Last week, two online cheongsam stores launched their latest designs. Our Bitsy Prints are going strong with their 13th collection, while The Happy Cheongsam is gaining momentum with a 3rd one. The other similarity is that both have included cheongsam tops this time.
As usual, OBP’s launch called “Summer Wanderlust” is a sell-out; I think within half an hour from the start, everything was snapped up. There are six tops with hidden back zip, featuring prints like the usual floral…
One thing I don’t understand is why the top is paired with tattered jean shorts. The combination looks really wierd and inappropriate. You can wear it with miniskirt, even denim is alright, but make sure the bottom doesn’t make you look like you are a regular recipient of handouts. (Yes, I’m not a fan of the tattered jeans look; it just doesn’t look decent to me.)
OBP’s focus is on tops this time, and so there is nothing new to the dress designs, which are the same as past collections.
Admittedly the designs of OBP dresses are getting a little stale since I can’t help but expect something new each time. So in this respect, THC designs are interesting because Min has come out with something different again, with the theme ‘Let’s go to the movies”. THC launched only one cheongsam top, but unlike the usual design with back zip, this one is like a cheongsam with buttons along the front. The pairing with the pleated miniskirt imbues sexiness to the outfit. But as with the rest of the designs, my beef is the short collar.
A new design from THC is the cheongsam romper, which comes in two prints. This is not the first time I have seen a romper style, but the first where the zip is in front, which according to Min, is to make it easier in the bathroom. I applaud the new design, though I’m not a fan of the romper. Whether front or back opening, it’s still a pain in the bathroom.
Though only 5 designs, THC has demonstrated some rather interesting styles which are better than the previous collection. I understand from Min that the next collection will showcase higher collar, which I’m eagerly waiting to check out. Anyway I also found out from Min that The Lady General had launched a new collection after a long hiatus. I checked out the web store and found that the launch was in early May, apparently an exclusive for the blogger “Walking In May”.
This time TLG used a real model to showcase their dresses. There are only four designs, and mostly in the same sleeveless pleated skirt look. The only exciting thing is the kimono fabric and print used. Also, like the collection from THC, the collar is too short and as a result, the top looks stunted.
This below dress is made using vintage kimono fabric which is beautiful. I don’t know whether it is the way the dress is sewn, but this picture and others of the same show creases on the top front and even the back. It could be a case that the fabric, maybe a stiff silk kimono material, doesn’t drape well, and you need precise cutting to make it fit, particularly since we are talking cheongsam here.
To me, this beautiful blue cheongsam with gathered skirt is the best design of the lot. In fact this is a new modern look that I don’t recall seeing before. It would have been perfect with a higher collar.
Personally I feel that, granted some women prefer a short collar, there should be designs with a higher one because l think it adds a touch of elegance to the dress. Also, I know that the dresses would not fit all body shapes, but when they are worn on the model, they should at least look fitted. You will never see a model wearing an ill-fitting Chanel or Prada, so that should be the benchmark.