Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on October 21, 2011

A light hearted look back over the past week’s good, bad and indifferent including the “don’t even go there’s”.


Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Elixirs – Intense volume of fragrance in a silky smooth roll-on that’s gentler while being more ‘knock-out’.  Ideal for handbags or travelling, this little addition packs a huge punch while retaining all of the Kurkdjian fragrance sensual power. Available in Apom, Aqua Universalis Forte and Lumiere Noir (a KC fave), Les Elixirs come in a box of 4 x 5ml roll ons and contain four times as much perfume as the EDP equivalent.  Priced at £85 and available at Liberty from next week.

Teal – Fashion finally catches up with us redheads.

‘Soul City’ (Universal Music)– Compiled by a friend of the blog, three discs of indispensable soul music which costs less than a spendy lipstick and oozes a lot more sex appeal. 

James Franco for Gucci’s Made To Measure campaign – Face of Gucci Sport James Franco seems to get both girls and boys in a tizz, so who better to front the Italian luxury brand’s bespoke tailoring campaign? Prices start at £1900 – so only slightly more attainable than the luscious Franco himself then.

The Little Red Dress – Too afraid to be a scarlet woman? There’s a shade to suit everyone this season.

Edward Enninful and Steven Meisel’s fake adverts story for ‘W’ magazine – It’s been a long time since a magazine story left us jaded fashion old-timers open-mouthed. Sheer genius, riffing on the same sheeny early 90’s nostalgia as Versace’s H&M collaboration.

Anya Hindmarch Bespoke – Katie’s favourite bag lady launches an online personalisation service, allowing customers to add names, handwritten messages, and monograms to an exclusive collection of accessories and gifts.

Liberty’s National Treasures – Liberty teams up with a host of iconic British names including Paul Smith, Stella McCartney, and Rankin to create a range of limited edition products for charity.

Rodial’s new Glam Balm Range This week, the chill really set in and we piled our our luxe moisturisers and serums. Just in time, beauty saviour Rodial have launched a richly nourishing, lush lip balm (£19) to save us from chapped lips and to complement the new Glam Balm Hand (£39) and Glam Balm Multi (£49) products. Available from Space NK and online at Rodial.

 “The Party Season” – The avalanche of PR-driven festive drivel has already begun, and it’s not even…..

Halloween – “Oh you’re a HORNY DEVIL! Wow, that’s so overwhelming scary AND sexy that I may have to retch. Copiously.” And, if we want to see a zombie parade we’ll hang around the tills in Primarni. Thanks.

Cheap Thrills – It looks like the days of the high street cheat are numbered following reports that the UK patent office is investigating ways to optimise intellectual property protection.

Temporary Lip Tattoos – Some women will do anything nowadays in pursuit of beauty, but let’s hope that most of them swerve these tasteless lip transfers from which seem more suited to drag queens or wannabe hip-hop ho’s. The cupcake version takes le biscuit.

Trend Forecasters – Or, more specifically, poor William Higham of Huffington Post UK who declared the 20 year-old Steampunk movement an emerging trend this week. Dear AOL, We also have some old rope for sale, will you give us any money for it? Ta muchly. xx

GraciEve – ‘The Only Way is Essex’ stars Sam and Billie Faiers’ range for House of Fraser. We would tell you what the clothing is like but it’s obscured in the promo pics by their fake breasts. As Amy Childs simultaneously launches a collection we need to ask, “Does anyone really want to dress like these brain dead, plastic, fame whores?”

Ricky Gervais – For being another one who doesn’t know when to shut up or back down and for inciting so much po-faced Liberal hand-wringing in the media. We might have more respect if he had the backbone to insult a minority who were able to defend themselves.

‘Kirstie’s Handmade Britain’ (Channel 4) – What a load of old tat. Patronising and nauseatingly middle-class make-do-and-mend bobbins from the self-styled homes “expert” and wannabe Tory peer (you have to admire the depths of her ambition). Following her witless appearance on ‘Question Time’, we wouldn’t trust Kirstie to wash our dishes – but then we doubt that the daughter of the sixth Baron Hindlip has ever washed a dish.

Smile by Stacey Solomon – Dagenham Stacey’s career seems intent to follow that of fellow ‘I’m A Celebrity’ alumni, Kerry Katona. First, a contract to advertise Iceland and now the barrel-scraping signature scent. Let’s hope she manages to avoid marrying a fame hungry, pyschological manipulator.  We can remember when ‘X Factor’ finalists used to sing for a living.

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah. Please leave us a comment re whether you agree/disagree with our choices.

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Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Agree with the hideousness of the TOWIE range at HoF, but the Faiers gals are some of the rare TOWIE crew with real boobies. Soz.


Verena Hafner - musings of a fashion stylist October 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Yes for teal! I’m a redhead too and it’s one of the few actual colours I’m prepared to wear. I previewed Helmut Lang SS12 earlier this week and there are a few great teal pieces in the second delivery. They’re verging on blue but still work.


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