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 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 shoe of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Knowing that we might not yet be ready to say goodbye to the equestrian knight motif that’s featured on Burberry’s logo for two whole decades, the brand has set up a special travelling pop-up store, The Burberry Conservatory, featuring a capsule collection of limited-edition Belt bags embroidered all over with the classic motif. The bag, which is available in two sizes and various colour ways, is actually amongst the last works designed by former Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey, so it’s a great way to honour the brand’s previous legacy as we welcome the new era helmed by Riccardo Tisci. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
The Burberry Conservatory pop-up store runs from now through 20 September at the Landmark Atrium, Central.
Whether you impatiently wait for your fix of pumpkin spice latte each year or your chance to don a devilish new costume for Halloween — the fall season brings plenty cause for celebration. Just in time for fall festivities, Dior’s seasonal look is awash in gorgeous fiery tones from captivating nail varnishes in orange and acid yellow to alluring nude gold-toned luminisers to offset a dark and mysterious lip. It’s all about a “devilish spirit” erupting through a radiant complexion, says makeup creative director, Peter Phillips. To really pull the whole renewed femme fatale look together, I can’t resist the new 5 Couleurs five-shade eye palettes (HK$560), which highlight striking orange against a blueish neutral, or complement an unusual dark ruby with mossy tan and chocolate tones, all encased in Dior’s signature luxurious quilted embossing. It’s sure to be a delight to use this season. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Belted blazers, especially those with checked patterns (or in this case, houndstooth) should be on everyone’s radar come fall. They are simply so versatile, not to mention stylish and timeless. This particular version by J.W. Anderson is an exclusive design for Net-a-Porter (HK$9,188), and features a belt that can be wrapped multiple times around your waist for a more effortless vibe. Style it with a t-shirt, loose trousers and sneakers for a contemporary look filled with both personality and ease, or go with a simple turtleneck sweater and boots for a more sophisticated flair. —CC
There’s an undeniable ruggedness to the handsome (bimonthly) releases that Antonio Ciongoli is designing over at 18 East. The Rugby Ralph Lauren alum’s new label — under the wider ambit of American lifestyle brand Roller Rabbit — puts traditional handicraft at its creative centre; but always in a way that emphasises resilience and wearability. The “Trekking” sweater (HK$2,943) from the American designer’s debut collection for 18 East, is evidence of this ethos in action. Made in Modena from 100% merino wool, the Trekking is a gutsy knitwear style made with racking stitched shoulders (reinforced to take the strain from backpacks and over-the-shoulder luggage) and almost-voluminous proportions. Tough, cosy and gimmick free, this is the ultimate in investment knitwear — the kind of thing Robert Capa might have worn at Omaha Beach. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
One of my first ever go-to makeup products when I was younger was a mousse blush — the DreamMousse by Maybelline. Over the years I’ve gone through a few timely upgrades, but that airy, soft, angelic mousse texture still gets me, promising colour payoff and easy blendability even when applied with your hands. Happily for me, Shiseido’s latest makeup overhaul has resulted in a new product befitting for grown up finger-painting makeup aficionados. The Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush (HK$220) features a lusciously creamy, souffle-like texture that blends beautifully in an array of eight shades. It’s weightless to a point where you don’t feel a thing, even on your fingers, and feels nicely breathable on the skin. —EL