September 2011

Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

September 30, 2011

A light hearted look back over the past week’s good, bad and indifferent including the “don’t even go there’s”.LOVING John Lewis TV ad  – A big dose of sentimentality and nostalgia using classic tunes. Thank God they’ve ditched the sickly ‘More than a Woman to Me’. YSL Collector’s edition Touche Eclat – The staple product of […]

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Ashley Isham’s Contemporary Maximalism for S/S’12

September 30, 2011

The Nymphs of Ancient Greece were minor deities associated with nature, beautiful maidens who dwelled in mountains and woodland, usually near water, and whose love of song and dance animated the world around them. The original Greek can be translated to mean “a marriageable young woman”, and there are countless myths regarding these vivacious spirits […]

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Sass & Bide’s splashes of tribal colour for S/S’12

September 29, 2011

Sass & Bide’s collection was heaps of fun and even more streamlined than usual. Streamlined in as much as fluoro pops of colour, metallic and embellished highlights, dark floral prints and neoprene splashes can ever be regarded as streamlined. However, when Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton’s collection is as luxurious as cashmeres, leathers and suedes in […]

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Basso & Brooke’s ‘Journey Through Clothes’ for S/S’12

September 28, 2011

Fashion has finally caught up with Basso & Brooke. Inaugural winners of the Fashion Fringe award and pioneers of digital print they may be, but previous collections were declared “difficult” by buyers. Nevertheless, Bruno Basso and Chris Brooke have steadfastly held their course, and next Summer could well be their moment. You can’t discuss digital […]

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Daks show innate British Charm for S/S’12

September 27, 2011

Nostalgia is a cosy comfort blanket currently used by brands as a sweetener for their inflated prices, an added-value extra to that initial retail therapy purchase buzz. That wool cashmere coat may be exquisitely cut but isn’t worth dishrags if you aren’t reminded of simpler, rose-tinted times, childhood trips, or long-lost relatives. Clothing as regression […]

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Felder Felder keep to their West London Punk Tinged aesthetic.

September 27, 2011

Central Saint Martins alumni Annette and Daniela Felder made their name with a politely punky, recherché rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, contradictions that seem incredulous on paper yet which result in the perfect fusing of hard and soft, the strong and the feminine. The Felder sisters may have matured, but are still up-for-it judging by their Spring/Summer […]

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Chanel’s new No.19 POUDRE pours on Ladylike Sophistication

September 26, 2011

Flankers, my dear perfume curious people, are the adjuncts to the perfume industry’s need for newness while retaining hard core brand audience and identity.   These are fragrances released to capitalise on the success of the brand and the scent of an already popular fragrance while adding a dash of ‘something else’ that will entice […]

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Power Seraphim & Shanghai Dolls at Julien Macdonald S/S ’12

September 25, 2011

Julien Macdonald (or ‘Macdonatella’ as TeamChutzpah and I refer to him) is a staple ‘big’ show on the London Fashion Week circuit. If it weren’t for his connection to Debenhams and their ilk, no doubt his name and pull would be even bigger, but the latter probably provides a much needed cash injection to the […]

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Roksanda Ilincic Rocks the Brights with a Twist

September 24, 2011

Roksanda Ilincic is always going to rock my boat. Her constant assured collections of sleek glamorous modernist evening wear is a joy to behold and with a audience of the bigwigs in town and at the show including Vogue’s Anna Wintour (a firm follower at every show), Suzy Menkes and Hamish Bowles, this has the […]

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Anya Hindmarch’s attention to detail extends to her S/S’12 presentation

September 23, 2011

Anya Hindmarch is beloved by all sophisti-Kates and West London types who avidly seek out her plush, beautifully designed handbags with their loving attention to detail.   For S/S’12, not only has Anya extended her repertoire in magnificent new styles that have the fash pack ‘oohing and ahhh’ing’ on sight, but these also have the […]

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