The new cheongsam launches 

Things have been pretty slow with the cheongsam collections. There have not been a lot of launches from the online stores over the past couple of months. So far, there was Lark & Peony which launched a few cheongsam tops earlier in April. Finally, yesterday,  Joli Pretty launched a full collection consisting of dresses, jumpsuit and a couple of tops.

Blue seems to be the favorite color for this S/S 17 launch; what with it being so predominantly featured. The dresses and jumpsuits are priced below S$180, and the tops are below S$100. The designs aren’t exactly outstanding but if you are looking for modern and reasonably priced cheongsams, they make presentable work wear.




Another boutique I am featuring here is Sissae, a brand which I haven’t showcased its cheongsams for quite some time. Sissae is known for its chic looking dresses, and it has started to offer simpler designs in linen or cotton fabrics. Overall, the prints and embroideries make the cheongsams look rather elegant and classy; but I find the workmanship doesn’t match up to it. 







Finally, we have Shanghai Tang, which has focused on the classic straight-cut cheongsams for the S/S 17 collection.  I had featured most of them previously, and here are a few of the newer designs. 

Other than the Dragon scale print dress shown in the lowest picture, the other two will set you back a tidy sum of S$2997 and S$3755 for the one on top and in the middle respectively.  The brand justified the price tags by labelling them as limited edition. But they are still not  one of a kind; and there would be at least a few women having the same dress. If I’m going to pay this amount for a dress, it has better be unique. 


Ahhh, it’s the CNY Cheongsam again!

Happy New Year, everyone! I admit this time I’m slow in providing updates on the Chinese New Year Cheongsams. There have been a number of collections launched since November, and I’ve not been keeping track as closely as I should. It’s mostly because work had been crazy during the year end period, which was strange since things were supposed to be quieter. I had taken leave during the lasr 2 weeks of the year, but because of work I had to return to office for a couple of days. Of course, Pokemon Go has also caused some distraction, but at least it does help me to get more active.

Anyway, if you are looking for affordable cheongsams at less than $200 for a dress, you can consider these retailers. Let’s take a look at Joli Pretty, which has had three launches for the festive season thus far. There is a mix of dresses, two-piece culotte set, jumpsuit and top. I’m not sure why the cheongsam jumpsuit is popular among women, since I think going to the toilet will be a pain in the ass. (I’m assuming the retailers continue to provide this design because women asked for it.)

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And of course, there is the mama-daughter cheongsam set, which seems to be ubiquitous for many retailers. JP launched quite a number of such sets this year, and  credit to them for being flexible that you can actually purchase the dresses separately. This is great for women who like the designs but having no daughters do dress up. The bad news is all the sets are sold out.

Our Bitsy Prints has not been as prolific though, with one collection launched for year end, titled “Colour Pop”. Consisting mostly of dresses plus a top in pastel and bold colors as well as showcasing OBP’s love for lace.

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The Happy Cheongsam launched The Noir et Blanc collection sometime in mid December; with only 2 dresses and a top.

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This is one of two mama-daughter cheongsam offerings from THC, but the pieces cannot be bought separately. The entire set is S$249.

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If you are one of those who prefer to try out the clothes before purchase, you can check out Miz Apparels which has two stores located at downtown: Marina Bay Link Mall and One Raffles Place.  You also have the choice of buying online.

I must say that MA’s dresses look rather appealing on the mannequins, however, strangely, they don’t look so good once I put them on. Is it me or what? So, I’m a little reserved about getting any this year, though I may consider a cheongsam top instead.


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MA is known for its mama-daughter cheongsam sets, and the little dresses are some of the most adorable and stylish out there. They are also available separately. Even if you are not planning to get any of the dresses for yourself, do check out the little cheongsams if you have girls. For me, I get them for my nieces. 

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To be honest, in terms of designs and prints, MA has a stylish edge over the others. But somehow I find the look gets a little stale after some time. So I’m searching for something classic and yet modern that can withstand the passing of time. 

 

New cheongsam launches

I haven’t been updating on many cheongsam brands lately, especially for Joli Pretty, which has  had two launches since I last featured it. Blame it on my obsession with Pokemon Go. Man, the game is pretty addictive for me! Anyway, I decided that I have to refocus my attention back to my favored wear.

JP launched its latest collection on 19 October, a very early Chinese New Year preview. There are all dresses except for one top, and I notice the love affair with the Japanese kimono look is still ongoing. Overall, I don’t find any designs worth shouting out, nothing that stands out to make me have a second look. 

