Cover Photo: Innai Red

Lockdown or not, who says you can't celebrate the Year of the Ox in style? Here are our favourite collections from Malaysian designers.

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Khoon Hooi

A name that needs no introduction in the local fashion industry, Khoon Hooi introduces fine tailoring for Chinese New Year 2021. The seasonal ready-to-wear collection features spring florals interpreted through cheerful and luxurious peony brocade, qipao elements, traditional Chinese embellishments, high mandarin collars and crochet lace.

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Melinda Looi

Titled Péngyǒu, Melinda Looi wanted to celebrate friendship with her Cruise and Lunar New Year 2021 collection (the name of the collection means 'friend' in Hokkien). "In times like these, it’s important that we celebrate people and bring joy in any way we can,” Looi says.

The collection follows a whimsical path with its vivid colours, beautiful yet quirky cheongsams. and fun printed t-shirts.

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Celest Thoi

Beginning the new year with fresh blooms, Celest Thoi launched the Flora-scence Chinese New Year 2021 collection inspired by the blossoms of Spring Garden Keukenhof in Netherlands. Reimagining the colourful muses and the carefree life before the pandemic, the capsule collection serves as a reminder to stay cheerful and festive.

Focusing on fitting silhouette as well as A-line and peplum styles, the collection is made-to-order, so individual measurements will be made for the perfect fit and comfort. “Everyone should have a good tailored qipao that accentuates the figure” says Thoi.

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Brian Khoo

From lush gardens to floral prints, Brian Khoo's Lunar 2021 collection is absolutely gorgeous. Highlights include a unisex reverse shirt in blossom print, a sleeveless cheongsam with playful feathers, and a mandarin collar shirt with printed goldfish and irises.

For more information, visit its official website.

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Innai Red

This Chinese New Year, Innai Red pays homage to the vibrant beauty of Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown. The collection consists of feminine, elegant, nostalgic oriental elements with fine modern tailoring. It's a symphony of traditional chinoiserie motifs and rich ornamental fabrics set against this season's vivid colour palette.

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Behati has crafted a contemporary Lunar New Year collection of traditional attires with a modern twist. From a cheongsam-inspired corset top that's designed to match with your favourite jeans to a structured samfu top in taffeta fabric and oversized cheongsams, this is an unusual yet so festive chic collection.

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