Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on July 10, 2012

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

LOVING
Giambattista Valli Couture – Yes, Raf blah blah Dior blah etc BUT dramatic Valli-style cape dresses are the frocks La Chutzpah has her eye on for next season. Glorious.

The Megabus bomber – The kind of farce which makes Britain great. We can’t wait for the inevitable film version starring James Corden, June Whitfield, and Ricky Gervais as ‘Blakey’.

Slouchy trousers – Relaxed wide-fit trews, as seen at Chanel Couture, are back for Autumn. We’re loving Olivier Theyskens’ version for Theory, available from thecorner.com
FarFetch.com – Their dripfeed of new arrivals including Givenchy and Giuseppe Zanotti heels is bad for our heart rate and bank-balance. Big Ol’ Tempters.
Roger Vivier’s ‘Rendez-Vous’ collection – Launching in January, a limited edition collection from the high-end footwear label which promises couture-level luxury at suitably eye-watering price tag.

Nike+ House of Innovation at Selfridges – Offering exclusive sports lifestyle collections, this futuristic pop-up in Selfridges Oxford Street’s Ultralounge is perfectly timed for any wannabe athletes inspired by the Olympics.


Jovoy, Paris – It can’t have escaped your attention that the Roaring Twenties is having a bit of a moment, thanks to Baz Luhrmann. Parisian perfume house Jovoy (led by the charming François Hénin) revive six of their classic fragrances, first created in 1923, exclusively at Harvey Nichols this week. Reviews to follow from Ms Chutzpah.

Pop! Design Culture Fashion – Exploring the impact of music, art and personality on fashion from Fifties rock ‘n’ roll to the early days of punk, this exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum promises to provide new insight into twenty years of popular culture. Runs until 27th October 2012.

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Tanning Mousse – This home tanning product promises to look better and last longer than most salon spray tans, and is rapidly acquiring a celebrity fan base.

Jewellers en Residence at Liberty – Luxury retail emporium Liberty offers a four-day celebration of all that glitters, from 11th-14th July 2012, showcasing the collections of sixteen international jewellery designers, plus complimentary engraving on Monica Vinader pieces, and an online voucher saving £100 on all purchases over £500.

Decent ‘X Factor’ records – Just as we got caught our breath after listening to Lidl, SORRY Little Mix’s ‘Wings’, Amelia Lily drops another massive pop bomb with her ‘You Bring Me Joy’ single. WHO KNEW?

HATING
Seating fails – We reeled at the fashion icon tweeting pictures of the child in the front row at Gaultier’s stupid-late couture show. Let’s hope Jean Paul’s tour-de-force of Twenties uber glamour made up for being seated behind some freelance journo’s fashbrat.

Lesbian Chic – Another Nineties revival, with Vogue championing ‘Late In Life Lesbianism’ (“Get Mary on line 1 now!”) in their latest issue, whilst Tatler saw fit to organise a knees-up in support of all things Sapphic. Next up…drag queen chic.

Pierre Cardin S/S ’13 menswear – 90 year-old Cardin ignored the last forty years of fashion and produced a retro-futuristic collection fit for a camp remake of ‘Space 1999’. Jaw-droppingly, butt-clenchingly wrong on every level.

Mariah and Alaia – How to kill your brand stone dead in one simple move. We love them both dearly, and that Morales remix of ‘Dream Lover’ is still a prime podium moment, but Scary Carey tends to have more on show these days than a ten-dollar hooker.

‘Katy Perry: The Movie’ – Another girl who can’t keep her puppies under wraps. What we’ve gleaned from the trailer to this pointless vanity project (we wouldn’t dream of watching the actual film) is that the producers have gone long on Perry’s much-vaunted “kooky” nature to appeal to teenagers, rather than her cold-eyed, driven caterwauling.

Mulberry’s hi-tops – In the land of horrible designer trainers Mulberry are kings. It’s like Emma Hill took a pair of Nike Dunks and threw up over them.

The New Raf-alites – Yes, Katie adored the collection but no, he hasn’t brought couture ‘up-to-date’, Riccardo Tisci already achieved that at Givenchy, and he hasn’t consigned John Galliano to a footnote in Dior’s history (shame on them). That is just disrespectful and ignorant. Now go back to quacking about that bloody Chung woman and her Peter Pan collars.

The Hair Dress – In medieval times religious martyrs wore hair shirts, which often contained lice and other nasties, as a form of penance. Nowadays entrants to the Miss England beauty contest wear dresses made from human hair. Are we the only ones seeing the similarities here?

Nazir Mashar deely-boppers – Featuring marabou pom-poms, these designer deely-boppers, from London’s Nazir Mashar and Opening Ceremony, are literally the last word in tasteless, overpriced accessories.

Sykes R.I.P. – More proof that God takes the good ones – and leaves us with James Corden. SADFACE.

DON’T CARE
Adele’s pregnancy – At least the poor girl can actually eat something now without being criticised, and the rest of us might get spared her wailing for a bit.

The Shard – At a time of widespread unemployment and poverty, launching Europe’s tallest and most expensive building with a laser light show feels a little “off-beam”, to say the least, whilst the property itself, described as “iconic” by its developers, seems more suited to Dubai’s skyline than the heart of historic London which it inhabits. The £25 charge to visit the viewing galley costs twice more than a ride up Blackpool Tower, without the promise of a tub of cockles, a hopped-up hen party, and a go on the slots in Treasure Island afterwards.

Weekly Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and @KatieChutzpah. Please let us know what you think of this week’s likes/dislikes.

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