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.
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It’s not even officially on the market yet, but Celine‘s ‘The 16’ handbag — a.k.a. Hedi Slimane‘s first bag creation for the house — is already on my wishlist. Available in three sizes come November, this brand-new arm candy is named after the 17th-century Parisian mansion at 16 Rue Vivienne and features a sleek silhouette with very attractive curves, topped with a 60s-inspired top handle, beautifully cropped flap and belted details. Now we’ll just have to wait to see what else Slimane has prepared for us at his debut runway show for Celine, scheduled to kick off at Paris Fashion Week this Friday. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Fending off signs of ageing is the top concern for women once they hit their mid-twenties, and for me, Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream has been one I reserve for weeks where I really need that extra boost. Estee Lauder’s best selling ANR range barely needs introduction, but this latest ANR Supercharged Complex Synchronised Recovery eye cream (HK$495/15ml) has just been revamped to fit our modern routines: The lightweight, fast-absorbing gel cream now helps to block blue light. Emitted from our devices, studies have shown they can inhibit our natural nighttime repair processes at a cellular level, further promoting premature signs of ageing. So as much as you should put the phone away early for a restful night of sleep, you’ll want to tap on some ANR eye cream to maximise that twinkly-eyed, forever young look. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Even though they are rather ridiculously expensive for a new brand, these Polka-dot PVC and tulle mules (HK$12,775) by street-style-star-turn-designer Ada Kokosar‘s label, Midnight 00, are hard to resist. From the sharp, sleek silhouette, to the ruffled crystal-embellished tulle and the PVC finishing that wraps around the entire shoe — this pair of high-shine mules comprises a very attractive mix of some of the most lust-worthy elements of trending footwear at the moment. Given its crazy price tag and up-and-coming brand status, it’s no surprise that these shoes has already been spotted on a number of world-renowned fashion stars across the globe. —CC
For years, men have tried to imitate David Beckham, whether it be his tussled hair or ruggedly good looks— and now with the recent launch of his grooming brand House 99 (available exclusively at Beauty&You at The Shilla Duty Free), Hongkongers might just have a chance to capture the Beckham look. Even for those gents who normally wouldn’t bat an eye for the football star, the range still enhances any washbag repertoire, particularly for travellers picking up last-minute essentials at the airport. Targeting the most common of men’s grooming concerns, the Greater Look Face Moisturiser (HK$220) is apparently one of David’s favourites — perfect for dehydrating flights as it soothes without leaving behind any evidence of greasy shine. —EL
Despite the constant and angry naysaying of the “business casual” crowd, ties — those beautiful, irreverent and ornamental necker-things we ostensibly require an occasion to wear — continue to soldier on. After all, there will always be weddings, graduations and other splendid occasions to attend; and in these instances ties can prove not only appropriate but extremely fun to don. This particular number (HK$1,890) made up in a crispy grenadine weave of lemon and claret silk will do nicely in more casual ensembles; and (as with most styles from Japanese designer Kenji Kaga) is made with a 7-fold construction method, ensuring it maintains a generous knot whilst tied. Available now via Bryceland’s. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer