6 Local Labels to Get Your CNY Clothes From

Chinese New Year is just round the corner, have you done your shopping yet? If you’ve been too busy to hit the malls, support our own local labels without stepping out!

We have done the tough work by sniffing out the good stuff for you – just grab your credit cards and add to cart – happy horsing around!

1. Whole9Yards (http://whole9yards.com/)
Whole9Yards is inspired by the ethereal beauty of feminine strength through the ages. Each boutique piece celebrates inner beauty and individuality with quality fabric and superb cuts.

If prints is your thing, we’ve got our eyes on this Mystic print and colours – bright and colourful – just right for Chinese New Year, without looking like an ang bao. The skater skirt version is also available – great with heels to show off those gams!

Crop Dress in Mystic Print

Crop Dress in Mystic Print, $269.
Image credit: Whole 9 Yards

2. Noël Caleb (http://www.noelcaleb.com/)
We like how Noël Caleb engages different teams of designers (think: Apprentice) to bring sketches to life and how the team constantly get in touch with ordinary us in regularly activities and events.

Welcoming the lunar new year with a saccharine sweet image? Our fave piece hails from the Ballerina Diaries collection. This lovely draped skirt accentuates the feminine form in the right places with its tulip shape.

Bottom: Alexandrova in nude pink, $128.
Image credit: Noël Caleb

3. Love Bonito (http://www.lovebonito.com/)
Arguably one of Singapore’s top local blogshop, Love Bonito has also showcased an exclusive collaboration collection with renowned Parisian Haute Couturier, Julien Fournié, presented on a grand runway with regional and local celebrities, no less!

Want to slip on a traditional piece without looking like a waitress at the Chinese restaurant? Go oriental in this modern cheongsum – love its puffy skirt and classic detailings! Instant elegance, we say.

Jarrell Jacquard Cheongsam, $39
Image credit: Love Bonito

4. ARC (http://arcival.com/)
Islean Valath may not be a trained designer, but her label, ARC, has been receiving much hype in the local fashion scene, as well an international fan following. Each piece represents what the brand stands for: minimalism, bold and dramatic, yet flattering and wearable.

If sexy is your style, this peephole piece is sure to turn heads (hopefully the traditional folks won’t frown… but that’s something else…) alongside its figure-flattering fabric.

Peephole Panel Dress, $358 (NOW $179).
Image credit: ARC

5. Mash-up (http://www.mashupcollective.com)
Mash-up’s line is made up of bold colours, in-your-face designs and loud styles. Edgy and quirky pieces definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Whoever said we have to be boring in our Chinese New Year get-up? This psychedelic t-shirt dress screams for attention – put on your Doc Mart’s and you’re cool as a cat.

NDEBELE T-shirt dress, $89. Image credit: Mash-up

NDEBELE T-shirt dress, $89.
Image credit: Mash-up

6. Lexi Lyla (http://www.lexilyla.com)
Celebrity blogger and model, Dawn Yang, is the brains behind this label. Just like its owner, most of its collection is sexy, stylish and party-perfect.

Battling the hot weather during Chinese New Year can break a sweat! This lovely shade and frilly detail adds a touch of girlish chic – we like!

Carnation Brocade Dress Set (yellow), $32. Image credit: Lexi Lyla

Carnation Brocade Dress Set (yellow), $32.
Image credit: Lexi Lyla

We hope you manage to get a few pretty frocks for the brand new year. To our lovely readers and supporters, have a stable and magnificent Year of the Horse! :)