Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on November 20, 2011


A light hearted look back over the past week’s good, bad and indifferent including the “don’t even go there’s”.
LOVING 
Celine eyewear – A multi-year agreement with Italian manufacturer Safilo means that we’ll all be looking sleek on the slopes this January.

Lottie Moss – Only 13 years-old and already modelling, we predict big things for Kate’s little step-sis.
Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense – This rich cream-gel was designed for those looking for elevated moisturising benefits by offering a double-hit – maximum hydration plus moisture barrier repair technology. After just three days of use, clinical tests show that skin’s moisture barrier is dramatically strengthened and improved. Skin is left with a healthy, dewy, supple look and stays comfortably plumped for up to 24 hours. Bring it on! (£32 from Clinique counters from 1st Jan 2012).
Mark Quinn for Selfridges – The Young British Artist (yes, he of the “blood head”) and Prada collaborator designs a limited edition range of jewellery, T-shirts, and scarves for the upscale department store. Selling out has never looked so stylish.
b Store and Absolut Mode Edition –  As Karen Walker said, “You say tomato, I say vodka.” She’d be delighted with Selfridges’ other exclusive, three new Absolut vodka bottles designed by “friends” of b Store – Peter Jensen, Sophie Hulme, and Tim Soar. Featuring a  provocative leather harness, a patchwork scarf, or blingy chains, there’s a bottle to suit every outfit…and Ms Walker has plenty.
Edina Monsoon to guest at Stella’s Christmas Light Up – 29th November’s sure to see some AbFab style jinks at Stella’s store in Bruton Street where Edina Monsoon and a ‘special guest’ will perform….if they can find Pats under that pile of Stolly bottles.
‘Eames: The Architect and The Painter’ – Narrated by the currently untouchable James Franco, this documentary delves deep into the private life and career of iconic husband-and-wife design team Charles and Ray Eames.
“Because you’re worth it”  – And we SO are. Happy 40th birthday to the best hook line around.
Louboutin’s S/S’12 Pre Collection Launched now, Ms Chutzpah is NEEDING these gold babies for Christmas. Priced at £1195 (*cries*) they’re available on the Christian Louboutin site.
Superdrug and the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal – Our favourite high street beauty chain team up with those good people at the Salvation Army in order to help local communities across the country. Donate an unwrapped toy or gift at Superdrug stores from Wednesday 23rdNovember to 18th December and spread a little Christmas cheer.
PAN AM (BBC2) – The retro glamour outfits only….
HATING
Twitter bores – Hearst had the foresight to send employees of Red magazine on a course to learn how to use Twitter effectively, and we can’t help but think that other brands and publishers would benefit too. Unfortunately, using twitter doesn’t magically bestow personality, intelligence and charisma…more’s the pity.
The UK Festival Awards – Surely the complete antithesis of festival culture?
The ‘Sex & the City’ fragrance range – “Hello, 2004 just called. It wants its fragrance back.” 8 years and 2 pleasant but mediocre films too late. Launching next year, this exercise in barrel-scraping is strictly for Carrie obsessives who haven’t outgrown their corsages.
The Claridges Christmas tree – Talk about kicking a man when he’s down. Galliano’s been dropped as tree decorator in favour of cuddly Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz. Somehow it’s just not the same. Where is ‘our’ John?
Next – We don’t know anyone who shops there either. Also responsible for the heinous Lipsy, as well as that television campaign which recalls the awkward dancing at amateur fashion shows, will a rumoured range by ex-‘Big Brother’ shouter Davina McCall be the next nail in the coffin?
Print saturation – Enough already. As Marks & Sparks goes big on prints for 2012 we’re starting to feel a tad jaded. Roll on February and some new ideas, hopefully.
Charity naked calendars – “If we give you some money will you put your clothes back on and go away?”
‘Beauty and Empowerment Ambassador’ – Because it’s not enough to just be a “face” nowadays.
Celebrity Spectacle Wearer of the Year – The Wanted’s Max George, apparently, although we can’t really remember him ever wearing them. Based on such criteria he’s probably a shoe-in for ‘Shirt Wearer of the Year’ too.
PAN AM (BBC2) – Weak dialogue, jumpy filming, two dimensional characters and a nod at glorifying all the sexism of the ’60s. As a vintage obsessive, we don’t really have to be *that* retro.  We’ve fought hard for equality and all this backward naval gazing to more role stereotypical times usually means women had the worse deal. Burn those restrictive girdles Pan Am girls.  This is when feminism went into overdrive don’t cha know? Who wants to serve drinks from a trolley when you can fly the plane?
DON’T CARE
Delia Day –  Sunday (20th) has been pointlessly christened “Delia Day” by supermarket Waitrose following huge sales of a Delia-devised DIY Christmas cake kit. We preferred her work for the Rolling Stones*. [*’Let It Bleed’ album cover]
The John Lewis Christmas ad – We’re made of stony hearts and don’t pander to commercial tear jerking.
The Tamara Mellon lifestyle brand – It’s with little surprise that Daddy’s girl Tamara has stropped out of Jimmy Choo this week following the multi-million pound designer footwear company’s sale to Labelux, contradicting her previous comments regarding the deal. What is surprising is the speed which her threatened signature lifestyle line has taken shape. We have a feeling that Tamara might come down to earth with a bump when she realises that her name may not carry much currency outside certain circles. Also, let’s hope she doesn’t decide to plaster herself over the advertising as in the past. 
Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah.  Please let us know what you think of this week’s likes/dislikes by leaving a comment in the box below. Thanks.


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