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.
sacai x Native Sons limited-edition sunglasses
I’ve always been a huge fan of sacai‘s hybrid aesthetics, and I’m happy to share that the brand has inserted their creative philosophy into a line of limited edition sunglasses. Created in collaboration with Japanese eyewear brand Native Sons, the unisex collection is comprised of three silhouettes — square, round and cat-eye — each available in three colourways of black, blue and brown. Each style comes with an additional coloured lens that can be flipped up or down, instantly transforming the piece from a pair of optical glasses to sunglasses. I particular like the cat-eye version (HK$3,500, excluding the clipped lens), which features sleek pointy frames that appear modern and sleek. The collection is now available in sacai stores in Japan and will be dropping in stores globally from late September. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Maison Martin Margiela oversized Donegal sweater
There is something manifestly absurd about wearing knitwear which is three sizes too large for you. If the goal is to provide a layering opportunity and maintain adequate warmth, then this Margiela donegal (HK$4,294) wouldn’t make the list. And yet, in spite of that (and the relentlessly angry price tag) I can’t help but love it: the weave’s pronounced flecking; a duvet-like drape; enormous cabled hems, it all speaks to me.
That’s fashion in a nutshell I guess: the rational mind, wilfully surrendered to irrational expectations. Mr Porter suggests that you pair this knit with a pair of non-descript trousers, but personally, I don’t think there’s any need for such an obvious visual contrast. Instead, swap the aforementioned out for some heavily empanelled cargo pants — Kapital is great at this kind of thing — for a look that will be one of the most comfortable you’ll wear all fall. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
Giorgio Armani Light di Gioia EDP
My social feeds have been sprinkled with enviable snaps of Italian road trips as of late: think sun-drenched vistas over the Adriatic sea, Puglia’s Grotta Palazzese — a fancy centuries-old restaurant located in a sea cave — and some fashionable shots on annoyingly gorgeous grainy film to boot. When I first held this new EDP from Giorgio Armani, I felt like I too had just returned afresh from a summer vacay in Europe, with the cap and colour of the bottle reminiscent of a semiprecious stone citrine. Continuing on the Gioia fragrance family introduced in 2010, the Light di Gioia (HK$690/50ml) attempts to capture the essence of ‘golden hour’ glow. It’s indicative with the delicate amber liquid as is, but its brightness and spark, offered by Italian citruses, and a feminine jasmine and gardenia heart, is offset by a soft, sheer woodiness that exudes warmth. Yet, it’s gentle, subtle and oozes luxury via minimalism. It’s truly radiance in a bottle. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor