As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods daily. 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 through to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Gucci limited edition sunglasses
Whether it’s in warm hues, tortoiseshell or retro square shapes, oversized shades are finally taking over from the microscopic styles that have been reigning in the last few seasons. Gucci has always been a house that believes in freedom of self expression through fashion, and now it’s going above and beyond with this unapologetically ‘grandma’ style. This new limited edition collection (HK$5,610 each, exclusively from Gucci.com) is highlighted by bold detachable chains that dangle from the glasses’ temples. It’s unconventional, it’s playful, and it’s also not as difficult to carry as one would think: Just wear it with something simple and casual and let the shades do the talking. There are only 100 pairs of each version being made though, so you’ll have to hurry before they sell out. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Vanderohe No. 1 Purifying Cleansing Oil
Founded in London by former investment banker and clean beauty advocate Olivia Thorpe, Vanderohe is an organic botanical skincare brand that boasts heavenly blends — each bottle is handcrafted, using using some of the world’s premier cold-pressed plant oils. I picked up this No. 1 Purifying Cleansing Oil (HK$740 from Net-a-Porter) during this period when most of us are still nervously anticipating the re-opening of spas and beauty parlours in Hong Kong — a time when little indulgences at home can do wonders to quell an anxious mind.
Practically a spa in a bottle, this cleansing oil can be used to remove makeup and impurities, while incorporating it with the steam of warm water helps release a divine, reinvigorating scent of lavender, geranium, neroli, eucalyptus and peppermint that perks up any tired soul. It’s perfect at the end of a long day of work, or whenever you need a five-minute break from endless emails (if you’ve been trying to reach me, you know where I am). —Evelyn Lok, Deputy Editor
New Balance 327 (in blue/orange)
Given the wildly positive reception of the NB x Casablanca ‘Idealiste’ among sneakerheads, it should come as no surprise that New Balance is double-dipping into the archive with yet another batch of 327 trainers — this time in men’s and women’s colourways. These days, we’re seeing a marked effort by major footwear brands to remix their heritage in a way that resonates with millennial consumers; and I think these new 327s achieve that gestalt with flying colours.
For starters, this release draws on a number of culturally significant New Balance styles (i.e. the 320 and 355) in order to create a modern silhouette that remains authentic to the brand — you can see that in such details as the chunky bevelled waists and jagged suede paneling. Equally, each colourway looks as though it could’ve emerged fully formed from New Balance HQ circa 1970, but is likely to appeal to an eclectic cross-section of consumers thanks to the restrained branding and colour harmony in the design.
In an absolute heel turn, my favourite of the three might well be the half-blue/half-orange, which is a cheery combination between the aforementioned colours and delightful strokes of banana yellow. They’ll be available for purchase directly from the New Balance e-shop (price TBA) starting 9 May, and come in variations of blue/orange, grey and black/pink. — Randy Lai, Watches Editor