As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods virtually 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.
Lovers of Lemaire and Ackermann will find an unlikely contemporary in the guise of Dion Lee. The Australian designer is well known for fusing classic tailoring with a visual sensibility that is informed by architectural references — yielding clothes which flit effortlessly between contorting, armouring and lengthening the wearer’s silhouette. His lasercut high neck (HK$4,800) is a striking example of this: Wind tunnel-esque silk sleeves are flanked top and bottom by bone jersey, expressing the intersection between interior and exterior spaces — allegories for intimacy and intimidation. Pair with the matching “triangle” midi skirt for a clean, sculptural, undeniably badass look. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
It’s finally Advent calendar season, the most Pavlovian of all holiday traditions where we get to treat ourselves on the regular until the big gifts come on Christmas Day. Usually these calendars are filled with small morsels of chocolate, but nowadays there are also whisky calendars, wine calendars, cheese and, of course, beauty products. Packed with 24 days of festively decorated pampering treats from body scrubs to soaps and creams (all paraben- and sulfate-free), what I love about the Cath Kidston Town House Advent Calendar (HK$890) is that it’s suited for all ages and all difficult gift recipients, and the perfect pre-Christmas treat for anyone whether it’s a finicky mother-in-law or a pre-teen beginning to outgrow everything in life. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Eau Intense Vetiver (HK$849) is a follow-up to arguably one of the most adored “masculine” fragrances of the 21st century — the original Terre D’Hermès. Master perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena’s previous composition (known for deliberate overuse of the titular vetiveryl acetate) has been cleverly altered, allowing for a combination of natural ingredients to play more prominent supporting roles. Whereas Terre D’Hermès is dominated at all stages by a synthetic vetiver character, this eau de parfum opens with an accord of bitter grapefruit and Szechuan pepper — the latter ingredient an irreverent spin on Ellena’s original choice of black peppercorns. These herbaceous and zesty aromas give way to a heart of synthetic vetiver (likened in smell to smoky pencil shavings) without ever fully disappearing from view. The result is a long-limbed fragrance of the “zesty wood” variety that is both a fitting tribute and alternative to Hermès most popular male fragrance. —RL
I am forever extolling the virtues of cool beauty gizmos — particularly products that aim to make our lives easier — and these days, I find my nights constantly saved by the Foreo UFO’s 90-second facials (HK$2,280). In this lead-up to the holidays, with work deadlines piling up and battling with non-stop social commitments, once I arrive home exhausted, the last thing I want to do is take care of my skin. But I just have to pop in one of the sheet masks onto the round Foreo UFO, pair with the programme on my phone (it also works manually without connecting to your phone app), and then it’s 90 seconds of a soothing warm and cold LED light treatment, with sonic pulsations that help with blood circulation and firming the skin, while also aiding better absorption of the nutritional mask juices deep into the skin. Instantly, my skin texture is visibly improved, plump and quenched. No waiting around, no messing about, it’s a mini spa facial in a pinch — and an absolute lifesaver. —EL
If you’re not above adding a little theatricality to your winter wardrobe, then outerwear is the way to go. While styles like the loden or balmacaan can imbue any outfit with the charm of country living, for a more dramatic option, try this double-breasted number (HK$26,420) from British heritage brand Dunhill. This particular overcoat loosely takes its cues from the Ulster: a heavy-duty collar and elongated skirt suggesting elements of that historic 19th-century design. A no-brainer to wear alongside chunky knits or tailoring, Dunhill’s double breasted coat also performs well when mixed up with a more contemporary aesthetic. Thanks to seemingly offbeat details like the engraved brass buttons and coffee coloured fabric, the fun of this piece is in seeing just how many unexpected ways it can be worn in. —RL