Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on January 6, 2012

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

‘The Best of Disco Demands’ compiled by Al Kent – This marathon 5 CD box set of rare disco nuggets is the best way to start the weekend and blow those Christmas cobwebs away.

Viktor & Rolf’s Book of Fairy Tales – A delightful fashion compilation of fantasy tales that illustrates the duo’s beautifully surreal world such as Disco Hedgehog, The Fifth Perfume Bottle, The Golden Dress (about a pampered princess named Giselle) and Flowerbomb (after V&R’s globally renowned perfume, of course). A treat for the fashion centric and the child centric, equally. Priced at £12.99. Published by Hardie Grant.

Vauxhall Fashion Scout – We love this biannual showcase for emerging fashion talent, and can’t wait to visit its stunning new venue at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Adriana Lima for Donna Karan Spring/Summer 2012 – The sultry supermodel is smoking hot in this scorching campaign shot by Russell James in Haiti.
‘The Fuse’ – Christopher Eccleston (yes, we do think he was the hottest Dr Who seeing as you’re asking) stars as a corrupt Mancunian politician seeking redemption in this five-part thriller coming to BBC1 soon.
David Beckham’s hair – The most impressive element of Brand Beckham’s new underwear ads for H&M. What do you mean; you weren’t looking at his hair?

Maarten van der Horst – Dutch designer van der Horst wowed Fashion East and Topshop with his lively jungle prints inspired by vintage Hawaiian shirts, sending his name to the top of the Ones To Watch list.
Yayoi Kusama at the Tate Modern – Probably Japan’s best known living artist, this exhibition, supported by Louis Vuitton, of Kusama’s intense and innovative installations is a must-see this Spring. Runs from 9th February to 5th June 2012.
‘Voguing – Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92’ – Chantal Regnault’s photographs perfectly capture the underground gay ballroom scene as immortalised by Malcolm McLaren’s ‘Waltz Darling’ and award-winning documentary ‘Paris Is Burning’. Oh yeah, and some singer called Madonna. A double CD featuring the music which sound tracked those legendary parties is also available for anyone wanting to perfect their pop, dip and spin.
Kinder Aggugini and the English National Ballet – London-based Aggugini adds his sophisticated flair to the English National Ballet’s production of ‘The Rite of Spring’, which runs from 22nd to 27th March 2012 at the London Coliseum.
Back to reality – Could January get any more depressing? Yes, and here’s a truckload of micro-celebs “starring” in ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ and ‘Dancing On Ice’ to prove it.
The Sales – Is it us or have the sales been going on since last Autumn? We’ve yet to discover a decent bargain let alone a ‘steal’.
‘The Iron Lady’ – We think Meryl Streep’s amazing but we’ll be sitting out this apologist hagiography, which attempts to reposition the 20th Century’s second most successful politician (after Hitler, we proffer) as a feminist. – Advertised as ‘”Cut to the chase” dating!’ – so will obviously be full of seediness, philanderers, swingers, and cheapness. Less ‘Sex & the City’ and more “sex in the back of a Ford Mondeo”, only Samantha Jones wannabes need apply.   
Emmanuel Frimpong and Lethal Bizzle’s Judi Dench-inspired fashion line/Trudie Styler’s recycled elephant dung handbags – As with the snowdrops, Silly Season arrives early to Fashion this year. One of these concepts is almost certainly a joke dreamt up by a bored TalkSport journalist, we really can’t confirm either way about the other.
Marc Jacob’s holiday – Or rather the Daily Fail’s obsession with his beach towels.

Beats by Oscar de la Renta – A considerable amount of fur has been flying later, and we dread to think what conscience Stasi PETA have to say about these $700 silver fox fur headphones. Egads!

The New Year’s Honours List – Look past the worthy recipients in local government, and our own industry, and you’ll find less honourable awardees, such as an ex-lag, a wealthy Tory donor, and the Chief Executive of controversial pharmaceuticals conglomerate GlaxoSmithKline.
Resolutions – A week in and we’ve broken most of ours. How are you doing?
The return of ‘Take Me Out’ (ITV) – Yes, television’s tawdriest dating programme inexplicably returns for yet another series, dragging society back 200 years to when women actually did compete for eligible bachelors. We’re not feeling any sympathy for the men, most of whom seem to be personal trainers purely in it for the exposure, or the nigh-on rabid gang of women whose air of desperation is palpable. However, the single most upsetting aspect of the whole sorry affair is host Paddy McGuinness, who has turned from a genial bloke down the pub into a shiny, overplucked confluence of moronic catchphrases. An astoundingly low tidemark in the already shallow Light Entertainment pool.

Hangover Hair by DGJ Organics – This line of hair products may be a gimmick and positioned as very much tongue-in-cheek and no doubt it smells the lavender scented biz, but we can’t help thinking that announcing ‘Hangover Hair’ to anyone visiting your bathroom may say just an incy wincy bit too much about your social shenanigans. The Hangover Hair collection comprises of a shampoo, £4.99, conditioner, £4.99, and an intensive repair treatment, £3.99, that promises to refresh and revitalise dull and tired hair. If only getting rid of a hangover were that easy. Available from Waitrose.

Barometer complied by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah.  Please let us know what your think of this week’s likes/dislikes by leaving a comment in the box below. Thank you.

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