As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods virtually 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 shoe of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Hot for the holiday season, Nars has come out with an extensive, punk-infused gifting collection perfect for those who love shimmer and studs alike. I’m particularly taken by the Hot Tryst Cheek Palette (HK$520), which features six shades from a pale opalescent pink (“Kings Road”) to a hot raspberry with gold flecks (“Adrenaline”) that is sure to set your cheeks a-poppin. With all the photos involved from this month onwards, the extra rosy highlight is sure to keep your skin looking flawless, while the sparkly yet edgy packaging makes for a winning present. – Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Beautifully clean, slim and straightforward, NOMOS Glashütte’s Century of Bauhaus wristwatches — a riff on their best-selling Tangente model — pay tribute to the most influential German design school of the 20th century. And they do so in a particularly meaningful way. Part of a 9-piece series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, this Tangente Redtakes NOMOS’s existent design practice and harmonises it with the historical lessons of the former. The watch’s chapter ring is highlighted in red — along with the yellow and blue models, this represents the 3 hues at the centre of Johannes Itten’s colour theory — whereas the dial itself is contrasted in a warm shade NOMOS are calling “sketch paper” (a lateral reference to Bauhaus artist Wassily Kandinsky). – Randy Lai, Staff Writer
We recently raved about the new LV collection designed by former American Vogue creative director and style icon Grace Coddington, which are now available in stores while stocks last. And if you, like me, love the idea of channelling your inner crazy cat lady on an expensive holiday, you’ll want to get your hands on something from this limited edition collab. For me, my eyes are on the Petite Boite Chapeau — unconventional, structured, stylish — with playfully embossed feline embellishments, echoing the travel heritage of Louis Vuitton with the silhouette as well as the souvenir sticker-like patches. It’s a bit of an investment at HK$38,000, so yes, you do have to be quite the fan of cats and beautiful handbags to pull it off. – EL
As we head into the holiday season, Chanel’s No. 5 perfume is perhaps one of the most iconic and well-received gifts there is. Luckily for those beginning to think about presents this year, Chanel has released a stunning limited edition carafefor both its eau de parfumand eau de toiletterenditions (both HK$1,600/100ml), unveiled recently at the Le Rouge Chanel pop-up factory. For the truly generous and loyal Chanel clientele, these are (needless to say) an uber-luxurious covetable: The 900ml edition encased in a Baccarat bottle, with only 55 bottles available worldwide. – EL
Cue the looks of horror and revulsion: This week I’m officially recommending socks. All frivolities aside, for men with large feet, finding the right male hosiery (especially in Hong Kong) can be especially tedious. That’s where specialty stores (with an excellent e-commerce platform) like Trunk Clothiers come in. The London-based boutique stocks these “cushion sole” socksby British homeware brand Freight, made from a novel blend of navy nylon and alpaca. The latter is particularly well known for its balance of breathable, durable and hypoallergenic properties; making these ideal for individuals who wear things hard, in colder climates. Make these part of your list of sensible stocking stuffers this Christmas! – RL