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.
The Chanel jacket
Bags at Chanel are, of course, one of the most coveted items in the fashion world. However, if you’re a true fan of the house, in my opinion what you should really aim for is the Chanel jacket. Why? Because it’s the ultimate piece that has appeared in almost every single Chanel collection since its debut by Gabrielle Chanel; and in each collection, it retains its fundamentals whilst being brilliantly reinvented (by the late Karl Lagerfeld) into variations suited for the modern era.
The first Chanel jackets designed by Virginie Viard for Cruise 2020 have just arrived in stores, and this time, they come in extended variations: with or without a collar, with two, four, six or eight pockets, soft or nervous shoulders, short or long, single or double-breasted, belted with a chain interlaced with leather or fastened with jewelled buttons. No matter which you choose, you can imagine the jacket to be an effortlessly elegant addition to your winter wardrobe. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Estée Lauder Nine-Piece Duo Eye Repair Kit
As we prepare ourselves for the madness of party season just around the corner, a decent night’s rest is essential. But if you can’t manage to get adequate hours of sleep with a busy schedule and risk racoon eyes at work the next day, the next best thing is to fake that eight hours’ reset by supercharging your evening routine.
Estée Lauder’s limited edition Advanced Night Repair 9-Piece Duo Eye Repair kit (HK$1,045 online exclusive) is all about nighttime eye care and helps the skin repair from the effects of lack of sleep, pollution, and even blue light from our devices. It packs travel-friendly bottles of the brand’s best selling blockbusters from its award-winning ANR range with eye serum, eye cream and face serums. There’s also a nighttime cleansing balm, two mini Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion toners and the Revitalising Supreme and Global Anti-ageing Power Soft Crème to make sure your skin stays lusciously hydrated. Enough to tide you over for a long weekend away or several nights’ worth of indulgent evenings at home, the set is all encased in an adorable cosmetics bag perfect to keep the rest of your nighttime essentials — ensuring you wake up fresh faced and in style all the time. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
By Kilian ‘Straight to Heaven, white Cristal’ EDP
The imminent arrival of cold weather in Hong Kong presents a timely opportunity to refresh one’s Fall fragrances. Let’s face it: 9 out of 12 months a year, we’re not really presented with optimal conditions to wear anything from the more resinous side of perfumery — which is where the creations of By Kilian happen to reside. In tandem with perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur, Kilian Hennessy — yes, that Hennessy — concocts hedonistic Jacobean scents: none more so than the original ‘Straight to Heaven’ (HK$2,300). Don’t let the name fool you: this is a composition that possesses a religious concern for pleasures of the earthly realm. The head chords are all spiced rum and nutmeg, backed by a clean underlying musk which persists throughout the duration of wear. At its core though, ‘Straight to Heaven’ will prove to be familiar for lovers of gourmand scents: splicing together heady notes of vanilla, amber and patchouli for a scent that’s persistent, as opposed to rude. Comes in a refill-friendly 50ml bottle, with coffret. —Randy Lai, Watches Editor