I’m afraid the same sentiment applies to Lark and Peony. The brand has launched a preorder for the Undercurrent series, designs with lace overlay on Japanese fabric. The cheongsam, in the USA classic cut, comes in the three colors: pink (as shown), green and burgundy. 

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The collection includes a new design, a 2-piece culottes, which I am sorry to say, doesn’t look very presentable to me. It reminds me of sleepwear. 

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So, I’m not exactly impressed with L&P’s latest collection either. 

Shanghai Tang has just launched six limited edition cheongsam designs, though a couple of them are still not available in store yet. According to the website, there are less than 10 pieces per dress and can only be purchased online or from a few stores worldwide. The cheongsams are in the classic cut, made from luxurious material. 

Take a look at this qipao below left, it’s made from calf leather with laser cut pattern to resemble lace. It is retailed at more than S$5,000.

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Here we have an elegant velvet cheongsam, which will be available soon.

Next, a jacquard cheongsam with crystal. 

Another calf leather cheongsam, but with embroidery.

And finally, a fully beaded cheongsam that retails at a whopping S$11,000! 

For those who is not looking for the red carpet look, you can consider the below designs which are more versatile. 

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To be honest, though the limited edition cheongsams do look exquisite, but in terms of style, I prefer those from 2015. I think Shanghai Tang is merely relying on expensive materials to boost this year’s  limited edition line instead of showcasing amazing designs like what they did last year. 

Anyway for the next post on cheongsam, I will be featuring designs from a shop I have recently discovered. 

Cheongsam sale from Joli Pretty

Joli Pretty is having a “Hello Summer” sale with up to 60% discount off attires and accessories starting today, for 10 days.  Dresses and a top from previous collections, including the last one, are up for grab. Even cheongsams for little girls. As for accessories, they are brooches in four different Chinese designs. 

Here are some of the merchandise that are worth considering.

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What’s new on the cheongsam launches

Joli Pretty has been rather prolific with its launches. It has a new collection out two days ago and it is number 21!

There are nine designs this time, comprising of 8 dresses and a top, with the prices of the former going from S$139 to S$159 and the top selling for S$89.

As usual, the collection gears towards formal/office wear, nothing outrageous or sultry. Here are some pictures of the designs with the top being the first.

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Lark and Peony is launching two new colors for the Southerner cheongsam design tonight at 10.00PM local time: one in off-white and the other in magenta. This is a blend of the cheongsam and the Vietnamese ao dai. It is basically a long lace top with batik skirt. L&P offers two ways to wear the combination: either with the top over the skirt or tuck in. The attire goes for S$318.

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Cloth.ier has just started launching long cheongsams as part of its offerings. They are all in the classic style with floral prints and an occasional lace fabric. 

The dresses featured below are in the basic design with back zip, made from 100% silk satin.


There are also more elaborate designs available, such as this magenta silk cheongsam with enbroidered print. And below it, is a bareback lace cheongsam 


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Cloth.ier is alsolaunching a “zipless” cheongsam with embroidered buttons, which is custom made to order to ensure a perfect fit.

Other than cheongsams, there is a wide range of  Chinese jackets available, in both hip length as well as thigh length. Take the one below in wool, according to Ping, it is good for autumn wear. 

For a thinner thigh length jacket, there are a couple of options below. All these coats have a fitted look, which lends a touch of elegance to the wearer.


For those who prefer shorter jackets, the design is more of a loose fit with either coin buttons or fabric knotted buttons.

So there you have it, the usual safe designs, which also means nothing outstanding. 

The new cheongsam launches (updated)

(I made a mistake with the launch date of Our Bitsy Prints’ 29th collection. It should be tonight, 6th April. Apologies!)

After a hiatus on cheongsam posts, I finally published one featuring new launches.

First on the list is Joli Pretty, whose latest designs are made available since last Thursday (31 March). This series of dresses are feminine in style, and I especially like those in laces.  

A couple of the cheongsams can be customized, like this red lace dress below. There is an extra cost of S$10 and above, depending on complexity.

Notice that all cheongsams show off the female silhouette, and even for the blue shift lace dress below, the peekaboo fabric plus the shorter length adds a touch of sultry to the design. However, I don’t think much of some of the prints, like those on the pastel floral dress and the butterfly dress. They make the cheongsams look a little gaudy.
 

