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From Alexa’s af­ter-dark sta­ple to Réal­i­sa­tion Par’s throw­back homage, here’s why you need cheongsam dresses

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You only have to step into Zara or Top­shop to know fash­ion has gone east this sea­son. Ki­monos have made a come­back, while geisha-es­que plat­forms are the footwear du jour. And dresses? They’re jacquard and as slinky as they come. How­ever, we’re not talk­ing the shiny man­darin frocks sported by the Spice Girls in the 90s; oh no, this sea­son’s take on the trend is way more fancy than it is border­line fancy dress.

First cre­ated in Shang­hai dur­ing the 1920s for the so­cial elite, the tra­di­tional ori­en­tal dress – known as a cheongsam – is fast be­com­ing the street­style set’s new frock go-to, and it’s all thanks to the blue cre­ation from Alexa Chung’s newly launched name­sake col­lec­tion. Oh, Alexa, is there any­thing you can’t make in­de­scrib­ably cool?

Team long-sleeve styles with metal­lic slid­ers and tanned pins for easy day-to-night dress­ing, while strappy styles can be worn on their own or lay­ered over a clas­sic white tee for nights out. Just add sexy wrap san­dals. Or try chan­nelling it for work with Top­shop’s tea dress sil­hou­ette. Chop­stick hair op­tional.

l For more sum­mer frock in­spo, head to p48...

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