As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods daily, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s all but 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.
Newly introduced at Lane Crawford, this gorgeous dress by Solace London (HK$1,400) makes for ideal party wear during the Christmas season — but it’s equally wearable as spring cocktail attire. I myself have a few weddings to attend in early 2019, and am keeping my eyes peeled for all the stylish cocktail dresses I can find, with designs which are at once comfortable, stylish and flattering (even after one too many Christmas dinners). Here, these rippled drapes and the structured, clean cut give a much-needed contouring effect. Available exclusively at Lane Crawford. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Inspired by the spectacles that Gregory Peck wore in To Kill A Mockingbird, Oliver Peoples’ eponymous frames have been a fixture on stylish dudes (and dudettes) since the early 2000s. With their exaggerated keyhole bridge and mid-century lens shape — what eyewear designers refer to as the “P3” — these can often prove a little nebbish when decorated in the ubiquitous tortoiseshell. Luckily, Oliver Peoples recently came out with a variation in storm grey (approx HK$2,282) — a colourway that bears all the visual interest of tortoiseshell yet none of the fusty cultural connotations. Handmade in Italy using vintage acetate and internal core wiring. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
One of the best things about this time of year is that everywhere smells absolutely heavenly. At home, make this a perpetual reality by gifting someone (or treating yourself) to Diptyque’s hourglass diffuser 2.0 (HK$1,490). I particularly love the iconic, winning scent of 34 Boulevard Saint Germain. Named after the brand’s Parisian flagship, this fragrance envelops the house’s 40 signature scents around a chypre backbone — featuring notes of damp moss, blackcurrent leaves and sun-dried fig leaves. Promising amazing sillage capable of filling rooms up to 20 square metres, it’s more than perfect for Hong Kong-sized apartments and (with regular use) will last you around two months. —EL
These embroidered velvet loafers (HK$3,100) espouse just the right mantra for the holiday season — not to mention for every Friday in the foreseeable future. Del Toro’s teamed up with Moda Operandi for this exclusive pair of playful loafers. What I adore about these is not only their endearing design but also their incredible versatility, pairing comfort with style for a shoe suitable from day to night. Dress these up with tailored trousers and down with denim or any kind of flowing skirt. A fantastic wardrobe staple as well as a last-minute gift idea. —EL
When we think of Harringtons, the Baracuta G9 often comes to mind — a garment so stylistically muted that it’s been able to transcend multiple tribal affiliations. Deveaux’s take on the iconic English outerwear (approx HK$4,650) is unlikely to find the same universal appeal as its predecessor, but there’s no denying that it’s (as the kids say) “super luxe”. More elegant and easier-wearing than initial impressions suggest, this Harrington has been made using an innovative mixture of acrylic, mohair, nylon and brushed wool. The fabric has an almost Casentino-like appearance that offsets apparent lack of detail, save for two roomy slanted chest pockets. Manufactured in the USA. —RL