  

Another online store, Our Bitsy Prints, is launching its latest 29th collection tomorrow (7 April). It has an interesting theme, “In the Noir Garden”, which has a mysterious feel to it. In fact, an image of a femme fatale comes into mind. Unfortunately, the designs and prints turn out rather average and boring, not befitting the theme at all.


Lastly, here are some cheongsam designs from Shanghai Tang.

Top picture features a classic dress with red floral print, followed by those from the SS/2016 collection. The contemporary style of the latter gives the cheongsam an edgy look. Even for the classic qipao, notice how with the pairing of black tights and high ankle boots give the dress a whole new feel? This is how to make the cheongsam relevant to the modern lady, and yet doesn’t take away the elegance of the dress. It is not by pairing it with sandals, flip flops or sneakers like what some designers or retailers do.            

 

 

 

Cheongsams abound!

It’s cheongsam time! A few online boutiques have already started launching their collections for the year end celebrations and even Chinese New Year a few weeks ago. After all, one set of designs will not be enough, there will be a series of launches leading to CNY. I guess for those eager to get their hands on the dresses now, you can consider getting one for the New Year party and another for CNY later. But do I think the designs are dress-worthy? Unfortunately not. For me, I am looking for the “wow” factor. A dress that will make people take a second admiring look. But most of the designs don’t fit the bill. In fact they look like more of the same (previous collections). Only Sissae dresses have some rather interesting looks Anyway, let’s check them out. After all, the readers may be more forgiving.

Joli Pretty launched its first mother-daughter cheongsam sets three days ago, and there are altogether six of them. Here are a couple of the dresses:

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In its previous collection, JP had launched a number of cheongsams for CNY, many of which are in the festive bright colors. But the designs are basically the same as before or similar to those launched earlier by The Happy Cheongsam or Our Bitsy Prints.

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This dress has a tulip design.

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Lark and Peony is another boutique which has been rather prolific with its launches. Most are of the classic cut, though there are a couple of new designs like the beautiful combination of a lace top with batik skirt (bottom-most picture) and a set of matching top and shorts.

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The Happy Cheongsam has  a small launch recently, featuring dresses for the year end celebration, called “Pop Fizz Clink”. The first and second dresses below are new designs and come in other colors as well. I find the below dress with maroon top and floral bottom does look rather elegant.

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Finally, there is Sissae which has some really modem designs. Like the dress featured in the bottom first picture, with an interesting collar.

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The below titillatingsee-through lace cheongsam is strictly for evening wear. You may wonder why I state the obvious. This is because there are some women who have no qualm about wearing even club wear to the office. Maybe I’m getting old and conservative, but I thought it is a little too revealing for my liking.

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And now we have a cheongsam jumpsuit! A first if I may say since I don’t recall seeing anything like this. It’s definitely different, but not something I would wear. I mean it’ll be a pain to go to the toilet. Besides, one has to be tall and thin to pull this off. Otherwise it’ll end up looking like pyjamas.

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For those looking for a wedding cheongsam, here is one for consideration.

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Finally, we have Hana, the maker of ornate and elaborate cheongsams. Not my cup of tea.


I have seen a proliferations of mother and children cheongsam sets, and I will feature more of them in my upcoming posts. Separately, I’ve been wondering what happened to Our Bitsy Prints as the launch has gone quiet since October. It turns out that OBP will be coming up with a new collection in a couple of days’ time, which I will feature later.

A simple cheongsam

I admit I haven’t been following my schedule of putting up a post once a week, and that is because, lately, there are hardly any materials for my blog. Not sure the reasons why, but there aren’t that many new designs for cheongsams. So far, I have taken a look at Shanghai Tang‘s autumn/winter collection for 2015.

For this season, ST has gone for the simple and uncluttered look. Check out these dresses.

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An A-line dress with leather trimmings. Reminds me of the 60’s mod fashion.

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Trimmings and pleated skirt.

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A pretty pleated dress in a beautiful sapphire blue color.

For those who prefer the straight fit cheongsams, here are a few options.
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Joli Pretty launched its 15th collection a couple of weeks ago, which is amazing since it seems to be pushing out dresses every month. There are some new designs this time, which I think will appeal to the office ladies (OL), and the collection is also a showcase of simplicity.

