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.

 

Joey Yung’s Fendi couture dress

Weekly Obsessions - Joey Yung's Fendi Couture gown

Hong Kong singer Joey Yung is certainly one of the very few celebrities in Hong Kong who can carry top-tier designer pieces like an absolute queen. The Canto-pop superstar is currently hosting her Pretty Crazy Concert Tour 2019 to commemorate her 20th year in the industry, and her wardrobe on stage is made up of a beautiful collection of top designer pieces from Valentino to Tom Ford and many more. The most recent highlight is this beaded gown from Fendi’s Fall/Winter 2019 Haute Couture collection. The collection, titled ‘The Dawn of Romanity’, is inspired by Rome’s classical architecture; and this particular piece on Yung is made out of extra light tulle, and features crystal-embroidered floral patterns resembling mosaic artworks. The brand is going to bring select pieces from the collection to Hong Kong this October for a pop-up showcase, where we’ll be able to take a closer look and gain better understanding of the craftsmanship that goes into each of these masterpieces. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor

 

Le Labo Bigarade 18

Weekly Obsessions - Le LaboNew York-grown perfumery Le Labo, equally venerated for its scents as much as its cult status and wit (just search OverheardatLeLabo on Instagram) has finally added Hong Kong to its City Exclusive fragrance collection. Bigarade 18 is the 13th of the range, joining other fragrances paying homage to Miami, Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, Dubai and more. Designing the Hong Kong fragrance, co-founder Eddie Roschi was apparently inspired by memories of the Repulse Bay Hotel, with its hallways lined with the scent of lilies and citrus trees. ‘Bigarade’ in fact is the bitter orange native to Southeast Asia: as such, the perfume is a bright, sparkling citrus scent perfect for sticky summers, blending 18 raw ingredients such as cedar wood, neroli and bergamot. All City Exclusive fragrances are available worldwide throughout the month of September, and otherwise only ever sold at their city of origin. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor

 

Cartier Tank Américaine (mid-2000s)

Weekly Obsessions - Cartier
The design language of the Cartier Tank is widely regarded as being the most influential in modern watchmaking, but beyond the distinctive Roman numerals and brancard flanks of the original, many Tank derivatives are made with a specific audience in mind. With the introduction of the Tank Américaine in 1989, Cartier sought to capitalise on growing demand in the U.S. for larger watches — by translating the essential characteristics of the Cintrée into a bigger, badder 44mm x 26.5mm casing. Initially manufactured in yellow and pink gold, it wasn’t until 1995 that a white gold version (complete with bracelet) began to appear. The latter execution happens to be my favourite: particularly in the ‘small’ size (36mm x 27mm) that was ostensibly designed for women. WatchBox Hong Kong are currently offering this ‘small’ Américaine (HK$62,100) with a lovely folding bracelet, dated to the mid-2000s. Aside from its size, my favourite detail is the visual coherence: the bracelet’s elongated connector links pick up on the slight curvature in the case, infusing the overall silhouette with an elegant seamlessness that makes it very easy to wear. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer

 

Ports 1961’s embroidered patch shirt

Weekly Obsessions - Ports 1961

It’s officially a thing for fashion designers to collaborate with artists to bring an extra and more distinctive layer of artistic flair to their creations. At Ports 1961, creative director Nataša Čagalj has also tapped ’60s pop-artist Hockey to enhance her Pre-Fall 2019 creations with bold and pure colours. I particularly enjoy this embroidered patch shirt (approx. HK$5,734) for the simplistic lines, as well as the playful Ric Rac embroidery attach patches in vibrant and youthful hues. Taking inspiration from these colourful patterns, the brand has also partnered up with Italian dessert bar 2/3 Dolci to open a pop-up gelato stand in its Tsim Sha Tsui flagship. Feel free to have a taste of these three flavours — black sesame; golden mango and passion fruit; bright red raspberry and strawberry — inspired by the primary colours of the Pre-Fall 2019 collection’s print motif, which will be available from 1–7pm through 25 August. —CC

 

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.