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.
There are so many traditional artisans hidden in different parts of the world, all equipped with such precious knowledge and skills so unique and distinctive, you won’t be able find it anywhere else on the globe. Christian Louboutin has always been fascinated by the unique beauty of individual cultures; following a trip to Manila, he felt especially inspired by the iconic trucks — known as Jeepneys — that are adorned with vibrant decorations, and wanted to reinterpret them into new Louboutin crests. To do that, he partnered up with the GREAT Women in the ASEAN initiative to create two limited-edition Manilacaba cabas bags (HK$14,500 each), which are not only beautiful, but will also help support economic empowerment of Asian women artisans and their craftsmanship. For every Manilacaba purchased, 10% of the benefits will be donated straight to the initiative. High quality fashion with a meaningful cause? Yes please. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Just looking at the photos of Dior’s latest summer makeup collection, they’re absolutely irresistible: calling for poolside glam with bright pops of colour on the eyes (aquatic blues) and lips (watermelon and grapefruit tones). But they’re also very practical for the searing heat we’ve been having all weekend. I particularly love the Cooling Stick (HK$300) in #002 — a versatile shade of golden shimmer, which works for the inner eye corners as well as for your eyelids. I use it as a highlighter on my cheekbones and nose too, particularly after the gym or when touching up on the go. The best thing about it, as the name suggests, is that when you swipe it on it actually gives off a gentle cooling sensation! There’s also #001, a bronze brown tone that would be excellent for smoky eyes, and #003, a gorgeous rosy pink shimmer. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Summer is here, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for cover-ups for my next beach vacation. I really like this Xok pareo by Caravana (HK$1,505) for its casual but sophisticated design, thanks to the muted blue hue, fringed hem and beige leather strap. It’s also very light as it’s cut from airy cotton-gauze and, most importantly, it can be worn as a skirt, but also styled into an elegant halter neck dress, so you can keep your suitcase light without compromising your style. —CC
I’m still reeling from Bruno Mars’ exceptional concert two weekends ago at AsiaWorld-Expo, particularly the swoon-worthy jazz solo wizardry by his band — I’m sure I’m not alone on this. Aside from his talent and starpower, you can also credit Mars for sliding Versace hotly back into the fore of public awareness in the past year, thanks to his wardrobe of late, and of course, that dreamy single, “Versace on the Floor“. It comes at no better time then, that the exquisite Versace medusa rears its head in the world of ladies’ fragrance just in time for the Hong Kong summer, with their iteration of the men’s Dylan Blue cologne (from HK$590/30ml). According to Donatella herself, the scent was created to be strong, sensuous yet refined, for “a woman who knows her own power.” Dressed in sapphire and gold in a bottle reminiscent of a Grecian amphora, you’re hit with a delicious hit of sharp, juicy granny smith apple, rounded out nicely with blackcurrant, jasmine and the seductive notes of a patchouli heart, white woods and musk. —EL
Summer has already begun to rear its fiery head in Hong Kong, and that means an opportunity to break out the gregarious seasonal colours. For classic menswear enthusiasts, it’s also that time of year most suited to casual clothing. After all, when the sun is beating down relentlessly comfort is king – which is where these washed jeans (approx. HK$2,526) by London boutique Anglo-Italian come into play. The brand uses selvedge denim sourced from Kuroki Mills in Japan. Weighing roughly 13 ounces, it’s a workable weight for summer. Moreover, these jeans are hand bleached in order to achieve a slightly dusty pale blue — striking an attractive balance between versatility and seasonality. Cut with a slight taper and mid-rise, they are equally at home with a linen sportcoat or statement tee. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer