Chutzpah’s Christmas Wish List

by Katie on December 4, 2011

Christmas comes but once a year, so we thought we’d make a diversion from our usual Barometer to tell you what we want Santa baby to slip under our tree – and what can stay in his sack.

Green Satin Charlotte Olympia ‘Paloma’ heels – A design classic in their own right, these vampy Charlotte Olympia ‘Paloma’ court shoes with their elegant fan detail could turn the mousiest wallflower into a Green Goddess. £595 at

Leather leggings by Helmut Lang – A little bit naughty, a lot rock ‘n’ roll, these snug leather leggings from cult label Helmut Lang are a favourite of that saucy minx Rihanna – but don’t let that put you off. £730 at Trilogy Stores

Monthly treatments at ESPA Life, Corinthia Hotel, London – Sheer bliss comes at a price, but it’s money worth paying when the results are this spectacular at Ms Chutzpah’s newest favourite hotel. Every inch is sumptuous. Prices on application.

Zara’s shirt dress with sash belt – Never let it be said that lil’ Ms KC only does vintage or designer, she’s awash with the best of the high street and adores Zara(Mary). This season has been a corker for the Spanish chain and it’s hard to pin down one item but hell, it’s black, it’s sexy and it’s v.v modern. A snip at £89.99.

Gris Tortorelle Kelly bag by Hermes –  Yes, it’s the ultimate. The definitive investment handbag, and another design classic, in the most understated dove grey Togo leather with Palladium hardware. Spendy, but you’ll never experience bag envy ever again. £9000 at

Cold weather parka by Nigel Cabourn – Manchester weather is best described as “inclement”, so how better to shelter from the storms than Nigel Cabourn’s parka with toasty shearling-lined hood? £1460 at

‘Study’ T-shirt by Imaginary Foundation – Like all fashionable males, Team Chutzpah awaits Basso & Brooke’s dip into menswear with bated breath. Luckily there’s Imaginary Foundation’s polychromatic print T-shirt to tide him over. £39-95 at
Rolex Everose Gold Cosmograph Daytona – Transcending the current vogue for rose gold watches, this elegant, masculine timepiece makes a bold statement. Price on application. And breathe….

Tom Ford ‘Oud Wood’ eau de parfum – Quite literally the sexiest men’s scent in Tom Ford’s Private Blends arsenal. £170 at selected stores including Harvey Nichols.

Nike Lavadunk Vintage in Fog/Vietnam Orange – Cleverly combining the technical sportswear and outdoor pursuits trends, these are the shoes that trainer obsessive Team Chutzpah is coveting today. But that could change. £85
‘Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love – Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973’ – Compilation charting the brief life of Berry Gordy’s West Coast spin-off. Worth it for the squelchy funk of Syreeta’s ‘I Love Every Little Thing About You’ alone. 2 xLP £23.99
One Direction – Louis Walsh’s wet dream are everywhere this Christmas, but we reeled when shots of the boys wearing our current menswear favourite Aquascutum appeared. So not the market we’d pitch the brand at. 

Amy Childs – Reports suggest that ‘The Only Way is Essex’ star is estimated to earn up to £10m over the next few years, which is possibly the most damning indictment of celebrity culture to date, and yet more proof that the idiots are winning.

Playing sales “chicken” – Buy now when they have your size, or chance it a few days until the inevitable early sales start?

Neon menswear – The future’s bright, yet anything more than hints and details will mark you out as a desperate fashion victim.

‘The Scouse Brow’ – Jodie Lundstram of ‘Desperate Scousewives’ (E4) introduces transvestite make-up tips to the masses. Not for the faint-hearted.

Post-ironic Christmas buffets – Rubbish gays flock to Iceland to “party like a celebrity”. JUST SAY NO.
Dougie Poynter – When we bumped into the newly-crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ during London Fashion Week he looked like he wouldn’t last a weekend at Centerparcs #justsaying
‘New Establishment’ awards – Double-edged, tokenistic, and marking the descent down into ‘Designers at Debenhams’.
Francois Lesage R.I.P. – “There is no couture without embroidery, and no embroidery without Lesage” – Karl Lagerfeld.

This week’s ‘Wish List’ Barometer compiled by Katie Chutzpah and Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah).

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Goguma December 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Def feeling the leather leggings. Wholeheartedly agree about Amy child’s et al. It’s a shame we promote big boobs rather than big brains..


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