not even going to comment on the print.
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The below dress is from “Rose of Sharon” at the Clifford Center, and there is also another store at Parkway Parade. It’s in the typical aunty print and length. (This dress is also available at Rococo boutique. )
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Yacht21 boutique at Raffles Xchange mall has this dark colored rose print cheongsam, which looks oldish if not for the short length. The retro belt doesn’t help either.
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There is a store on the 2nd floor of Hitachi Tower with a strange name of “Love & Bravery”; and it offers a couple of modern cheongsams for the younger ladies. Nothing interesting; in fact the one below is also available at Yacht21 which I featured in my previous post “The Arrival of the 2014 Cheongsam”.
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This dress, from the same store, reminds me of a bumblebee, which might prompt my son to go “bzzzz…”.
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I was at Suntec City mall last week and found out that Lver boutique has also jumped onto the cheongsam bandwagon. The store offers tops and dresses. I like this cream lace top which will go well with not just skirts but also tailored shorts. I’ve never bought any cheongsam top before, but I might just get this piece.
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Another cheongsam top with peplum design. The pink color makes this top more girlish than oldish, though the design doesn’t appeal to me as much as the one above.
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This sweet-looking pale pink dress will be popular with the younger crowd.
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At Suntec, I chanced upon what looks like a pop up store called “The Haute Tribe”, which mainly sells accessories and bags, but there is a rack of handmade cheongsams. Looking through the selection, which is rather small, the one on display below is the best looking. The designs remind me of those from The Girl’s Kaksh, which in my opinion, are alright, not something that I would be thinking about getting. By the way, the dresses are priced above S$200, more than TGK.
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Over at Raffles City mall, the boutique, Allure, has cheongsams on display as well; the typical straight cut or A-line dresses, though I did spot one with chiffon pleat which is not on display. This ivory dress is likely made with a stiff silk material (I can’t find the label), and the price reflects as much, at S$329. (Update: I did a little research and think this fabric may be embroidered silk dupioni.)
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The fuchsia A-line pink dress on the left is S$169, whereas the peach dress on the right is S$l99. I find the designs are nothing to shout about.
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Another straight-cut dress from Allure with interesting horizontal bands.
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Xi boutique at Raffles City mall (also at Mandarin Gallery) offers cotton cheongsam dresses which look rather comfy, and the prints are in the typical Chinese floral motif. Still l do like the top dress with the watercolor painting of plum flowers.
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I have also checked out Robinson department store for any cheongsams, and was surprised to find only a couple available; and the designs really leaves much to be desired. In fact the second dress looks so casual that you probably can even wear flip-flops with it.
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There are more pictures of the current collections coming up, so stay tune.

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