With an endless number of luxury labels in Bangkok, sometimes it’s hard keeping up with new releases all the time. At Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new launches every single day, but it’s virtually impossible to cover every single lust-worthy find we have our eyes on. That’s why we’ve created this Weekly Obsessions roundup, in order to give you an exclusive list of all the highly covetable items we are lusting over — because, if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours. From Loewe X Paula’s Patchwork Mini Shorts to Christian Louboutin’s Tote Bag and Tsumori Chisato’s Egyptian Tunic Dress, browse through our top-rated picks to uncover what we’ve been obsessing over this week.
Loewe X Paula’s Patchwork Mini Shorts
When it gets to temperatures this high, I know it’s officially time to whip out the denim shorts. But is plain denim really ever enough? Isn’t it a little more interesting to throw in some funky patterns and bold prints to the denim mix to razz things up a bit? I think so. I recently visited a pop-up featuring Spanish fashion house Loewe’s latest collaboration with Ibiza-based fashion label, Paula’s. The two brands have combined heads to bring fashionistas an extremely bohemian and more down-to-earth summer collection which plays on bold prints, bright colours and everything you’d associate with the word hippie, brought to you in the form of basket bags, bucket hats, lively espadrilles, vibrant wrap dresses and more. These Paula Patchwork Mini Shorts (THB 24,500) really did it for me though because they seem to bring together the best bits of Madrid and Ibiza, while somehow maintaining an incredibly Bohemian and hippie Bangkok vibe. Head to this cool pop-up to see the Summer 2019 collection yourself until May 19 at Emquartier, on the garden floor. – Catherine Napalai Faulder, Managing Editor
Christian Louboutin Paloma Mini PVC Calf Tote Bag
It’s scorching hot outside and I need something fun and eye-popping to go compete with the bright sun. So when I came across this Paloma Mini PVC Calf Tote Bag by Christian Louboutin (THB 61, 480), I knew it was a godsend. Crafted from a colour block PVC with spiked leather sides, this gorgeous see-through tote bag makes it chic to show off whatever cool summer essentials I have in my bag to public eyes. Let’s admit it; a transparent bag is really the perfect way to show your personality without you having to say it out loud.– Kankanit Wichiantanon, Staff Writer.
Ban.do Double Rainbow iPhone Case
Maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with any kind of refreshing beverage right now (thank you, Bangkok summer), but this spritzer iPhone Case from Ban.do is currently giving me life. The soft silicone case (THB 1,550) looks like it’s full of liquid sunshine or something, making it a perfect tech accessory for the summer. I love the subtle retro vibe of the colours and typography, and the ironic take on logo culture also happens to be an in-trend look right now. The chunky case fits iPhones 7 and 8 (and their Plus counterparts) and may or may not contain a double shot of rainbow. – Karn Chatikavanij, Style Writer
Asava Spring/Summer 2019 Bow Collar Shirt
I have always been a fan of Asava’s designs, and I have always been a strong advocate for a nice oversized bow. And whilst I was normally always looking to the Thai designer for evening and resort wear, this charming new Bow Collar Shirt (THB 8,600) proves that the man can really do it all, and design for the boardroom, too. I love that this shirt looks put-together enough to be suitable for the office, yet still has a playfulness that can be apt for a weekend look as well. Part of the Spring/Summer 2019 ‘Full Circle’ collection, the massive bow is certainly the eye-catcher, yet does not appear to be inappropriately over-the-top. It’s an art Asava really knows how to master: subtle loudness, and graceful, feminine style. Wrap a ribbon around that — what a treat. — Lisa Gries, Staff Writer
Tsumori Chisato Egyptian Tunic Dress
Ever since the days of Cleopatra or Julius Caesar, the tunic dress has been rescuing people from extreme heat. That means it’s an absolute must-have for anyone living in Thailand. I’ve always loved a good tunic dress, and when Tsumori Chisato came out with this one (THB 21,900) as part of her Egypt-inspired Resort 2019 collection, I kind of went crazy for it. Quite appropriately, Chisato used Egyptian cotton for this, which is a great choice thematically but also functionally, since the fabric is amazingly comfortable and cooling on the skin. The tunic may have been designed while Chisato was wandering through the Valley of the Kings in Cairo, but it’s just as good to wear along the hot, sweaty streets of Bangkok. The colourful drawings have a mischievous childish element and make the dress exciting enough to wear on its own. Or, you could do what the Egyptians would do: dress it up in tonnes of gold bangles, heavy earrings, and jewelled hair accessories. – KC