The best of CNY fashion from five Malaysian brands

KUALA LUMPUR, January 16 — The Lunar New Year is once again upon us.

As we enter the Year of the Rabbit and away from the gloom of the pandemic and quarantine, we find ourselves in a good mood again and try to answer the most important question – what to wear for the new year?

While some fashion brands put emphasis on non-traditional colors and others on wacky details like feather trim, it’s safe to say that everyone is constantly on the lookout for a fresh modern take on a traditional classic.

So who has the best updated look for Chinese New Year? Here are five domestic brands and their holiday offers.

For Mell, think unisex casual chic, suitable for the office or an after-work drink.  — Image courtesy of Melinda Looi

For Mell, think unisex casual chic, suitable for the office or an after-work drink. — Image courtesy of Melinda Looi

Melinda Looi

Mell is back, and just in time for Chinese New Year!

Launched in 2003, Mell is a more affordable ready-to-wear line within the Melinda Looi family of designer brands. In 2009, Mell went out of business due to rising rental prices, but is now back, much to the delight of Looi’s fans and customers.

“People today don’t just want designer clothes, they want affordable designer clothes,” Looi said.

“I still use quality material even if I can’t use Melinda Looi’s premium material,” she told Malay Post at the recent Mello relaunch at the Parkson Pavilion.

Mell includes pieces that are fun and easy to wear. Consider unisex casual chic, equally suitable for the office or after-office drinks.

Bright colors are seen in a flamingo orange pleated skirt matched with a bold print top, as well as a lapis lazuli blue crop top worn with fire engine red palazzo pants.

We also offer a range of jacquard and brocade qipaos dresses and distinctive batik cheongsam dresses.

For more details visit https://melindalooi.com/.

From Behati, an alluring qipao dragon top with puff sleeves and mini skirt.  — Image courtesy of Behati

From Behati, an alluring qipao dragon top with puff sleeves and mini skirt. — Image courtesy of Behati

Behati

What’s not to love about Behati? The label is fun, colorful and multicultural, with its selection of pink cheongsam mini dresses with bubble gum corsets and cropped brocade qipao tops paired with mini skirts.

If skirts aren’t your thing, dress up the look with cargo pants, jeans or denim shorts.

Continuing their oversized theme from previous collections, men can choose from magu, li bai and tang shirts, but in a wider range of colors and with larger buttons.

Other highlights include a maroon hanfu dress with a cape, a tang top with functional pockets, and Qing Hua’s blue and white porcelain motif on T-shirts and shorts.

Visit https://behati.my/ for more information.

Khoon Hooi, CNY offering includes Li Qui (left) and Wan Qian, fitted brocade dress with detachable crystal embellished cape.  — Image courtesy of Khoon Hooi

Khoon Hooi, CNY offering includes Li Qui (left) and Wan Qian, fitted brocade dress with detachable crystal embellished cape. — Image courtesy of Khoon Hooi

Khoon Hooi

The classic look is updated at Khoon Hooi with modern details and dramatic twists that are a joy to behold.

There is the Mei Hui, a dotted qipao decorated with ostrich feathers. Other key looks include Li Qui, a long-sleeved velvet chiffon top with a mandarin collar paired with straight-leg pants, and Wan Qian, a form-fitting brocade dress with a detachable crystal embellished cape.

Let’s not forget the Xui Ying, a flirty drop-waist dress featuring a two-tone design in geometric lace and textured brocade.

For menswear, the designer offers reversible satin samfu tops in soothing color combinations.

For more information, visit https://khoonhooi.com/.

Elegant brocade qipao with asymmetrical ruffles from Maarimaija.  — Image courtesy of Maarimai

Elegant brocade qipao with asymmetrical ruffles from Maarimaija. — Image courtesy of Maarimai

Maarimaia

If the combination of brocade skirt and qipao is your favorite, then you are spoiled for choice with this brand’s ready-to-wear collection.

The midi pencil skirt is cut from thick woven brocade and features a slit at the back, as well as a high-waisted cinching band.

For its first made-to-order collection, which was just launched this year, more luxurious brocade is on offer.

Choose from updated qipaos with asymmetric ruffles and feathers, mini cheongsams with cutouts, and traditional A-line qipaos. A total of 11 layouts are available that can be adapted to the wishes of each customer.

Visit https://maarimaia.com/ for more details.

From Styled by Peter Lum, a dark pink lucky coin cheongsam.  — Image courtesy of Peter Lum

From Styled by Peter Lum, a dark pink lucky coin cheongsam. — Image courtesy of Peter Lum

Peter Lum

For his brand Styled by Peter Lum, the designer was inspired by the iconic qipaos worn by Maggie Cheung in the film In the mood for love.

The cheongsam in this collection is devoid of traditional pankou knots or frog buttons, giving it a clean, attractive look.

Another key look is a cropped cheongsam top with flirty ruffles worn with a skirt or trousers. Elegant yet comfortable wrap dresses are also available to keep you cool as you make the rounds at the upcoming function.

For more details visit Instagram @styledbypeterlum.

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