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.
They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and that’s exactly what inspired Christian Louboutin‘s newly launched ‘Loubi in Progress’ collection. These super sleek ‘So Kate Booty’ boots (HK$9,800), along with the rest of the collection ranging from women and men’s footwear and leather goods, are made using crumpled and torn-up pieces of the brand’s signature red-lined paper bags, which were then hand-assembled into collages, before being put on display under a glossy layer of PVC — a clever way to hit the transparent and logomania trends with one stone. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
I was never really into bucket bags, mostly because though they look beautiful sitting on a shelf, they don’t really fit my frame. Then there’s this issue where they just keep swinging and twirling around while you move, which drives me crazy. Chloé‘s Roy mini bucket bag (HK$13,790), however, just might change my mind. It’s got a slightly flatter design, which solves my movement problem, and it’s also got a chic and relaxed look, which I adore. But that’s not all: The bag can also be worn three different ways, with one shorter leather strap for shoulder carry and another adjustable, longer strap for long shoulder or cross-body carry, so it can be tailored for any outfit. —CC
Hot off the heels of the recent launch of the Dior Backstage makeup line, which gave us an insider’s look at the magic that goes on behind runways and cameras, the new Diorshow 2018 further allows us to embrace small touches of theatrical, editorial looks in our everyday routines. Now, I’m pretty conventional when it comes to eye makeup, but the whopping 15 summery shades of the new Onstage Liner (HK$275) are really tempting me to experiment with colour and geometric designs. The yellow — a bright pop of ochre — is perfect for my easily tanned skin, while the white liner makes eyes look bigger and more awake. I’m quite partial to the millennial pink shade too, perfect for cute little K-inspired wings at the outer corners of the eyes. They’re available at all Dior beauty boutiques after the weekend, on 1 July. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
True-to-form, Richard Mille rung in 2018 with a suitably bombastic release that ticks all of the brand’s signature boxes. High-concept watchmaking? Check. Inspiration from the world of professional sports? Of course. Stupefying price tag? Naturally. Designed with creative input from Pablo McDonough, the RM 53-01 (HK$900,000) is Mille’s second release to be inspired by the ancient equestrian sport of polo. Visually speaking, the watch resides within the confines of Mille’s traditional design language: featuring a tonneau case, spline screws and the kind of open-worked movement which are all characteristic of the brand. The latter is particularly impressive, as it’s visibly suspended in the midsection of the RM 53-01 by way of an elaborate cable-and-pulley system. Admittedly, legibility isn’t a priority for this watch but as a pure exercise in craft it’s undoubtedly fascinating. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
I’m lucky that I get to sample so many different brands of foundation in this line of work, but one that I keep reaching for and repurchasing is Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Foundation (I’m in shade 210), launched last year. Trust Rihanna to deliver that kind of unbeatable radiance, and in a beautifully diverse spectrum of 40 shades, too. Gliding on effortlessly with crazy pigmentation, I only ever need one pump for full even coverage: Blending with my fingers, my dark circles are faded out in seconds. It just looks so smooth and weightless it’s like my own skin, but just matte and more gorgeous. I normally apply it after face oil as primer, which gives it an ever-so-slightly dewy, hydrated glow, meaning I barely need much else, really. If you haven’t jumped on RiRi’s beauty bandwagon yet, it’s better late than never. —EL