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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Every year when I think of what to pack for my summer vacation, Eugenia Kim‘s straw hats are amongst the first things that pop into my head. It’s not hard to see why, just head over to Instagram and search #EugeniaKim and you’ll see how lust-worthy and picture-perfect her hats are, especially when they’re worn on the beach/by the shore under a clear blue sky. While her embroidered sunhats are an all-time hit, I’m leaning towards this striped straw boater with cutout top (HK$8,514) this year for its laid-back sophistication. It will not only look fabulous at vacation spots, but also at the racecourse with a body-hugging midi dress and heels, or even just with a trusty t-shirt and jeans. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
We were thrilled to try out the new scents by Penhaligon’s, inspired by three distinct areas of London: Marylebone, Kensington and Belgravia (HK$1,700/100ml each). And while these names might conjure images of absolute, unabashed poshness, they also each represent a key olfactory family — Chypre, Wood or Amber — making them perfect starter gifts for those really interested in the provenance of perfume. It’s truly hard to pick between the three which one I love the most: Marylebone Wood reminds me of that sweet, old book scent when browsing at Daunt Books; Kensington Amber makes me think of Christmas, especially of warm, cinnamon-y bread pudding; and Belgravia Chypre is rich and verdant, with bergamot, oak moss and patchouli, with hints of spicy pink pepper and rose. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Let’s face it: We, as human beings, are the most polluting species on the entire planet, and we need to do something about all the damage we’ve been causing before another animal’s life is put to risk, or worst, extinction. Everyone owns at least one pair of sneakers, and you’ll always need another at some point. The next time you go sneaker shopping, what if there was a choice that’s stylish and comfortable, but created using recycled trash (a.k.a. plastics)? Cue the Adidas x Parley for the Oceans sneakers, which are not only soft, lightweight and come with a supportive fit — they’re also upgrades of the already coveted ‘Ultra Boost’ and, most importantly, partly made of recycled plastics from the ocean intercepted on Maldivian beaches and coastal communities. It’s another look-good and feel-good item you should definitely be adding to the top of your shopping list. —CC
If you’re a stuffy traditionalist like myself, the conventional wisdom (insofar as tailoring is concerned) is that trousers should do no more than “anchor” your outfit. To be sure, well proportioned pants contribute beneficially to the wearer’s overall silhouette, but beyond that their role is pretty facilitative. Thanks to the intolerably hot summer we’ve been having however, I find myself dispensing with convention in favour of slightly eccentric trousers. That brings us to Gurkhas — a style invented during the British Raj. Designed with a distinctive belting system, Gurkhas are high waisted casual trousers made using heavyweight drill cotton. The bizarre self-belting feature gives them a louche almost painterly appeal: one which cult sportswear labels have capitalised on over the past few years. A favourite of mine, Craftsman Co, offers two versions: a navy (approx. HK$1,216) and denim (approx. HK$1,373), made with various sartorial accoutrements including brass hardware and triple pleats. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
We got to try out six new shades of Chanel’s Rouge Allure Ink recently at the Coco Game Center pop-up, and if you’re a sucker for a staple bold red lip like me, you’ll love the new burnt orange shade in 194 Tentation (HK$285), which matches well with a summer tan and monochrome and vibrant outfits alike. The matte liquid lip doesn’t cling to your skin as tenaciously as some other liquid lip colours on the market, which means you do deposit colour on coffee mugs and napkins throughout the day, but that’s kind of reassuring, too. The plus? The soft velvety finish keeps your lips nicely moisturised, promising eight hours of wear. When you’ve got this kind of colour pop on your lips, a clever trick the on-site Chanel stylist taught me was to use the Rouge Coco Lip Blush in Burning Berry as a light contour under the cheekbones. I reckon you can layer this over your daytime lip for a swift day-to-night transition too. —EL