As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods daily, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s all but impossible to cover every single lust-worthy find we have our eyes on. That’s what you’ll find in Weekly Obsessions: 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 fashion pieces of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Berluti exclusive marble logo tee
Berluti has been undergoing a makeover for awhile now, beginning with a quick attempt by former creative director Haider Ackermann in 2017, and now Kris Van Assche after his 11-year tenure at Dior Homme. The designer has rebooted the brand into one filled with minimalistic sophistication and attitude, in an effort to represent the gentlemen of today. Now you can get your hands on his range of emblematic shoes, limited editions, along with SS20 ready-to-wear and accessories at Berluti’s new pop-up store at Harbour City (Kiosk 5, 2/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Hong Kong). In celebration of the launch of Greater China’s first pop-up store, the brand is also releasing two exclusive limited edition t-shirts — I especially adore this one in marble print pattern (HK$4,900) that is effortlessly stylish and full of character. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Nars Studio 54 collection Disco Dust lipstick
This party season, Nars dips behind the velvet ropes of New York’s storied disco Studio 54 for inspiration. A brand new limited edition collection takes everything up an extra glitzy notch: from high shine eyeshadow palettes perfect for New Year’s Eve to cheek palettes that mimic the hot flush from hours spent on the dance floor, to mini cheek and lip balm duos that are perfect to stuff in a stocking for Christmas. One of my favourites is the new Disco Dust lipstick (HK$275), a sleek black and gold number which twists out into a mesmerising, highly pigmented glimmer — you don’t even need the photo app Kirakira to achieve swoon-worthy sparkle on your lips. For myself, the shade in Jerry, brick red with a vermillion shimmer, hits that perfect sweet spot between drama and demure. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Chopard Alpine Eagle (41mm model in rose gold)
As we hurtle, screaming internally, into the festive season, I find myself with little time to properly canvas all of the new watches that seem to be hitting the web every other day. If I’m being perfectly honest, the more mundane releases — oh joy, a new dial colour! — never even see the light of published day. Not so for the Alpine Eagle: the new collection of Chopard sports watches that is inspired by the ‘St. Moritz’ design that was released back in 1980.
Made up of 10 references that can be broken into daily wearers (41mm) and a handful of bejewelled time-only executions (36mm), these are fast becoming a sleeper hit amongst the wider watch buying public — a development that I, for one, find extremely exciting. Seriously: in a world where waitlists for a Nautilus 5711 can stretch to over 8 years; and secondhand GMTs regularly move for thrice their retail pricing, Chopard’s newest novelties are a breath of fresh air, capitalising on the market’s unassailable thirst for steel sports watches whilst remaining assuredly, undeniably their own thing. All of the 36mm references are reasonably wearable, but for me personally, the 41mm format is where it’s at. Specifically the two-tone Lucent Steel/rose gold (HK$149,000), as it merges all of the disciplines that Chopard are known for — superlative finishing, material innovation, and in-house watchmaking — with the kind of vintage-inspired design queues that are currently enjoying a real resurgence. —Randy Lai, Watches Editor
David Yurman BCRF jewellery
It’s the third week of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and if you still haven’t shown your support for the cause, American luxury jeweller David Yurman is offering you an additional opportunity with its six new BCRF jewellery pieces, all especially created to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The pieces range from pinky rings to bracelets and pendant necklaces in pink sapphire and rose gold, a Cable classic bracelet in morganite and sterling silver, as well as ribbon pins in sterling silver and pink enamel. Altogether 20% of the purchase price from BCRF pieces sold will be donated. While I like all six creations, I’m drawn to the pavé pendant necklace (approx. HK$9,802) for its versatility and understated elegance. —CC