Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on May 4, 2012

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

LOVING

Trompe L’oeil – The deluge of slimming optical illusion dresses comes thick and fast. From Hollywood A-listers to contestants on BBC1’s ‘The Voice’ everybody’s doing it.


Patternity Tights – For The Bauhaus exhibition in May 2012, Patternity have been commissioned by the Barbican to create a limited edition run of hand screenprinted tights. Relaunching a design from the existing collection (launched in Selfridges 2011) the ‘Totem’ tights pay homage to the Bauhaus style in achieving harmony between function and form. Available from the Barbican shop and also at t www.patternity.co.uk  RRP £48.

Fred Perry x Raf Simons – You would expect Simons to be a tad busy at the moment, what with overseeing Dior’s couture, ready-to-wear, and accessories collections, but the Belgian designer has found time to revive his successful collaboration with Fred Perry for next Summer.

Kate Bush – One of the greatest female artists of our generation was back in the news this week after winning a South Bank award for her ’50 Words for Snow’ album. The ultimate genius idol.

Colcci – Upmarket Brazilian clothing brand Colcci, whose celebrity ambassadors include Ashton Kutcher and Alessandro Ambrosio, comes to the UK’s shores with a high-profile event this month.

Supreme x Vans Campbells Soup collection – What did we tell you about Pop Art-influenced fashion?

Cameron’s Angry Face (imagined) – PM Cameron may be busting a blood vessel and stomping his feet after the thrashing in the local elections. Get the message, yet, DC?

Naomi vs. Tyra Part II – They may have buried the hatchet but former supermodels Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks prepare to go head-to-head on the same US television network fronting rival model search reality shows.

Louis Vuitton Cup 2012 collection – Nautical-inspired apparel, accessories, and footwear from the luxury French luggage house. Team Chutzpah has his eye on the Damier check holdall.

Vogue’s Health Initiative – Nineteen international editors announce long-overdue pact to promote a healthier approach to body image in their magazines.

Dolce & Gabbana Monica Lipstick Collection – Monica Bellucci, has given her signature to a limited edition collection of six voluptuous lipsticks. All are £24.50 and available exclusively at Harrods from May 2012.

Caudalie pop-up spa at Urban Retreat – Harrods hosts a month-long stopover for the French beauty brand, offering five luxurious signature treatments inspired by Caudalie’s Bordeux vineyard birthplace.

Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis – One of London’s finest designers announces a 60-piece collection for John Lewis launching in the Autumn, with further occasion wear to follow, and the nation’s women swoon.

HATING
Too gimmicky nails – A touch too Jessie J. With Ciate boasting a 14,000-strong waiting list for their black caviar manicure set, and a rival velveteen manicure launching and while we’re liking the look, we still opt for a good old-fashioned French polish.

Liverpool Fashion Week – Outlawing fake tan and false eyelashes at an event in Merseyside is on a par with banning the educationally subnormal from an episode of ‘The Only Way is Essex’.

Fake Primarni – As seen in Dubai, that well-known global epicentre of class and style.

Paul Smith for Mr. Porter – We’re yet to be wowed overboard by anything on the Mr. Porter site, and Paul Smith’s spectacularly drab take on Ivy League style has left us cold. £235 for a grey jersey sweatshirt?

“The Sisterhood” – From tabloid pet troll Samantha Brick laying into the Mary Beard debate, to TV historian Lucy Worsley claiming she’s too educated to have a baby, we’re wondering why some women sometimes seem incapable of doing themselves any favours?

Jubilee tat – Union flag press-on nails, a limited edition Tangle Teezer brush, even Home Counties cashmere porn purveyors Brora have announced a pointless cash-in.

Adele’s ‘21’ – Having sold more than ‘Thriller’, and sound tracking every mid-market middle-of-the-road sales floor in the country, the briefest snatch of Adele setting fire to the rain induces a migraine in moments chez Chutzpah.

Celebrity crushes –David Cameron’s Cheryl Tiegs poster. Barack Obama and Trekkie pin-up Lieutenant Uhura. Thankfully Alexa Chung spared us the details of her “sexy” dream starring Karl Lagerfeld…..

Ikea – Alleged in a recently-aired Swedish documentary to have used East German political prisoners to build furniture in the 1970’s and 80’s, and now facing fresh rumours regarding Cuban prison labour. Eek!

DON’T CARE

Anna Dello Russo and H&M – As with all fashion insiders, we adore Anna’s bold straight-from-the-runway looks she works every day (and sometimes every hour), but we aren’t looking forward to pram-faced girls clomping down our high streets with fruit on their heads and jangling chunky cheap gold bracelets.

Abercrombie & Fitch – Vintage mag ‘The Chap’ staged a protest this week against Abercrombie expanding their operations on Savile Row, and quite right too. Whilst the somewhat fusty home of British bespoke needs to drag itself into the 21th century, the US company’s over-branded, overpriced apparel isn’t the answer. Our suggestion is to move the velvet ropes and half-naked himbos over to Leicester Square. Hell, why not even an AbercrombieWorld? As a firm fixture on the tourist map, Abercrombie needs a more fitting home, one which isn’t at odds with London’s heritage.

Weekly Barometer complied by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah. Please let us know what you think of our likes/dislikes by leaving a comment. Thank you.
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