As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods every single day, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s virtually 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.
Rimless sunglasses in candy colours and retro silhouettes are set to continue as a strong fall trend, with Dior sending models down their recent Fall Winter 2018 runway show wearing 1970s-inspired sunglasses with large square frames. Named DiorColorQuake, the oversized, monochrome sunglasses (HK$3,200) are inspired by the Youthquakers — a term that was coined by the legendary Diana Vreeland in reference to the energetic young generation of the era. While available in a range of bright hues, I’m loving this slightly tinted version (although the yellow ones are rather attractive, too) with a more subtle look that will allow for easy styling for many seasons ahead. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
I’ll be frank: I’m no beauty expert; I know what works for me and what doesn’t, and that’s about it. And when it comes to my daily makeup routine, it’s really just the absolute basics. I don’t even use foundation; I’ve tried them but they just don’t feel natural (so no powder either), but since I’m blessed with pretty nice skin (thanks mom!), I stick to the CC creams, and it works. Lately, however, I’ve been introduced to Dolce & Gabbana‘s On-The-Glow tinted moisturiser (HK$430 from Harvey Nichols Pacific Place), which promises radiant, glowing skin with a fresh, natural finish. They don’t lie. It’s not only lightweight, but ridiculously easy to blend, while giving you that feeling of instant hydration and protection from harmful rays (SPF 30). It’s a product I’d highly recommend, if you, like me, prefer going for the natural look. —CC
Many men consider casual lace-ups something of an anachronism, but one look at The Armoury’s new “Jubilee” derbies (HK$3,800) will convince you that, when done right, this style still packs plenty of sartorial punch. Designed with input from bespoke shoemaker Yohei Fukuda — formerly at Gaziano & Girling — the Jubilee is a rustic five eyelet style which combines Japanese aesthetics (think long elegant last and cleanly pivoted waist) with a robust English construction. Featuring a flexy oiled leather sole and chocolate suede uppers, these derbies are a comfortable alternative to the uninspiring epidemic of white canvas sneakers one sees come weekend time. The best part? They look as good, if not better, paired with most casual staples such as chinos or denim. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
Alber Elbaz’s acrimonious ejection from Lanvin hasn’t been without a silver lining. For one, the Israeli designer is now free to pursue a myriad of other creative projects, such as this collaborative scent with ex-Hermes perfumer Frederic Malle. Entitled “Superstitious” (HK$1,344), this EDP was the result of a brief that encouraged Malle to concoct a parfum de robe: a fragrance of unmistakable quality bearing a mysterious, almost secretive chemical provenance. The result, packaged in a sleek black bottle etched with gold pencil, is an aldehyde floral in which powerful individual elements are tamed through composition. Bright cold metallic tones (courtesy of the aldehyde) encase opening nods of Turkish rose, before settling onto an addictive heart of jasmine. With excellent sillage and projection, it is well suited to daily unisex application. —RL
Tom Ford knows best when it comes to offering women a sense of power and glamour through confident, modern designs, and these red Animalier crystal slingbacks (HK$19,100) are a testimonial to exactly that. They come in velvet and feature a squared toe, leopard print and cutout sides, embellished with a crystal-studded front and heels for an extra wow factor. You also don’t have to worry about teetering around all day; as opposed to most designer pumps, they come in very manageable 2-inch heels, so you can firmly hold your ground as you make a stylish statement. —CC