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.
I’m a big fan of the Dior saddle bag, and to the stylish gents out there who feel the same, you’d be happy to know that Kim Jones has introduced a men’s version of the iconic bag (HK$19,500) at his SS19 debut for the house. It features a new interpretation of the Dior oblique canvas from 1967, along with all-over motif, and an adjustable shoulder strap in black jacquard with added black grained calfskin trim and CD buckle detail. It’s effortlessly cool and versatile, and can be hand-carried over the shoulder, worn as a cross-body bag or a belt bag to carry all your essentials. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Hourglass had makeup geeks head over heels with its innovative waterproof Vanish foundation stick when it first launched, but they’ve now brought all the best things about it into the new Vanish fluid foundation (HK$500). The brand’s Illusion matte liquid foundation was always a strong go-to for me especially for oily foreheads during sticky Hong Kong summers, but it was still quite heavy coverage with a layer you could really feel on your skin. With the new liquid Vanish (available in 16 shades), they’re touting true weightlessness with undetectable full coverage, plus a waterproof formula, and it really delivers, melting my pores with the lightest touch! Save for needing to retouch and repowder just once in the afternoon, I’d say it’s a dream come true. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
As evident from the recent rise in humidity, sudden changes in temperature, coupled with occasional strong winds and light showers, it’s safe to say that we have now progressed into the transitional season. With such unstable weather, it’s wise to choose to wear a light jacket at all times, and I’d recommend going for something that is versatile so you can layer it over almost anything in your wardrobe. This loose-fitted jacket by Haider Ackermann (HK$11,550) comes in a beautiful army-green hue that will complement all your basic pieces; it’s also made from lightweight twill, which gives off a subtle sheen to add a dose of sophistication to your look. —CC
Best known for sustainability and her use of ethical lab-grown precious stones, London based award-winning jewellery designer and artist Anabela Chan creates enchanting, statement pieces that have been worn by A-list stars including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o and many more. This season, Chan brings her latest Palms Collection, inspired by the exotic flora of faraway islands, to Lane Crawford in Hong Kong for a temporary trunk show (running from now through 6 March). I can’t wait to take a closer look at these lush jewels including Mother-of-Pearl flowers, gorgeous emerald drops, and earrings that fall into large tropical leaves — just like this beautiful pair (HK$16,900) above. —CC
Inspired by the halcyon days of watch design — namely, the 50s and 60s — London brand Farer specialises in moderately sized, reasonably priced timepieces. That’s not to say they’re mechanically frivolous — far from it. The Eldridge chronograph for instance (approx HK$16,380) — named for a British race car driver who broke the world land speed record in 1924 — combines an ETA movement, “silk chocolate” dial and 316L steel case, all to the tune of less than HK$20,000. That’s quite a bit of watch for the price tag. But even if you’re not interested in the technical particularities, this chronograph get its allure across purely on good looks: a “silk chocolate” dial embraces the industry’s wider appetite for browns, bronzes and reds; while the Elaboré movement is elevated above its mass-produced origins, thanks to a custom “turbine” rotor. Honestly, after all the pomp and circumstance of SIHH, I’ve been a little disheartened by the sheer number of brands that are incapable of/unwilling to make a serious entry-level watch, so this mechanical chronograph — with its classic dial architecture and irreverent colour codes — at a criminally underserved price point was just the kind of palette cleanser that I needed. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer