The Singapore Fashion Week is here. Unlike previous years, this year’s annual fashion extravaganza is slated to take place in October, which leaves us very little time to put together a SFW-worthy ‘#OOTD’. The stage has been set for notable international designers and industry professionals to grace the event; we may not have any avant garde runway collection to showcase to their discerning eyes, but we do want to showcase our unique sense of style in the spirit of the event.
That said, the clock is ticking. One final round of shopping beckons. Do you go zipping down Orchard Road for the thousandth time just to be annoyed by the heat and crowd? Most likely not. While you are still chilling in the air-conditioned comfort of your bedroom, go connect to your wifi network and check out these luxury online boutiques instead. They have such large collections of bags and shoes from designer brands you’ll feel like you’re shopping in the heart of Milan or Paris. The best part? They can be sent right to your doorstep at a click of the mouse, just in time for SFW ’16.
If you go “Huh?” at the mention of Net-A-Porter, you are most definitely not a true blue online shopper, or a shopper for the matter. Net-A-Porter has grown to become the top luxury online shopping portal since its humble days as a passed-over fashion startup, and the website stocks some of the widest range of designer bags like Dolce & Gabbana, Chloé, Valentino and Miu Miu. Fans of Victoria Beckham can also get the opportunity to own a piece of her by checking out her collection, which is certainly not runway shy. Every week, online shoppers can find a new issue of ‘The Edit’ magazine and get in touch with the latest trends of the season.
Orders of over US$300 will get you free express shipping to Singapore. Looking at how most of those glittery clutches and shoulder slings cost at least thrice of that, you are pretty much guaranteed to save on the delivery.
So, are you ready to net yourself a new leather tote to grow your personal collection?
The Fifth Collection
Founded back in 2014 by Editor-in-Chief Nejla Matam-Finn, The Fifth Collection goes one step beyond the four seasonal collections to bring online shoppers the, well, fifth collection. And this collection is all about the vintage goodness; the website features specially curated collectibles from carefully vetted sellers, as well as vintage items like Chanel bags and Yves Saint Laurent accessories. The Fifth Collection also brings in the season’s latest arrivals that are sold out rather quickly. But if you managed to get your hands on a calfskin Dior bag you’ve been greedily eyeing, you might be happy to know that next day island-wide delivery is free.
Farfetch prides itself on merging 400 luxury brands into one e-commerce wonderland, and the fashionistas sure have something to grin over. Especially so since these brands come from the high fashion capitals of Milan, Paris and New York.
Go under ‘Shop Women’ and you can browse everything from Stella McCartney bags and Jimmy Choos to Alexander McQueen dresses and Prada shades. The men are not left out of the online shopping fun too; there is much to be desired when you look at the very in-demand range of bomber jackets, and also the mad stylish backpacks that would leave other men wondering why they didn’t take their man bags more seriously.
Fashion forward parents, you can also start breeding the budding model in your children by shopping the kids’ category.
Farfetched ships worldwide and has a free collection service for all customers looking for returns.
UK-originated Matches Fashion is posing a serious contender on the luxury online shopping scene. Their deep catalogue of top-of-the-line bags would leave shoppers spoiled for choice, and in turn we’d probably see them spoiling themselves with the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Anya Hindmarch and Bao Bao Issey Miyake.
Swearing by technology to deliver the best of fashion to customers, Matches Fashion ships to over 170 countries and has a 24/7 MyStylist service to dress you up like a VIP. Anytime, anywhere. As if that’s not enough, they have a weekly ‘Style Report’ e-zine for fresh out the oven inspirations and how-to’s.
The best of European fashion is found right here, and it is just a click away. La Prendo was set up back in 2006 and it has become a one-stop shop for pret-a-porter collections, jewellery, lingerie and shoes. Of course, you have the bags too. You’ll find plenty of Victoria Beckham and Mansur Gavriel features, which have been some of the more well-received choice picks at La Prendo. Although you can easily have them ordered and delivered straight to your home, you can indulge in a physical shopping experience when you pop by the fine jewellery boutique at Takashimaya or clothing store at Dempsey hill.
With an influx of new arrivals every week, Stylebop makes sure that your wardrobe never goes stale. The first thing shoppers would notice upon entering the site are the large beautiful visuals, as well as the top recommended picks of the week by the side. It is likely you’ll be spending more time on the site than you should, with all the shopping and reading. On top of the informative editorials, Stylebop has also included personal fashion concierge services for that all-important second opinion. Does it really hurt to have another expertly mind decide if the Marc Jacobs clutch you are hankering after goes well with that Balmain dress in your cart? Stylebop doesn’t think so.