Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on October 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 

London’s Art Renaissance – White Cube Bermondsey goes head-to-head with the Zaha Hadid-designed Roca London and London is the winner.

The Louis Vuitton fragrance – Ooh, can’t wait for this one! Respected “nose” Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud is rumoured to be developing Vuitton’s first perfume since the 1920’s. With a reputation for rare materials and Vuitton’s history of luxury leather and travel, expect Cavallier-Belletrud to deliver a next-level scent on a par with his game-changing Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey.

Wolford’s re-release of Satin De-Luxe tights (£31) – The most glam options from the 1990’s have been re-worked and re-released. These slick numbers make legs look long, add a smooth touch and are toasty warm for Winter. Somewhere in l’abode Chutzpah, there is a couple of unopened pairs from ‘back then’.
Beyonce’s ‘Party’ video – The styling in this trailer park block party-themed promo is simply BEYOND. We predict a million low-rent rip-offs, SORRY…”homages”. Enter stage left, X Factor’s ‘Little Mix’….
Glasgow Boys Permanent Exhibition at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery After visiting London’s Royal Academy and being a tremendous success, 60 works by Glasgow’s Boys of the 1880’s onwards, comes home to stay.
Jimmy Choo Icons Collection at Net-A-Porter – Net-A-Porter celebrates Jimmy Choo’s 15th anniversary with six online exclusives showcasing some of the most iconic shoes in the brands’s history. The archival originals have been reinterpreted as modern-day collector’s items featuring new spins on the classics. Among the styles is the feather shoe made famous by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City when she shouted, “I lost my Choo!” Also included is the original Murial, reconceived in zebra print with a red silk corsage flower.
Karl by Karl Lagerfeld – And, talking of Net-A-Porter, Kaiser Karl’s diffusion collection, ‘K Karl Lagerfeld’,  is coming soon to the website. Followed by menswear, a pret-a-porter Karl Lagerfeld Paris line, a collaboration with Hogan and a range of watches for Fossil, is KL relaxing his grip on the reins at Chanel? Watch this space.
Loewe and iD magazine – iD’s founding editor Terry Jones, Judy Blame, and Edward Enninful collaborate with Spanish luggage house, Loewe, on limited edition versions of its Amazona bag to be auctioned in aid of London’s Centrepoint charity. See iD’s Winter issue for exclusive images and details.
Stella McCartney’s awesome jumpsuit at Liberty – What could be chicer and more necessary than a classically sharp cut all-in-one for A/W ’11? Sign me up.
Tomorrow’s Talent at Garrard – Another historic institution launches its showcase for emerging jewellery design talent with a month-long exhibition of UK Jewellery Awards Designer of the Year, Tomasz Donochik’s work.
HATING
Council binman chic – There is a thin line between a men’s wool coat with pleather shoulder detail and a donkey jacket and unfortunately, Topman have crossed it.  And, with X Factor’s ‘Biscuit Boy’ Craig rocking the look…what can we say?
Links of London – Some companies have one or two chosen charities but Links seems to jump upon every passing bandwagon with abandon. Philanthropists or publicity whores? You decide.
Rihanna – For her faux controversial video aping early-90’s free party culture, and her total saturation of the airwaves and any public space with a sound system. Yes, she might be hot as Hell but her constant droning about how much she loves sex is leaving us cold.
Kate Middleton in ANOTHER white dress – Zzzzzzzzzzzz…..
Eau de Burton – We would like someone to explain the thought processes which arrived at the concept of a Marmite-based fragrance. Anyone who’s desperate for such an experience should just rub a Twiglet behind each ear.
Tween style blogs – 11 year-old ‘Mad Men’ star Kiernan Shipka’s thoughts on dressing and style are more thought out and insightful than some “award-winning” fashion blogs. This kid will go far, annoyingly.
Hollister  – Good people of Birmingham, Hollister stores are meant to be that dark. You wouldn’t want to see their garish, over-branded tat in daylight. Plus, at least you don’t have to endure the retail travesty that is parent company Abercrombie’s Burlington Gardens store.
The Littlewoods Christmas radio ads – St Winifred’s School Choir Redux complete with oh-so-modern rap section, this nauseating campaign threatens to be on constant rotation for the next 8 weeks, by which time we will have either killed everyone involved or applied a cordless drill to our eardrums.
Inner-city military exercise programmes – Saturday mornings are for a trolley dash down Bond Street, not grunting in Hyde Park with a gang of similarly eager beavers in overly-matchy designer sportswear.
DON’T CARE
Alicia Douvall’s skincare range – Currently posing as a “socialite”, former porn actress and bad surgery addict Douvall’s skincare range somewhat alarmingly launches at the Harrods and Urban Retreat soon. Tsk Harrods, how can you do this to us?
H&M’s ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ collection – We can see ourselves dressing like Linda Evangelista and Marcus Schenkenberg in 1993 but we can’t see ourselves as a pierced, anorexic lesbian with Asperger’s. Sorry.
Tulisa’s TFB – Another week, another fresh low in celebrity fragrance tie-ups. Whilst Kelly Rowland continues to wow all on sundry on ‘The X Factor’ with her Idiot’s Guide to Sassy, Down-Home, American Black Women, Tulisa has left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth thanks to her lack of professionalism, iffy wardrobe, and this cynical cash-in. From the tacky packaging to the accompanying “Bring The Female Boss out in you” blurb, we give it 6 months before the inevitable Bodycare bargain bin.
Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah. Let us know what you think of this week’s choices in the comment box below. Thanks.



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