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I took pictures of a couple of cheongsams from Hana recently, and you can see that they are also in line with the simple theme.
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If you ask me what I think of these dresses, I have to say, sure, it’s good to be simple. However I find them looking a little boring and even bordering on stale. Unfortunately the staid-looking prints are not helping to liven up the dresses. The only designs which look somewhat interesting  are the A-line black dress and blue pleated dresses from ST. I’m afraid it looks like there won’t be much of anything to gush about in the next couple of months, and we’ll have to wait till December when we’ll get a fair dose of exciting designs in anticipation of Chinese New Year.

Cheongsam news for the month

The news on cheongsam have been a little slow lately. But here are some updates for the cheongsam lovers.

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M&M has re-opened its store at International Plaza mid of this month. I haven’t been there to check out yet, but have seen some photos posted on its FB page. I must say the dresses do look rather pretty though they are more suited for formal wear.
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I like how the above geometric-print gives the cheongsam an interesting modern look while retaining it’s traditional design, and it’s my favorite of the four. The prices of the dresses range between S $288 to S $468.

Joli Pretty

JP launched its latest 13th collection last Thursday in the evening, a change from their usual 3.00pm launch. Though there are some “new designs” (at least from JP) out of the 10 dresses, the offerings are not exactly enticing. In fact they are more or less slight variations of the usual simple look, and nothing stands out in the prints or style.
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The below wrap dress reminds me of a similar design from Our Bitsy Prints, except that unlike the latter dress, this has a back zip and no pockets.
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The only dress that caught my eyes is the one below with scalloped hemline.
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Sissae

Sissae celebrates its 4th anniversary by giving 10% discount for its latest collections on its online store. If you have eyeing them, you can take advantage of this offer.

Lark & Peony

L&P will soon launch a two-piece cheongsam attire to cater to customers requesting for something that they can easily move around in, like riding on a bike. So L&P created this prototype of a cheongsam top with matching shorts. The design will be launched in batik and African prints.
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To be honest, I’ve reservations about the matching set. Maybe it’s the print, but it looks a little “aunty” to me. I rather get a simple cheongsam top and match it with jeans, tights or separate shorts.

Cheongsam news (updated)

Let’s  start with sales.

Vourgeois (4th level One Raffles Place) is having a massive sale of at least 70% off. I didn’t get any as I either couldn’t find my size or that I didn’t  like the designs.

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Sissae is having an exclusive preview of its new collection in Singapore for the first time at the Blue Print trade show, and the collection is open to the public this Saturday and Sunday(16 & 17 May) from 10am to 6pm. If you are interested in the cheongsams, do check them out at Suntec convention hall 401 & 402, booth E-02.

Here are a couple of the more recent designs from Sissae.
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There is currently a sale of its current and older collections.

By the way, Miz Apparels is also having a clearance sale of its cheongsam dresses and little girl cheongsams at 20% discount.

Next, we check out the online boutiques. There had been a hiatus among them after the Chinese New Year. They only started launching new collections from March. I haven’t  been featuring them for some time and that is because I was hoping to write about something different instead of just reviewing the clothes. Unfortunately, due to various reasons, the plan had to be shelved.

Anyway, both Joli Pretty and Our Bitsy Prints have launched two collections since March, while Lark & Peony has launched one featuring cheongsam tops. The Happy Cheongsam has been quiet so far, and The Lady General is on an indefinite break.
(Update;) Ming from THC just had a baby and so she is taking a few months off.

JP’s latest collection has only one new design: a shift dress with lace appliqué. It may be that the dress doesn’t fit the model very well, but it doesn’t seem to drape well on the lower half bodice.
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As for OBP, it’s latest collection (launched last night) is vintage inspired and featured a lot of floral or psychedelic prints. Some of them might make your head spin even without having a taste of weed.

Here’s a wrap skirt cheongsam dress with a lace covered cape design. I find the pairing rather strange, and I am not sure I like the cape.
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A shift cheongsam dress with jarring prints that can make you go crossed-eyes.
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Another shift design, perhaps for the chubby ladies?
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OBP’s previous collection also featured some new designs. One of them is a dress with butterfly sleeves, which admittedly that seems to be the only difference from the usual flare skirt cheongsam.
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Then there is this short-sleeved front buttons cheongsam, which I seriously don’t find interesting.
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Another shift cheongsam dress. I wonder what’s with the deluge of shift designs? Are we going back to the days of the early 20th century when women did not show their waist?
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L&P showcased cheongsam tops this time, a first for the brand, but there is nothing new to the peplum design though.
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That’s it. These are the updates I have so far.