May and June is fashion season in Singapore, with big sales, major discounts, international fashion showcases and runway shows all over the city
In addition to being a business hub, a nightlife centre, a cultural mecca and a foodie’s paradise, Singapore has some seriously fabulous shopping opportunities. You could max out your credit card on Orchard Road alone, with Asia’s most famous shopping street being packed with high-end boutiques, designer shops, high-street finds, and everything else in between.
While any time’s a good time to shop in Singapore, fashionistas will find it most exciting to be in the city between May and July for the Great Singapore Sale (GSS). Kicking off on May 29, the eight-week long shopping event happens island-wide, with an endless list of malls and shops (yes, even the smaller, indie spots) putting out irresistible deals and crazy discounts on everything from fashion, beauty and home décor to electronics, hotel stays and dining. If you’re here for the sale, don’t forget your Tourist Privilege Card, which gives you access to exclusive discounts and souvenirs. Pick one up from any major malls in Singapore.
Shopaholics of the world should also mark May 11 – 17 2015 into their calendars – for Asia Fashion Exchange (AFX), the city’s marquee event for all things stylish, is on the horizon. Experience the most visionary and progressive of local, Asian and international fashion at this showcase, which consists of four pillar events, namely Singapore Fashion Week, BLUEPRINT, a big fashion competition, and Asia Fashion Summit.
It’s also one of the first fashion festivals in the world to introduce the public to traditionally by-invite-only shows. Everyone is welcome, though tickets to the big-name showcases sell out quickly. Top international labels, models and celebrities including Prabal Gurung, Oscar De La Renta, Erin O’ Connor, and Kate Bosworth graced the festival last year, but the spotlight is also on Asia’s top talents and Singapore’s brightest designers.
Of course, no fashion week is complete without glitzy after-parties – don’t leave them out of your fashion-filled itinerary!
This article was published in the second edition of Honeycombers’ Singapore Insider (April-June) print guide. Want more? Pick up the printed edition for free at Singapore Visitor Centres island-wide, including Orchard (junction of Cairnhill Road and Orchard Road), orchardgateway, ION Orchard (Level 1 Concierge), and Chinatown Visitor Centre (2 Banda Street). Alternatively, download the full guide in PDF format, or visit Your Singapore.