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.
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September is around the corner, and as we start talking about the best mooncakes to order, it’s also time to think about your Fall/Winter style game. The coming season is all about bohemian glamour, and I couldn’t be more happy to join in on this timeless trend that’s all about feminine dresses and romantic prints that are sure to blow your winter blues away. Tory Burch has always been great with floral prints, and this season is no exception. There are a few pieces that I adore from their new seasonal collection, but currently I have my eyes on this Marie skirt, which will be the perfect choice for all kinds of mixing and matching during the transitional season, whether it’s with a shirt with matching prints, a simple knitted sweater, or even a t-shirt. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
As the makeup world mourns the death of cult favourite Urban Decay’s original Naked Palette — now discontinued (though Hong Kong retailers still seem to be restocking it without a problem) — another palette queen has arrived. Freshly launching on Sephora Hong Kong, finally, is internet sensation Huda Beauty, beloved by makeup gurus the world over for their highly pigmented, gorgeous hues, whether for eyelids to cheeks to lips. If you’re a fan of dramatic eyes or looking to experiment, Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk Palette (HK$550 from Sephora) has me crushing hard, with 18 glamorous shades of burnished ambers and chocolates, iridescent purples and fuschias, and dazzling burgundys in glitter and matte. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
I’m not a smoker and have never been, but you don’t really have to be one to appreciate the edginess and glamour of this Smoking Box bag by Saint Laurent (HK$11,900). Just in time for the mini bag trend that is making its return come fall, this little bag takes its shape from a cigarette box, embossed with crocodile-effect leather with a slinky chain strap and metal tassels that will swing with your every step. —CC
Who can resist the juicy tales and luscious scents in Penhaligon’s signature Portraits series? They’re back with two new iterations for Chapter V: Changing Constance — an unapologetic, modern woman and sister to Lady Blanche (from Chapter I) — and The Blazing Mister Sam, the classic, big brash American in London with an irresistible smile (HK$2,400 each from Penhaligon’s). Both are equally captivating: Changing Constance is not for the girly girl: a hint of spice with cardamom, pimento and a touch of sexy cigarette smoke is balanced by the languid sweetness of salted butter caramel and vanilla. Mister Sam on the other hand is “a fragrance that lays its cards on the table”: spicy and sensual with cardamom and cumin, black pepper, and sweet-talking patchouli and cedar for a big, bold, winning combination that can’t be denied… especially by the very much married Duchess Rose (Chapter I). —EL
If you relinquished sneaker collecting (as I did, at age 19) in favour of the “buy less buy better” philosophy, Lane Eight is a brand with a simplistic yet compelling mission. Disillusioned with the lack of genuinely all-purpose sneakers on the market, founders Josh and James Shorrock set out to create their own — the Trainer AD 1 (HK$1,256). “[We] knew it was possible to create one shoe that could do everything,” says Josh Shorrock, “but also knew that no big brand would ever make and market that”. Their response, in the form of the AD 1, is nothing short of impressive: featuring a sock-like one piece upper, midsole assembled from hundreds of shock absorbent ETPU pellets, and rubberised outsole. Available in pink, white and tan colourways. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer