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.
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First introduced in the house’s Spring/Summer 2000 collection, Dior‘s iconic Saddle bag was very popular in the late ’90s and early ’00s, with supporters including many of the ‘It’ girls of the era — think Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, Paris Hilton and Beyoncé. This season, with all love for vintage aesthetics, the house’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri is bringing back the cult classic in a range of designs (HK$21,000 – 48,500), each with updates including a gold ‘D’ charm, new ethnic strap (HK$15,900 for small and HK$11,800 for large), or 70s-inspired beaded embellishments for a boost of character. Hold it like a handbag, wear it over the shoulder, or better yet, carry it cross-body for unrestrained movement and an instant flirty boost to your look. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
While most people might associate Korean beauty trends these days with endless steps and products that seemingly cater to the most trivial of functions, 3CE’s newest Multi Pot (HK$189 from 3CE, Shop B223C, Times Square, Causeway Bay, +852 2447 6588) is perfect for the minimalist. An eyeshadow, blush and lip product in one, it’s great for slipping in a small clutch for touch-ups throughout the day, plus it helps you create that trendy coral-toned Korean look du jour in a pinch. Designed with a creamy consistency that dries matte and just a touch powdery, I’ve found it to be excellent at blending even with just the warmth of your fingers, and is surprisingly not dry at all. I particularly like the shades Diotima and Cabbage Rose, which are MLBBs (that’s My Lips But Better, in makeup-artist-speak) with a slight peachy or fruit-punch-like bent that really brightens up the whole face. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
I’m not saying I support children wearing designer kidswear; I do agree it’s a bit of a waste to spend that much money on clothing you know your kids will outgrow sooner than you can imagine. Even so, I doubt anyone (especially the style-savvy moms) can deny the overwhelming cuteness of these fashion goodies that have been made into adorable mini-me sizes. The new Gucci kids collection, in particular, is getting a lot of my attention lately, simply because Michele’s signature eclectic colours and prints look especially charming in miniature iterations. So for those who don’t mind occasionally splurging for your little ones, you’ll be happy to know the Fall 2018 collection is now available (for a limited time only) at Net-a-Porter, and, of course, Gucci’s children store. —CC
Designed in collaboration with noted menswear journalist Simon Crompton, Bennett Winch’s suit carrier holdall (approx. HK$6,682) is, in actuality, two bags for the price of one. One half of the product is a cylindrical lightweight duffle: fashioned from 18oz canvas twill that has been sourced and dyed in Britain. That is combined with a separate but connectable suit carrier, which is made up in heavy duty 24-oz waterproof canvas (which doubles as a protective outer shell). The latter is secured to the lightweight duffle using a series of snap fasteners and magnets, thus obviating the kind of close and tight folds likely to crease tailored clothing. Like all Bennett Winch products, this suit carrier holdall has undergone a lengthy period of field testing. The payoff? Thoughtfully sized hand luggage that complies with IATA guidelines; and that is replete with clever internal space saving features. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
Four years ago, Christian Louboutin launched his revolutionary nail colour in the exact shade of rouge as his beloved red bottoms, which has now sparked an entire family of objets d’art in the beauty world. Commemorating the occasion, Rouge Louboutin has just launched a limited edition “Love” repackaging of its most iconic items, featuring the brand’s graffiti motif on a brand new sleeve — so if you’ve never gotten your hands on any of the items, now’s your chance. The most classic must-have of the Rouge Louboutin oeuvre of course is the nail lacquer itself (HK$450), but there’s also the Under Red Nail Colour (HK$410) adding some quintessential Louboutin cheek. Another instant archetype of the brand’s bold, sultry look is the Rouge Louboutin Ink Eyeliner (HK$650): pair a thick red cat eye with a sharp black wing for a memorable alternative to your all-black staple. —EL