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.
Harry Winston just celebrated the debut of its New York jewellery collection in the Big Apple with a grand guest list of celebrities such as Naomi Watts and Jennifer Hudson. Just as its name suggests, these latest creations pay tribute to world-renowned landmarks in New York City, from the brownstones of the Upper West Side to the lush greenery of Central Park and the bright lights of Broadway. Comprising sapphires, aquamarines, emeralds and diamonds that all weigh a total of 6.07 carats and set in platinum, I find these Central Park mosaic earrings to be amongst my favourite for the beautiful combination of colours, modern style and utmost glamour. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Ever since matte liquid lipsticks revolutionised makeup with their increasingly long lasting and unbudging formulas, it was a mystery whether any other category could take advantage of its infallibility — and Christian Louboutin has, with the latest Tape à L’Oeil range (HK$450 each). Literally translating to “eye-catching,” the range encompasses six nude shades and six metallics, encased in Louboutin’s stunning gold packaging — almost reminiscent of a fluted Grecian vessel. The inkwell design and long sharp stem makes it easy to dab on the eyelids, then blend out with the fingertips or a separate brush. The powerful and quick-drying formula means you’ll have to blend quick, but mixing and matching between metallics and mattes is particularly great for creating gorgeous smokey eyes in a flash, and with a creamy formula that doesn’t crease or crumple all day. For myself, I particularly love the flattering rose gold shade of Morganite. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
I’ve been very obsessed with mules lately, especially those that come with pointed toes and sleek, clean silhouettes. These Devon point-toe mule (HK$4,887) by Rochas are a new favourite of mine. It’s crafted from orange satin, which will definitely add a touch of opulence to any look, while the floral appliqué made from clear, grey and orange crystals will give out a hint of retro flair for added visual interest. I also like how it’s set on a low vamp stiletto heel with silver-tone metal, which echoes with the floral embellishment for beautiful visual balance. —CC
In Hong Kong, the winds of change are a-blowing, which means that –notwithstanding a freak meteorological accident — fall is finally on its way. Few clothing categories excite me more for the upcoming season than knitwear. I’m especially fond of half-zip sweaters due to their comfort, loucheness and insouciance; few styles merging those qualities together as stylishly as Saman Amel’s cashmere half-zip (approx HK$4,288). Manufactured using fabric exclusively sourced from Loro Piana, this sweater (from the brand’s Farsi-inspired Amo collection) is cut full through the body with a gentle sleeve taper — ideally suited to wear with both flannel trousers and sweatpants. The slightly senescent styling of this half-zip, combined with machine washability, means that this is a piece to be worn for the long haul, likely to age and wear in beautifully. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
PSL addicts take note: It’s not just coffee shops going ga-ga for pumpkin spice now that we’re fully in autumn territory. John Masters Organics has come up with a limited edition formula (HK$105 from John Masters Organics) of its fan-favourite lip balm, showing off the seasonal scent of pumpkin spice, cinnamon and ginger. With the trifecta of sunflower seed, olive and jojoba oil, the ultra-hydrating balm is 95% organic, and melts upon contact into a creamy, easily-absorbing finish. It also smells delightful without the sickly sweetness typically associated with autumn scents, and is flavourless as well. Soothing chapped skin without making it look greasy or glossy, this is sure to become my go-to before applying the matte (and drying), darker bold lips inevitable of the season. —EL