Valentine’s Day is just round the corner, followed closely by the Chinese New Year. If you haven’t gotten your dresses yet, you should consider a cheongsam especially for VD. Since this is my last post on cheongsams before the festivities begin, I like to feature dresses from retailers whom I haven’t been showcasing lately as well a couple of new ones.
I can’t believe I forgot about Miz Apparels until recently. I have been too engrossed with the choices available in department stores. So I made a trip to the One Raffles Place outlet to see what are available. Just like previous collections, MA does the Mother-Daughter set very well. The dresses go for less than S$200 and the top is retailed at S$99.
On Friday, I went to the pop-up store of The Girl’s Kaksh where I finally got to check out the designs. Actually, I had encountered the dresses some years back when Audrey started selling her cheongsams. I was intrigued by the eclectic prints, but I didn’t get anything then. Subsequently the brand came up in my radar again, and I started followed it on FB. That was how I found out Audrey was holding a 2-day pop up store at International Plaza.
I had previously requested to showcase the dresses on my blog, but was declined politely. Finally this time, Audrey acceded. So here we have a piece with cat print and to add a whimsical touch, Audrey designed a fish along the side slit.
If you like the interesting designs from TGK, and every piece is unique, do contact Audrey for an appointment to check out these whimsy cheongsams. Most of the dresses are slightly more than S$200, and they run a little larger than usual . If you want a custom made piece, it will be at least S$250 depending on fabrics.
A new brand I like to introduce here is Qiqing Qipao. I chanced upon this label on FB a few days ago, and was intrigued by the cheongsam designs. Many available in the market usually come in bright floral prints with embroidered buttons; but for those from Qiqing, they have a clean cut and contemporary look. These are very suited for the professionals.
I approached the designer, Josephine Ho, to ask if I could feature some of the dresses on my blog and she was very accommodating and even sent over pictures for me.
The dress below with simple print and a V-shaped back, is known fittingly as “Backview”, and retailed at S$288.
The range below, Linear Twist, is retailed for S$329. Check out the scalloped collar.
Qiqing offers tops as well, like these which are inspired by the Vietnamese ao yai. They go for S$179, and if you want it with floral prints (available for the CNY occasion), it is S$219.
Josephine has a showroom at 780 Upper Serangoon Road. If you are interested to go for a fitting, do contact her for an appointment.
Next, we have Mama & Misse, another brand which I haven’t been featuring for quite some time. M&M’s cheongsams are unique as well, but they are mostly in the traditional cut and go for more than S$300. For those with UOB credit cards, there is a 10% discount during this CNY period.
And how could I not include Blum in this post. It turns out I was wrong to think that the label is not launching many cheongsams this time. It’s just that they are launching it a little later than most other brands. Expect to pay in the range of S$350 for the dresses.
Finally, we have Hana where you can get a cheongsam that makes you look like a million dollar, at a price of more than S$1,600. With such elaborate embroidery, I must say it is worth it. I mean, seriously, look at this dress!
With so many different designs available, shoppers are really spoilt for choice. So do check out and get yourself a cheongsam and shine during this VD or Chinese New Year!