Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on July 15, 2012

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

Tom Ford’s first London store – And a legion of TF’s devotees visibly swoon. You have to wonder why it took Tom so long to open a standalone store in the capital and, with Rag & Bone moving into Sloane Square down the road, it looks like Chelsea is having another renaissance.

Nike x A.P.C. – The Parisian label’s typically pared-down versions of Nike’s classic Air Max and Dunk designs are high up on Team Chutzpah’s Must-Have list for next season. tote bags – We’re loving these cynical Olympics-themed bags by illustrator Toby Leigh.

Wabi, London – Scott Hallsworth, former Nobu head chef, opens his new restaurant on Kingsway in September. Only minutes from Somerset House and the Royal Courts of Justice, we reckon the fash pack will lap it up.

Zandra Rhodes and Adele Marie – The Sixties icon has created a limited edition brooch in support of Breast Cancer Campaign. Part of Rhodes’ upcoming Autumn/Winter collection for costume jewellery brand Adele Marie, £10 will be donated from every purchase.

GOSH cosmetics covetable orange lipstick – (Pictured right). Simply the best, most supple orange around and cheap as chips. Go seek. Available from Superdrug.

Tween – The fashion industry game of musical chairs always throws up a few interesting curveballs, but menswear label Tween tapping up former Jil Sander designer Pierangelo D’Agostin is perhaps one of this year’s most intriguing appointments.

YSL cosmetics – Having a bit of a moment. The Facebook palette, the Manucure Couture Les Fauves, it’s all very hot, very NOW.

George Michael’s ‘White Light’ video – (Above) Kate Moss tosses a coin in the teaser trailer for Gorgeous George’s Ibiza-influenced ode to redemption, and our appetites are officially wetted for the full release on 17th July.

Maison Martin Margiela mirror cuff – If, like us, you’re still pretending that the H&M collaboration just isn’t happening, LOOK! SHINY! If Margiela’s gold cuff with its secret mirror doesn’t inspire jealousy when you touch up your lippy on the tube this Winter we don’t know what will.

Allegra by Allegra Hicks – The doyenne of West London chic does it again with a diffusion clothing line launching exclusively online and in John Lewis stores this September.

PPQ’s Blackout video – Liam S Gleeson’s dark, murky and sexy short video is a feast for the eyes.

“Toe-besity” – Cosmetic surgery for feet is the latest craze sweeping (where else?) America’s vain, rich, and stupid, who haven’t thought about just buying bigger shoes.

Swarovski Hello Kitty Rocks – Another week, another tacky Hello Kitty product aimed at girls who never quite got over Judy Blume books, Take That, and the emancipation of women. GROW UP.

The Andrej Pejic show – The fashion reality television barrel has now been well and truly scraped.

Kenzo menswear – Opening Ceremony, an upmarket Urban Outfitters, have sucked all the elegance out of the LVMH-owned Kenzo label. Pieces we picked up in our local department store owed more to last Winter’s hipster uniform, only with more naff logos and an extra zero added to the price.

Shelter feat. Alex Reid ‘Stardust’ – Yes, THAT Alex Reid. Bottom-feeding big room electro with an eye on “Marbs”, the irony is that Alex might actually manage something his ex Katie Price never could – a successful pop career (heaven forbid).

Burger King in Leicester Square – The last place we would want to go and view a Damien Hirst painting is the tourist Hell of Leicester Square behind reinforced glass.

“The Babyrazzi” – As competitive parents queue up to employ birthing photographers, may we request that no-one ever shows us snaps of their dilated cervix? Ever? Thanks.

Lee Stafford Sun Kissed Lightening Spray – Did nobody learn anything from the horrific Eighties hair abuse inflicted by Sun-In and its like?

Designer jelly shoes – A whole new world of wrong, with even the usually untouchable Givenchy getting in on the act. Or how about Gucci’s prim, ladylike jelly wedges? We despair. There’s really no need for this abuse.

The Government’s Orphan Works Reform – The Government, after some heavy lobbying by Google, is proposing new legislation which would mean private companies becoming licensing authorities for digital copyright. This means that you may lose your rights to your own intellectual property. Read all about it HERE

Ciate’s velvet manicure – After the acres of copy devoted to the caviar manicure, we’re officially calling for a moratorium on writing about Ciate’s new product. For now.

‘The Sweeney’ remake – Totally of its time, the original Seventies police series was brash, bombastic, and woefully misogynistic, so we’re wondering why we need this remake starring Ray Winstone and a washed-out, post-diet Ben Drew, AKA Plan B. With no sign of a female lead on the posters, we’re guessing that the screenplay will be high on bangs, boobs, gangsters, and ripe Mockney slang, whilst pitifully low on actual originality.

Madonna’s ‘Truth or Dare’ Shoe Range – Launching exclusively at Selfridges Shoe Galleries and featuring 23 styles starting from £80.  I really wish she hadn’t bothered. Desperately straddling sexiness with wearability, they do neither and just feel for the most part a bit ‘meh’ and dated, to be honest. Now why couldn’t she just have asked a hot shoe designer like Charlotte Olympia to work a shoe for her? Cue multo success and column inches. 

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and @KatieChutzpah. Please leave us your comments. 

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