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.
Givenchy Ariana headband
Other than hair pins, the headband has become one of the hottest accessories of the year, with designer Miuccia Prada leading the way with her oversize silk-satin, studded headbands that were first spotted on the Spring 2019 runways. For FW19, Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller is presenting a pearl-embellished version that’s equally attractive. Debuted as part of the brand’s haute couture collection, this Ariana headband (HK$5,190) is named after Givenchy’s brand ambassador and muse, Ariana Grande, who wore the piece in her #Arivenchy campaign earlier this year. It’s created as a modernised version of a tiara, and is beautifully adorned with large resin pearls in various sizes, along with Swarovski crystals set on metal for a sophisticated but also edgy aesthetic. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Louis Vuitton sneaker display trunk
Louis Vuitton is, of course, the authority of trunk-making. The brand has been creating custom trunks for over 150 years. From the iconic 1875 design that carries a foldable bed, to ones made for storing and reading books, there’s almost nothing a Louis Vuitton trunk can’t do. Catering to the rapidly growing number of sneakerheads across the globe, the house has also designed a special trunk (HK$250,000, MTO with a lead time of 12 months) for storing and displaying your limited-edition kicks. These trunks all feature transparent monogrammed doors and the brand’s signature metal hardware, which will not only keep those holy grails dust-free, but can also be stylishly displayed within your house. —CC
Rubato V-neck sweater in fawn
Rubato is an emerging brand that I fully expect to see and hear more of in the coming days — started by two Swedish friends who, together, have cumulatively worked in the menswear industry for the better part of a decade. They recently launched a small run of knitwear; and like many of the best independent design-led brands coming out of Scandinavia, focus on a version of that which is quiet, well-made and easy to wear. This V-neck sweater in a rustic shade of fawn (approx. HK$1,610) is a pretty spot-on example. It’s akin to something that live musicians would have worn during the Bebop era: cut slightly boxy, with a deep V-neck, mid-rise and thicker ribbing. The make too is unusual, given the price point. Woven in Scotland from pure naturally-finished lambswool, this promises to be the kind of staple layer that’s more than capable of standing up to any surprises Hong Kong’s (admittedly lacklustre) winter season is capable of throwing at you. Personally, I can’t wait to wear this with heavy cotton chinos and some cognac pennies for a more modern, approachable take on Ivy style. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer