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.
Stella McCartney x adidas Stan Smith 2.0
Eco-fashion pioneer Stella McCartney has been working on creating an environmentally conscious brand (without the sacrifice of style and luxury) since day one; as others are finally following in her footsteps, she’s pushing it one step further by aiming for products that are not only created with sustainability and ethical responsibility in mind, but are completely cruelty-free.
Made leather-free using completely vegan materials, Stella McCartney just introduced its second product launch in collaboration with long-term partner adidas, and this time, it’s a vegan take on the iconic Stan Smith. You’ll find the face of Smith printed on the tongue of the right shoe, and McCartney’s on the right, along with her signature. I especially adore the delightful rainbow colours (also a conscious choice that calls upon inclusivity) seen on the laces, and through the laser cut stars on both sides. There are also white and black stripes adorning the heels, giving the design a clean and stylish appeal. You’ll find them in men’s and women’s sizes (HK$2,700 each, also with white laces) at Stella McCartney stores, stellamccartney.com, and select retailers worldwide from 2 Dec. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
La Mer Twelve Days of Glowing Renewal Advent Calendar
Who wouldn’t want a new dose of La Mer luxury every day for their skin? La Mer’s limited edition advent calendar (HK$3,500) this year will have you glowing ahead of the festive season with 12 days worth of mini treatments, sure to help nourish and revitalise skin that’s been ravaged by the inevitable last-minute holiday rush. Infused with La Mer’s proprietary Miracle Broth, the products — from soothing tonics to the brand’s famous creams to even a full sized lip volumizer — drench the skin with moisture and heal tired cells for an enviable radiance. The calendar is exclusively available at La Mer concept stores and at Lane Crawford. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando edition
When people ask me which ‘modern’ sports watch is likely to turn iconic over the next few decades, Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo is a formidable contender. The original was only released in 2017, but thanks to its relentlessly sleek design — a bleeding edge detente between movement, case, and bracelet — it proved groundbreaking in a marketplace that was dominated by oafishly large watches. Bulgari has already riffed on the basic Finissimo formula with excellent results but the maison’s latest Japan-only edition (approx HK$130,000), sporting a dial designed by architect Tadao Ando, is a bona fide pulse raiser. Ando’s award-winning architecture is defined by masterful manipulation of form, and you get an immediate sense of that same uncompromising attention to detail on the dial. Concentric circles etched in black lacquer radiate from the dial’s centre, alternately enhancing and softening the geometric lines of the case. Limited to an edition of 200 pieces. —Randy Lai, Watches Editor