Chinese New Year is fast approaching; in fact it’s only two days away! So I will showcase here all the remaining dresses I have seen. First off is Blum, which didn’t go crazy with the launch this time unlike last year. There are very few new designs; with most in the straight-cut form and a couple of A-line dresses. Basically, same old, same old. One that stands out is a sleeveless dress with floral print multi pleated tulip-shaped bottom. Then there are also a couple of dresses taken from last year’s collection. Blum’s workmanship is quite good, and materials are supposedly silk. I said supposedly because they used to be silk, as per the label descriptions. But for this year collection, there are either discrepancies in the labels or Blum has resorted to using artificial silk or polyester. I am definitely not paying a couple of hundred dollars for a polyester dress if that is truly the type of fabric used.
I’m not into checkered print for cheongsam.
The print on this dress reminds me of the beautiful peranakan tiles.
I thought the lavender color and scalloped print on this dress is rather beautiful.
This is a dress from last year collection.
This looks like a new design to me, where there are small pleats at the side of the bodice, which give fullness to the hips. I thought this is quite an elegant dress.
The standout cheongsam
I like the pleated tulip bottom design, which is something unique, at least I haven’t seen it before. I also like the combination of the top fuchsia pink block color with the pink floral bottom.
Below two are from the old collections.
New A-line designs
The top dress has a print of Chinese watercolor painting of lotus flowers, which is rather beautiful. The below dress, with the combination of orange and blue colors look rather regal as well.
Hana dresses are the usual suspects, in the straight-cut form. Unfortunately the length and some of the prints (like the black cheongsam with red floral applique) make them look rather matronly. Anyway Hana has very good workmanship. In case you’re wondering, the cheongsams are made by an old master tailor in his 70’s.
Rack of cheongsams at Hana
I thought I might as well provide some advice on wearing this iconic dress here. It is alright to pair the dress with flats. Of course with heels the appearance would look rather formal. For a simple cheongsam, you can also wear it with platforms. But please don’t pair the dress with sandals or worse, flip flops (unless it’s one of those ultra casual cheongsam that looks like beach wear).
As for accessories, you can put on a nice necklace like pearl or an oriental jewelry or even a bold modern piece to go with a simple dress. Otherwise a nice brooch will also go well with it. For the more elaborate ones or those with busy print, best to pass the necklace, otherwise you might get reminded that Christmas is over and the tree is in cold storage. You can instead go for a nice pair of earring studs, or just let dress speaks for itself.