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.
Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoires
Wouldn’t it be great if one bag could fulfil the needs of all outfits and occasions, so you no longer have to go through the constant hustle of switching to a different bag every time you head out? Louis Vuitton believes that modernity is all about the freedom and capability to adapt, which is why it’s launching a contemporary reinterpretation of the house’s iconic pouch, the Pochette Accessoires — allowing the wearer to experiment with layering as well as over-the-shoulder and cross-body styles. It features two monogram pouches in different sizes, along with two straps: a jacquard sports strap (featuring the ‘Louis Vuitton Malletier’ signature) in colours of green or pink, a delicate shoulder chain, as well as a circular coin purse, so you can mix and match them anyway you like. Louis Vuitton’s playful Pochette Accessoires is set to land in stores worldwide from October. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Metallics and Rouge Allure Ink Fusion
Just when you think the mania for matte liquid lip products has come and gone, Chanel drops a brand new formulation and product range that changes the game once again. The brand new Rouge Allure Ink Fusion and the 2016-launched Rouge Allure Ink (HK$290 each) both offer 12 new shades, with the latter mainly flexing some slick new metallics that are sure to go flying off shelves ahead of the party season. The new Rouge Allure Ink Fusion — like its moniker suggests — boasts a hydrating formula that absorbs like watercolour ink on paper. It feels weightless, like a lip tint, but with remarkable pigment payoff, ranging from trendy milk tea hues to true reds to the deepest of burgundies.
Trying on the new products at a recent launch event, the on-site makeup artist helped me paint Rouge Allure Ink in metallic Bronze all over my lips, then pair the Rouge Allure Ink Fusion in Berry on the centre to create an ombre effect. I was truly surprised with the wearability of the Bronze, which has an almost velvety, subtly shimmery finish. Needless to say, I am obsessed: I’d even dare wear it on its own as an unconventional nude lip — just pair with summer bronzed skin and you’re good to go. Both ranges are available at Chanel from 1 September. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Zenith El Primero Revival G381 (limited edition)
If the watch journalists are to be believed, then 2019 has most definitely been the year of brands cranking the nostalgia up to eleventy-stupid. Still, when it comes to 70s horology, there’s no shortage of great historical stories worth telling — and that goes double whenever we’re talking Zenith. By now you’ll all be familiar with the brand’s groundbreaking work in chronograph technology (i.e. the El Primero movement), but what’s maybe a little less appreciated is their track record of striking, motorsport-influenced design.
To shed some light on that heritage — and strike whilst the ‘faux nostalgia’ iron is hot — Zenith have revived the G381, in collaboration with Hodinkee. Given that the original was produced in a miniscule run of 700 units, they’re something of a grail for vintage chronograph lovers; with the Revival (approx. HK$150,620) tickling many of the same creative impulses. The white lacquered dial is made in the classic three-register configuration. It sports a discrete asymmetric date window and is surrounded by a gold case clocking in at an eminently wearable 38mm. Under the hood, you also get a modernised version of the El Primero: operating at 36,000 vph over a 50-hour power reserve. In a world where dedicated dress watches are fast becoming a myth, this Revival is a great way to have your proverbial cake and eat it too. Comes standard with a 50-year warranty. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer