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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Gabriela Hearst‘s leather bags have long been an all-year favourite amongst fashion lovers and insiders, so much so that there is always a waiting list of over a thousand shoppers eagerly waiting to get their hands on one of these cult favourites. While these bags can normally be ordered only through Hearst’s official site, we luckily have Lane Crawford to help us pull some major strings: available only through 5 July, Hong Kong fashionistas can now shop for these timeless designs directly at Lane Crawford’s ifc store and online. My personal favourite? The ‘Demi’ leather dumpling bag in white snakeskin leather (HK$22,500), or the dark green version in suede (HK$16,500). —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
When I pack for a vacation, I always run into the dilemma of not knowing which pair of shades to bring along with me, and end up having at least three eyewear boxes that take up way too much space in my suitcase — not ideal when you’re actually trying to travel light, or when you need more room for that extra pair of shoes or two. Cue the Chanel new Summer 2018 eyewear collection, which features a spectacle frame in butterfly, oval or square shapes that come with two pairs of clip-on sunglasses in choices of in white, cream, burgundy, tortoiseshell or black (HK$4,900) — a clever three-in-one design that adds practicality to the house’s signature timeless aesthetics. —CC
I’m always in awe of women who can step off a flight and still look glam. I’m not talking about people who stomp on and off the flight cabin in stiletto heels (y’all are ridiculous). Personally, I just enjoy being comfortable when flying, which — unfortunately for me — normally translates to looking “tired,” simply because I’m not wearing any makeup. Aside from wanting a good concealer, what really brightens up the face is thick, dark, lifted lashes. I’ve been resting my eyelashes from lash extensions for many months now, and one mascara that really gives me similar prominent lashes is Benefit’s Badgal Bang! Mascara (HK$240). Boasting 36-hour wear, I can vouch for its magic in retaining perky lashes from morning ’till night without budging or smudging: even through a restless flight from Japan back to Hong Kong. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Thanks to the designer set at the European fashion shows, the camp collar shirt is getting a lot of traction with the general public in 2018. Irreverent, insouciant and just a tad seedy (in a good way), it’s high time this surprisingly versatile shirting got its dues. Known for the distinctive lapel-esque collar from which its name derives, the camp collar shirt has long been a secret weapon amongst discerning gents in the summertime. This particular version, by Japanese label Groovin High, wouldn’t be out of place on an Alessandro Michele moodboard with a build quality equal to that of — and in many ways superior to — most equivalents on the runway. Featuring a blended silk/rayon body and straight back yoke, this shirt is also decorated with an eccentric dragon motif: the kind of detail which evokes a touch of loucheness without careening into fashion’s more absurd tropes. Available now at Bryceland’s Hong Kong (HK$1,980). —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
Nars has the whole town blushing with its new limited edition lip lacquer, made in the brand’s notorious/iconic peachy, glimmery gold shade of Orgasm. For Nars fans worldwide, why wouldn’t you be obsessed? The universally flattering shade is now available for a limited time as a Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer (HK$250). More than a lip gloss, the lacquer typically gives off a mirror-like creamy sheen on the lips with incredible colour payoff, but for Orgasm, it’s looking to be a more subtle semi-translucent finish with gold flecks. From far away, it’s almost a rosy chrome effect that makes your pout that little bit more glam — a staple everyday nude that packs plenty of oomph. It’s sure to sell out fast, so head over to your closest Nars counter to get your hands on one. —EL