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 fashion pieces of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Fendi’s Nano Baguette bag
The hype for teeny tiny bags is back again, and Fendi has risen to the occasion with a shrunken version of the iconic Baguette bag that’s both elegant and quirky. Dubbed the Nano Baguette, these little purses offer a playful take on the proportions of the legendary bag. Despite its miniature size, Fendi has ensured the quality and craftsmanship aligns with the regular-sized version, requiring much more attention and eye for detail. You can choose to wear this bag as as a cross-body (as seen above), or remove the detachable chain strap and attach it onto other bags using the practical clip as well as the buckle at the back. I particularly enjoy the FF logo monogram version (HK$5,400), which is not only classic-looking but also very cute due to its compact size. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
M.A.C Love Me lipsticks
I love a well-designed lipstick bullet as much as the next girl, but M.A.C’s latest matte lip range is truly more than meets the eye. ‘Matte’ is normally synonymous with ‘drying’, but not these lipsticks. Encased in attractive ombre metallic cases, the new Love Me line (HK$160 each) features a revolutionised formula with lychee fruit extract and argan oil, featuring what’s dubbed the True Colour Gelled System, which helps create an exceptionally precise and smooth application. The new formula pretty much means it gives supreme hydration and colour that pops. They’re also made to feel like nothing on your lips. Yes, as a result, they’re not true light-absorbing mattes, instead offering a touch of subtle satin finish.
Beyond this, what struck me the most was the message behind the name: The Love Me Lipsticks are in fact all about self-love; about feeling comfortable in your own skin, and a journey back to basics and fierce, sultry defaults that you would want in your wardrobe. This theme is evident in the 70s-styled campaign with new spokesperson, hip hop icon Mary J. Blige, as well as six new faces joining the fray including model Halima Aden and singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama. Three colour families are available: nudes, reds, and plums, each with eight tones to suit every personality. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Baudoin & Lange Sagan Grands
If you careen as often as I do through myriad malls and offices in Central — punctuality has never been my strong suit — then you’re likely to have spotted the odd pair of Sagans. A kind of unlined handmade loafer, it’s prized amongst menswear obsessives for its shapeliness and unrivalled comfort — made and designed out of the Baudoin & Lange atelier in London.
To capitalise on the creative latitude of the original, Baudoin & Lange recently launched the ‘Grand’: a new style that delivers the same signature Sagan look, upgraded with manufacturing knowhow from the worlds of sneaker and benchgrade shoemaking. Unlike its predecessor, each Sagan Grand is padded with a full-length footbed (made out of a proprietary foam/cork blend) and the body is lined, in order to yield a better shape and more support. The biscuity beige colourway (HK$4,644) will be great as part of a fall colour scheme, and gives you the opportunity to appreciate glove suede’s unique sheen and hardiness. In a surprise twist: if you do a little bit of maintenance, they’re surprisingly resistant to rain. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer