Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on July 30, 2012

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


The Fendi Baguette Book – One of the most iconic accessories of the last fifteen years (who can forget Samantha Jones’ tussle with a counterfeit Baguette in ‘Sex & the City’?), this impressively illustrated tome details the craftsmanship and phenomenal success of this modern classic. Rizzoli International Publications £70

Oscar de la Renta – Trained under Cristobal Balenciaga, King of Red Carpet Dressing de la Renta’s eponymous collections come to a new standalone store in London’s Mayfair this Autumn.

Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection cycling tops – Caught up in Bradley Wiggins’ post-Tour de France victory hysteria? Grab a piece of Wiggins’ Mod style – stick-on sideburns optional. Which, unsurprisingly, leads us to…..

Men in Lycra – Generally. The whole point of the Olympics chez Chutzpah. Our latest discovery is Ryan Lochte. Oh my.

Butter, London’s metallics – Worthy of the Olympics, this bronze, silver and gold Heavy Metal trio (Diamond Geezer, The Full Monty and The Old Bill) of nail polishes hit the mark. Limited edition (priced £30) available from Harvey Nichols and

Jonathan Saunders’ exclusive print for London Fashion Week – Saunders’ typically colourful geometric design is a HOT NEW LOOK for the world’s most fabulous fashion showcase. We’re hoping for co-ordinating T-shirts, tote bags, and woven silk two-pieces.

House of Billiam – With customisation and exclusivity the way forward, along comes an exciting new menswear label bridging the gap between traditional bespoke tailoring and streetwear.

The Olympics Opening Ceremony – Re-claiming the Britain we love back from this shower in power. Boyle is rightly raised to hero status for doing Britain proud in this crammed show of Britain’s factual meets fictional heritage.

Tulisa’s ‘Live It Up’ – A dirge so dreary Team Chutzpah actually started contemplating cutting himself halfway through, which is possibly the exact opposite reaction Tulisa’s paean to excessive champagne-fuelled lifestyles was meant to evoke.

eBay sponsors Fashion Forward – Like McDonald’s sponsoring high-profile sports events. Oh, wait a minute…..

“Get Harper Beckham’s look” emails – With Suri Cruise’s wardrobe allowance on lockdown, middle-class yummy mummies have a new poster girl for their competitive parenting.

Fall campaign fails– Note to Alexander Wang and McQ – when you employ the same photographer to shoot your Autumn/Winter campaigns you might want to ask them about their other work?

OK magazine’s Summer party – Who needs the London Dungeon when you have this Chamber of Horrors? OK decided to cram the naff de la naff of celebrity notoriety into their annual Summer shindig. With so much bad surgery, and even worse clothes, we’re hard-stretched to pin down the most offensive attendee, but top marks for a carthorsey Kerry Katona killing the peplum trend stone dead.

The Jacksons – We normally love a good soap opera, but the inevitable breakdown in familial relations between Paris, Auntie Janet, and the rest of the Jackson clan, just leaves us feeling sad.

Afternoon naps – According to researchers indicative of early onset mental atrophy. We have no idea what this means for Mediterranean countries, but we’ll be hammering the caffeine for the foreseeable.

Shreddies underwear – Just when you think they’ve thought of everything, someone develops specialist scants for the chronically flatulent. Worn by famous footballers, allegedly, and other people who can’t just open a window.

The K-Stew trial by social media – Like walking into a restaurant and criticising a stranger’s relationship, only with an inflated sense of entitlement and mass teen hysteria.

CND Shellac’s grotesquely gaudy Olympics nail art almost made it, but was pipped at the post by BrewDog’s noxious-sounding ‘Never Mind The Anabolics’, a mixture of standard bottled beer and eight banned performance-enhancing additives. If you think that sounds evil then the accompanying press release, which berates fast food and corporate brewery Olympics sponsorship whilst riding on its coattails, is a masterpiece of hypocrisy.

Weekly Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and @KatieChutzpah

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