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 footwear of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Nike x Virgil Abloh “Athlete in Progress” sneakers
I haven’t played any sports in an embarrassingly long period of time, but believe it or not, I was actually a competing gymnast for years in my teens before stepping out due to an injury. The dedication and endurance — both physically and mentally — required to excel in any kind of sport is extreme, and if you’re striving to be amongst the best in the world? The tears, sweat and devotion needed are simply beyond imagination.
Off-White’s Virgil Abloh evidently thinks the same: For his SS19 fashion show, he invited some of the world’s top female athletes (including Hong Kong’s own high-jumper Cecilia Yeung) to join the runway as a special tribute. To further salute the international track and field community, the designer also debuted a reworked version of the Zoom Terra Kiger 5 sneakers at the show, which form his latest collaborative collection with Nike. Titled “Athlete in Progress”, the Nike x Off-White collection (price TBC, available at NikeLab from 27 June) comes in three different colourways, and includes additional elements such as suede overlays, Off-White’s signature zip-tie and lettering, as well as soft rubber spikes that extend from the sole. I particularly adore the beautiful dip-dye effect on the outer-sole, and my favourite out of the three would certainly be those in black, blue and bubblegum pink. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Ampoules
I’ve been waxing poetic about Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare line for a little while now, but after a brisk staycation this weekend where I decided to pamper myself with the full six-step Discovery Set, I’m even more in love with the Hyaluronic Ampoules (a full 7-day set costs HK$1,105). Made with short chain and long chain molecules of hyaluronic acid, these little glass vials flush your skin cells with hydration at a deeper level, and are considered to be one of the most effective and potent doses of hyaluronic acid available. I can see why fellow beauty editors have been gushing about using the set before their weddings and important life events — after sweeping and patting the serum on my skin, I’ve never seen my face look so healthy, radiant and poreless, practically melting the tiredness away from my under eye area and jawline. If that was achieved in five minutes, I can only dream of what wonders seven days of the stuff will do to my skin. I highly, highly recommend this for a splurge-worthy spa day at home or on vacation. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Diane von Furstenberg ‘Valentina’ wrap dress
I’ve been recently looking out for new summery pieces to add to my seasonal wardrobe, and my main target has been (even more) printed midi or maxi dresses, which I’ve been rather obsessed with over the past season. As I was browsing through the pages during an online shopping spree, this wrap dress from Diane von Furstenberg (HK$5,510) really caught my eye. It stood out against the sea of bright colours and prints not simply because of its contrasting dark hue, but also because of the nice sheen coming from the satin. In addition to the sophisticated fabric in a mesmerising midnight blue hue, the dress also features a wrap design that is very flattering to the body. Thanks to the additional collar, it’s presentable enough for work-related engagements, making it a timeless and elegant style addition that can take you seamlessly from day to night. —CC
The Armoury “Duane” penny loafers
Now this is one I’ve been eagerly waiting for: designed in conjunction with bespoke shoemaker Yohei Fukuda, The Armoury — Hong Kong’s favourite classic men’s clothier — has just released these “Duane” penny loafers (HK$3,800) in suede or black/espresso calf leather. I particularly like the former, as they’re devilishly easy to wear in the oppressive heat and lend themselves to a breezy and carefree (read: sockless) kind of look. Armoury founders Mark Cho and Alan See worked with Fukuda on the shape of these loafers for almost two years; and as far as ready-to-wear goes the results are pretty damn good. The almond-shaped toe box and slightly wider footbed are going to be comfortable for the majority of feet — wide at the front and back, tapered at the centre — while the extra flexible vamp is a clever touch. In suede, these are especially good for adding a bit of texture to your outfit and are — contrary to popular belief — fairly easy to maintain. Just brush softly to dislodge any surface matter and follow up with a few healthy spritzes of waterproofer! —Randy Lai, Staff Writer