FIRST, there was Hari Raya with Deepavali hot on its heels, then Christmas, and now another festival is around the corner. In a couple of weeks, we will be welcoming the Year of the Rat.
Instead of dressing up in the traditional ang or red this Chinese New Year, you might, perhaps, like to consider pastel colours for a change.
Although red is believed to bring luck, pastel colours lend a certain charm to the wearer. And, these colours can also be worn on other occasions, whether for a formal dinner or to the office.
Thus, Metrojaya's offerings for the upcoming Chinese New Year feature red as well as a range of pastel colours.
The collection, featuring pieces from Passages, Emanuelle, Monica Quen, Somerset Bay and East India Company, were paraded in a fashion show at the Metrojaya outlet in Mid Valley Megamall recently.
Versatility is an obvious consideration in the collections from Passages, Somerset and East India Company. The pieces combine traditional and contemporary elements in a fresh look that suits our multiracial community.
The pieces can be teamed with pants or long skirts and will remain useful outfits in one's wardrobe long after the Chinese New Year celebrations are over.
The women's and men's Chinese New Year collections from these labels feature detailing with bead-ing and embroidery.
While the mandarin collar, frog fastening and embroidered motifs grace some of the pieces, others show influences of Japanese traditions, like the kimono style and sakura (cherry blossom).
Meanwhile, for those who prefer to make an impact in the traditional cheongsam, Emmanuel's collection of-fers an array of classic designs.
Elegant and flattering with their mandarin collar, frog fastening, colourful embroidery, peony floral motifs and form-fitting cut, they accentuate the wearer's femininity.
The pieces come in pink, peach and maroon in addition to the traditional red.