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|DEJA VU VINTAGE |
01-18 The Cathay
Silk printed cheongsam, $189, from Deja Vu Vintage; cotton knit cardigan, $73.83, from GG<5, 03-15 Paragon; leather belt, $55, from Hide & Seek, 22B Hong Kong Street; diamante bangle, $85, from Aldo, 03-24 Wisma Atria
Specialty: Like all other clothes in the store, the cheongsam are vintage, dating back to the 1950s or 1960s.
The range: Lightweight designs better suited for daywear to more luxurious designs made with silk and brocade. There is also a selection of Oriental-style lace tops.
Price: $109 for a day cheongsam from the 1970s to $355 for a hand-beaded cheongsam from the 1950s
|FUCHSIA LANE |
03-05 Red Dot Building, 28 Maxwell Road (by appointment only; tel: 9748-6717); The Shop @ Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane; Chai Fashion Emporium, Level 1 Liang Court
Beaded cotton silk dress, $488, from Fuchsia Lane; cotton tuxedo jacket, $435, from Club Monaco, B1-12 Ngee Ann City; ring, $79, from Quintessential, 02-01 Pacific Plaza
Specialty: Handsewn designs made using materials such as cotton and jersey and embellished with funky prints, crystals, sequins and lace for a kitschy appeal.
The range: Dresses, tops, skirts and accessories.
Price: $89 for a cardigan to $488 for a crystal and sequined lace dress (only six pieces available)
|LAI CHAN |
02-10 Raffles Hotel
French lace beaded cheongsam evening dress, $1,880, from Lai Chan; crystal bangle, $589, and leather clutch, $459, both from Quintessential
Specialty: Classy, traditional-looking cheongsam known for their flattering cut and made with luxe materials such as Italian silk and crepe.
The range: Cheongsam dresses for both day and night.
Price: $700 to $7,000
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|RENEE L. COLLECTIONS |
01-04 Delfi Orchard
French lace cheongsam evening dress, $4,800, from Renee L. Collections; bangle, $45, from Aldo, 03-24 Wisma Atria; leather heels, price unavailable, from Prada, 01-45 Paragon
Specialty: Feminine, classic cheongsam made from fabrics such as French lace with intricate embellishments.
The range: Evening and bridal cheongsam dresses.
Price: $2,000 to $15,000
|MY MANDARIN COLLAR |
02-04 Willyn Ville, 1 Holland Avenue (by appointment only; tel: 8383-5252); +20 Bulbs, 01-08 The Cathay (Till next friday only)
Silk cheongsam top, $248, from My Mandarin Collar at +20 Bulbs; wool prinstriped men's jacket, made to measure by Koops, and silk pants, $128, by Trioon, both from Hide & Seek, 22B Hong Kong Street; patent leather heels, $175, and black beaded necklace, $85, both from Aldo, 03-24 Wisma Atria
Specialty: Modern silhouettes adorned with classic Mandarin collars and made with fabrics such as Thai silk and French lace. Each design comes in only four pieces.
The range: Tops, cocktail and evening dresses, pants, skirts, bridal cheongsam and tea dresses.
Price: $88 for a top to $1,888 for a bridal outfit
|SHANGHAI TANG |
02-12G Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Silk embroidered cheongsam dress, $940, and suede leather bag, $800, both from Shanghai Tang
Specialty: Bright and funky take on traditional Chinese silhouettes such as the cheongsam and tunic tops in luxurious fabrics. Does menswear too.
The range: Tops, dresses, pants and both fashion and lifestyle accessories such as key chains and notebooks.
Price: $10 for a greeting card to $8,000 for a made-to-measure beaded cheongsam dress
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| XI |
03-30 Paragon; 03-14 and 03-50 Tanglin Shopping Centre; B1-64 Raffles City
Silk embroidery top, $249, from Xi; denim wide-legged jeans, $560, from Love Moschino, 02-20 Hilton Shopping Gallery; jade pendant, $79, by Reina Dvine from +20 Bulbs, 01-08 The Cathay
Specialty: Cheongsam made with materials such as silk, denim and cotton with a sophisticated, East-meets-West flair.
The range: Tops, dresses, pants and accessories.
Price: $49 for a top to $499 for a cheongsam dress
|TONG TONG THE FRIENDSHIP STORE |
01-04 Shaw Towers
Striped silk cheongam dress, $269, from Tong Tong The Friendship Store, 01-04 Shaw Towers; polka dotted socks, $25, from Hide & Seek, 22B Hong Kong Street; patent leather heels, $895, from Louis Vuitton, 01-07 Ngee Ann City; faux leather bag, $195, and feather head piece, $85, both from Deja Vu Vintage, 01-18 The Cathay
Started: Began as Tan Tan in 2006 but changed its name following an expansion last year.
Specialty: Cute and quirky adaptations of cheongsam made with modern materials such as denim and cotton. They come in modern silhouettes such as the empire waist and A-line skirt.
The range: Cheongsam dresses, cheongsam-inspired tops and accessories.
Price: $99 for a cotton top to $599 for an embellished silk cheongsam dress