As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods every single day, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s virtually impossible to cover every single lust-worthy find we have our eyes on. That’s why we’re starting this Weekly Obsessions feature: to offer you a running list of highly covetable items we’re currently mad about — because if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours, too. From the must-have shoe of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Who says dressing up must involve heels? These Power Puff pom pom slippers by Aquazzura (HK$4,850) feature an elegant pointed silhouette that’s perfect for any occasion from day to night. I especially adore the vibrantly coloured textile designs from the SS18 collection, which are inspired by creative director Edgardo Osorio’s travels to Rajasthan, where he found himself falling in love with the precious embroideries, textures and the vivid colours of the Country’s traditional Saris. Wear them with a pleated skirt in a contrasting mix of striking hues to maximise the playful vibe! —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
The Overseas collection has been getting a lot of love from Vacheron Constantin since 2016, when the range saw a significant design revamp that brought it into the 21st century. My favourite of the new Overseas models has to be the newly introduced chronograph with “reverse panda” dial (HK$247,000), which pairs the vintage good looks of 1960s watches with all the mechanical finesse of contemporary haute horlogerie. It’s also worth noting that this is an automatic chronograph, and while there are plenty of those available in the market, there are very few to be found in the high end of the watchmaking spectrum. Like all the new Overseas models, this watch comes with three easily interchangeable straps (stainless steel links, rubber, leather), but what I love most is how it perfectly manages a sporty look without sacrificing elegance. —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor in Chief
Even the most stolid of women will crack a smile when presented with some fresh flowers. Though normally I’m more partial to forest-y, woody, smokier scents (I guess I tend to like men’s cologne more than women’s perfumes?) I recently got to check out Coach’s newest eau de parfum for summer (HK$410/30ml; HK$680/50ml; HK$890/90ml): a bright, citrusy and young feminine scent inspired by the brand’s signature tea rose insignia. It smells of a giant bouquet of pale pink roses, peonies and wildflowers, as well as fresh-cut fruit, with just enough woodiness and musk in the background to balance out the girlishness. You just can’t help feeling uplifted with this around you. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Whether it’s in shopping malls, restaurants or offices, Hong Kong’s air-conditioning seems to always be pumping on full blast, no matter the season. As the warmer weather approaches and we start wearing less layers, I always make sure I have a stylish shawl ready in my bag to avoid ironically catching a cold in the hot months. I really like this Intarsia scarf by Loewe (HK$6,900), which is woven in Italy using a blend of wool, silk and cashmere — meaning it’s light, smooth and easy to store — and features a tapestry-sque aesthetic with an array of muted colours and the house’s logo. — CC
Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time for some funky statement shirts to wear on junks and to the beach. The newly launched Prada x Mr Porter menswear capsule collection is a godsend, then, with several camp-collar printed shirts to choose from. My pick of the lot features a relatively subdued print of illustrated hot dog and hamburger stands (approx. HK$7,353). It’s made from crisp cotton and comes in a boxy cut that’s ideal for keeping you cool on hot, sticky days. Looking for something bolder? Check out this eye-catching hibiscus print. —MAC
When things are about to get as gross and sticky as they do during Hong Kong summers, a powerful cleanser to detox your mug at the end of the day is essential. Caudalie’s newest collection of cleansers do the job in four different ways: a delicate micellar water made with grape water and chamomile (HK$180/200ml); a purifying foam (HK$180/150ml); a makeup removal oil (HK$180/150ml); and a rich cleansing milk (HK$180/200ml) perfect for dry skin. I’ve been religiously reaching for the oil and milk cleansers for my nightly double cleanse, and the foam cleanser is particularly handy to keep in my gym bag. —EL