Chinese New Year: Welcome the Year of the Tiger in style with these 5 homegrown designers


By Kelly Lim

Chinese New Year: Welcome the Year of the Tiger in style with these 5 homegrown designers

Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and as tradition goes, new clothes symbolise a new start and fresh hopes for a brand new year. So what better way to ring in the Year of the Tiger with brand new threads from our very own local designers? While the traditional way to dress is by donning a cheongsam (especially one in red), the latest designs for the festive holiday come with a modern twist that’s versatile enough to be worn all year round.

Scroll on to see what the best of the local fashion scene have to offer for the Lunar New Year:

Khoon Hooi

From the emperor yellow “MeiXing” dress with dramatic puff sleeves to “Bingqing”, a party-ready sleeveless qipao with pearls that embellish the front and back of the bodice in elegant geometry, Khoon Hooi’s latest collection for the Lunar New Year is fit for the wardrobe of a queen, or top socialite Madam Lee, to be exact. For the protagonist who is loved for her impeccable sense of style, the designer imagines a line-up of show-stopping pieces that are equal parts traditional and modern, and full of the fine tailoring and luxe details that range from cascading organza ruffles to 3D florals that the brand is renowned for.

Additionally, Khoon Hooi has also introduced a ready-to-wear capsule line comprising of brocade silk shirts and column dresses for both men and women.

Browse and pre-order the Khoon Hooi Chinese New Year 2022 collection in-store at APW Bangsar or online here


This season, the closet of creative director Karen Lau’s mother served as the starting point for Wynka’s Chinese New Year collection. Telling the story of how a kampung girl took her heritage to the big city, the lineup blends old Shanghai influences with the brand’s unmistakable whimsical aesthetic across statement pieces enhanced with unique details, such as vintage pearl brocades. Rich colours are used alongside muted pastels across various styles that showcase gorgeous florals and abstractions on unique materials to craft pieces sure to turn heads.

Browse and shop the ‘Gem by Wynka’ collection online here

Brian Khoo 

From mini satin robes to cut-out cheongsams and oversized ombre shirts with slanted openings, Brian Khoo’s Lunar 2022 collection masterfully infuses contemporary trends with tradition across a jewel-toned lineup that is absolutely luscious. Curved hems of a Chinese collar are reflected into subtle details ranging from pockets to sleeves, while mesh panels and corset boning (hand-embroidered, may we add?) bring an unexpected twist to traditional attire that is both timeless and chic.

Browse and pre-order Brian Khoo’s Lunar 2022 collection here

Melinda Looi 

How befitting that the Malayan tiger, Malaysia’s own national animal, served as inspiration for the designs of Melinda Looi’s Cruise 2022 collection? Just in time to help usher in the Year of the Tiger, ‘My Tropical Mars’ features a mix of colourful cheongsams, jumpsuits and the brand’s iconic reversible dresses decked out in whimsical prints and vibrant batiks that reflect the lush flora of our country.

Browse and shop Melinda Looi’s Cruise 2022 collection here

Innai Red 

According to Innai Red, the Tiger future is bright. The brand’s latest collection, entitled ‘Ru Yi’ (which literally means “as one wishes” or “everything goes well” in Chinese), embraces the power of bright shades and bold prints via versatile yet recognisable designs that range from matching printed separates featuring overlapping scallop detailing and pearl embellished clusters to embroidered qipaos with exaggerated ruffles and multicoloured beadwork across the collar.

Browse and shop Innai Red’s ‘Ru Yi’ collection online here

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