Chinese New Year 2020: 8 Online and offline stores you can shop cheongsams from
Searching for the perfect cheongsam or qipao is tricky. Firstly, there's the silhouette to take into consideration, and then the print, the length, down to the height of the collar and the type of sleeves. Thankfully, aside from our local fashion designers, more brands have also launched capsule collections in conjunction with Chinese New Year, so if you're looking for more options, this list—that includes online and offline stores—has got you covered.
Below, the eight places you can get your 'Year of the Rat' outfits from:
Luxury Malaysian batik label Fern has been giving the traditional batik a modern spin with its handcrafted fabrics ever since its launch over six years ago, and for Chinese New Year 2020, the brand launched a new print which is inspired by the Sakura flowers. Dubbed 'The Sakura Series', the blooms—which symbolise beauty and the new cycle of life—are introduced in painterly motifs, whether it's on traditional sleeveless qipao or on a ruffle-sleeved top with mandarin collar and knot buttons.
Check out the pieces at Fern's Bangsar Village II store, and watch our interview with the founder here.
Started out as a pattern design boutique, Nala, who's owned by Lisette Scheers (a Dutch who's born in Singapore and now based in Malaysia) has always been known for its beautiful graphic patterns that extends from homeware and lifestyle items to clothing. The brand has recently launched its Chinese New Year collection called the 'Kampung Calm', featuring designs that are inspired by the styles found in traditional Kampung houses. Aside from the sleeveless cheongsam in an array of prints, you can find a fit-and-flare design that comes with a belt too.
Shop Nala's Chinese New Year 2020 collection at the House of Patterns, Kampung House, and multi-brand retailers Isetan and Robinsons.
If you're shopping for new modern threads on Zalora this Chinese New Year, the e-retailer also has a variety of traditional attire available at an affordable price point, from its in-house labels and more. Aside from that, you can also find a few local designer collections, including Khoon Hooi's 'Entrée' line that's made up of ready-to-wear pieces. Take a look at the brand's bespoke Lunar New Year collection here.
Shop for cheongsams on Zalora here.
The perk of shopping at a multi-brand retailer? You can try on different brands at one go. At Robinsons, you can find labels such as Monica Quen and Arthur Yen, alongside curated brands including Nala in-store. Note that the outlets at The Gardens Mall and Shoppes, Four Seasons Place both stock up different brands, so make a pit-stop to both if you don't want to miss out.
Robinsons is located at The Gardens Mall and Shoppes, Four Seasons Place.
Founded in 1988, Chinatown Classic has branches not only in Kuala Lumpur, but in Singapore and Jakarta as well. If you're all about options, the boutique has more than 5,000 oriental apparels and accessories for you to choose from, including modern and casual designs that are suitable for different events. What we like most, is its in-house tailor who can customise any piece to your liking and give you the perfect fit.
Chinatown Classic is located at LG-056, Mid Valley Megamall.
Emerald Brilliant has been around since 1973, and with eight outlets across West Malaysia, the brand has established itself as one of the most prominent oriental-wear brands in Malaysia. In each store, you'll be able to find locally-made cheongsams, 'qun kua' (the Chinese wedding attire), and gowns with traditional elements. Can't find anything you like? The boutique also offers tailor-make services in-store.
Emerald Brilliant has outlets in SS2, Empire Subang Gallery, 1 Utama and Mid Valley Megamall.
Luxury e-retailer Farfetch also has some qipao options, notably from Antwerp-based designer Shuting Qiu, London-based designer Samuel Guì Yang, and Hong Kong label Shanghai Tang. Check out the first two brands if you're looking for something more modern, especially Samuel's wrap-around trench coat.
Net-a-Porter's cheongsams are, no doubt, some of the most contemporary selections on our list. From a feather-trimmed top from Prada, a puffed shoulder and ruffled hem mini dress from De La Vali, to a fully sequinned number by Andrew Gn, while there may not be a wide range to choose from, these pieces are guaranteed to turn heads this Chinese New Year.