Local personalities reveal what they will wear for CNY this year

Local personalities reveal what they will wear for CNY this year

Six local personalities reveal what they will be wearing on Chinese New Year and the traditions they hold dear.


JANICE KOH, 41, actress and former Nominated MP

What do you plan on wearing for Chinese New Year?

This year, on the first day, I'll be wearing a cheongsam-inspired, red "sambal" dress from the home-grown label Ong Shunmugam. This two-piece set I'm wearing from the same label is more fun, less formal, and perfect for a party or visiting friends, even when it's not Chinese New Year.

Over the past few years, I've been wearing something from designer Priscilla Shunmugam for Chinese New Year. It's become a tradition in itself. I just love how she reinterprets a traditional, classic design in a contemporary and elegant way. I think I have seven or eight dresses by her.

What are the traditions you observe when it comes to dressing up for Chinese New Year?

I'm fairly old-school in that I wear something new every year, preferably with a touch of red. In fact, I do the whole shebang, making sure I have new pyjamas and new underwear as well. Same goes for my husband and sons (aged eight and 10).

I don't think I cared so much when I was younger. In fact, I recall my mum chiding me once for buying a black outfit for Chinese New Year. But now I know older folks really appreciate it when relatives visit them all decked out in red.

How do you keep your skin looking fresh throughout the day of visiting?

We visit about five homes on the first day and some of them are close to where I live, so I'm lucky that I have the chance to pop back home to freshen up. I prefer keeping my make-up light and natural, especially when I'm out and about the whole day.

How far in advance do you prepare for Chinese New Year?

I must say I'm pretty organised. I start shopping for clothes for the whole family as early as December, when it's less busy on the work front.

January is when I do minor repairs and paint jobs around the house. It's also a good time to clear out our wardrobes and the kids' toy cupboards.

I'm particularly busy this year because it's my turn to host the big annual dinner for my mum's side of the family. More than 70 people will be descending on our house on the first day, so I've been planning the menu, rental of tables and chairs, and decorating our home.

What other Chinese New Year traditions do you follow?

We usually accompany my mother-in-law to the temple during Chinese New Year to ask for blessings for the coming year. It's a meaningful ritual that I hope to continue to practise.

CHERYL WEE, 27, actress

What do you plan on wearing for Chinese New Year?

Gold is an auspicious colour, so I'll probably be wearing this sequined top from a South Korean label and this velvet Topshop mini skirt for the first day of Chinese New Year.

This outfit may be a little warm if I have to go visiting, but on the first day, I'm usually home all day because I live with my maternal grandparents and relatives will visit us.

What are the traditions you observe when it comes to dressing up for Chinese New Year?

It's traditional to wear something new from top to toe to start the new year right. For the fun of it, I'll always have something on me that is new, but not everything.

I'm so fortunate to get new clothes throughout the year, so I think that's why wearing new clothes during Chinese New Year means less to me.

How do you keep your skin looking fresh throughout the day of visiting?

My skin isn't very oily, so it's pretty manageable. I take along a bottle of facial mist from the French beauty brand Avene and spray some on whenever my skin needs freshening up.

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