Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on September 30, 2012

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

Marios Schwab and Edition for Debenhams – Fresh from launching his first underwear range for ASOS, the designer of one of our favourite collections of London Fashion Week gets snapped up by high street department chain Debenhams for their Edition line, alongside Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Illincic. We can’t wait for the launch.

Pollini (by Nicholas Kirkwood) S/S’13 wedges – This man just ‘does’ things to shoes and women’s desire for them.

Wellies – Is it us or has that time of the year arrived sooner than previously? Still, with Hunter’s pearlescent numbers, or Matthew Williamson’s prints for Havaianas, we’ll all be styling out the showers.
Breakbot ‘By Your Side’ – Not to be confused with the snoozesome Sade single, French producer Thibaut Berland’s disco-tastic debut album will definitely blast away your S.A.D. and Post-Fashion Week Blues.

Modern Love – We love the contemporary-retro prints of Sarah Arnett and (ex Elle Fashion Director) Kim Hunt’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection for their up-and-coming label. Stocked at Liberty, and at an affordable price point, we predict big things for this talented partnership. (Pictured left from the A/W’12 collection)

Colin McDowell – “Are we talking about London Fashion Week or a festival of childish self-indulgence?” Yes – and that was just some of the PR’s. But seriously, Colin knows how to upset the apple-cart, and we’ll be doing the same with our tell-all account of London this season.

4711 Nouveau Cologne – Keeping the scent of a Chinese Summer with us all year with 4711’s newest offering to their traditional range. Floral accents of geranium, heliotrpe and peony are subtly merged with creamy notes of tonka, sandalwood and white musk. The perfect bathroom pick-me-up with a shower gel (7.95), body spray (£7.95) and splash & spray (£22.95) as part of the range.

Christmas jumpers – A jumper is for life, not just for Christmas, and Team Chutzpah is crushing on River Island’s duck and sheep pullies perhaps a little more than he should be.

Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2013 – Tomas Meier nails it again with his flattering, fluid Forties florals, and a more sultry take on the season’s ladylike mood.

Agi & Sam – The menswear design duo have come on leaps and bounds in only a few seasons, so it’s no surprise that Harvey Nichols have snapped them up to design a capsule collection for the upmarket retailer.
UNHATE’s Unemployee of the Year – Benetton may have fallen off the fashion radar in recent years but they are still winning props for their envelope-pushing campaigns. An initiative promoted by Benetton’s UNHATE Foundation, aiming to spread a positive message of hope and celebrate young people’s ingenuity, creativity, and their ability to create new smart ways of addressing the problem of unemployment.

Prada Spring/Summer 2013 – Swings and roundabouts again at Prada after a brilliant last season. For S/S’13, it’s clunky and stiff, with ugly metallic sock-boots, Miuccia Prada’s personal assault on Japanese style left us cold but, as always, advertising-obsessed editors are in raptures. 

Sequin manicures – Enough with sticking little bits to your fingernails. We reckon the way forward is to ditch the glue and the gimmicks and invest in some deep, dense colour.
Aubin & Wills – Like Next, we don’t know anyone who shops at this decade’s youth version of Country Casuals, only without the fun and direction, but if we did we’d probably have their sanity questioned. The retail equivalent of Mogadon.
Italian scientists – Reporting that the length of the average penis has decreased by 10% over the last 50 years. DAMN.
Louise Redknapp’s ‘Wild About Beauty’ – We cannot get excited by anything the Patron Saint of Greige touches.

X Factor’s Rylan – JUST. GO. AWAY.

‘Gangnam Style’ – The unstoppable sound of the UK K-Pop (Korean Pop) invasion from the scene’s answer to Will.I.Am. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.

Lauren Laverne – We normally love Lauren, but nobody comes out of her London Fashion Week article in last weekend’s Observer looking good, especially bloggers.

René Oliver’s Tyre Furniture collection – We came across the heinous homeware at London’s Design Junction exhibition. Money for old rope. Or, rather, old tyres with strips of fabric stretched across them. (Below)

The Duchess of Cambridge’s breasts – We’re so used to K-Midd sucking all the life out of the clothes she wears that you’d think we’d be delighted when she decided to go au natural whilst sunbathing en vacances. Au contraire. The resulting furore has been beyond boring, as are the pictures. Call us when she’s got a fag in one hand and a gin in the other, like William’s Auntie Margaret.

Lana Del Rey’s ‘Blue Velvet’ – An artist fixated by the seamier side of Americana dirges up a song associated with David Lynch’s film about the, um…seamier side of Americana, creating something substantially less than the sum of its parts. Whilst we’re at it, can we also question Lana in her underwear on the cover of GQ’s ‘Men of the Year’ issue? We have to ask, as the token woman in this annual celebration of Dylan Jones’ sycophancy, why this was even thought necessary?

Weekly Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah.

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Anonymous September 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I believe half the huff & puff was exactly because she *was* pictured half the time with a fag in her hand… imagine if she were pregnant! Sacre bleu.



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