Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on September 10, 2012

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


Natalie Massenet – All change at the British Fashion Council, and how refreshing to see a woman in the top spot after years of what felt like “jobs for the boys”.

Zara riding boots – A shameless homage to those Givenchy boots that would be covetable if Kim Kardashian wasn’t wearing them everywhere.

Selfridges Oxford Street’s new menswear space – Redesigned as the ultimate 21stcentury men’s fashion destination, this new area within Selfridges’ menswear floor thirteen acclaimed international designers and *TA-DAH* welcomes Marni back into the fold.

Dolce & Gabbana’s new Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation – Regular readers will know I’m a huge fan of Dolce & Gabbana’s make-up line and how they just keep getting it right. The new foundation is silky smooth and the ‘classic’ shade completely matches my skin tone and smooths, giving light flawless coverage. Inspired by the light of Sicily, the Perfect Luminous Foundation is designed to give a woman’s skin a lustrous radiance and golden glow, dressing the skin with light. It’s a goodie. Highly recommended. Available in 15 shades exclusively available from Harrods at a price of £35.50. – Intriguingly billed as “a unique experience blurring the boundaries between fashion, art, and object” we can’t wait to see what this new online retailer has in store. The site launches with a pop-up shop event soon.

James Long and Topman – Long’s Spring/Summer 2013 menswear collection was the highpoint of London Collections: Men for many, so Topman’s knitwear collaboration with the designer looks set to be another sell-out. From October with prices starting at £100.

‘Royal Blush’ rosé – Probably the most fitting epitaph to Prince Harry’s drunken debauchery in Las Vegas is the label for this 2011 French rosé from English wine merchant Sheldon’s Wines.

Stefano Pilati – In as Creative Director at Ermenegildo Zegna, and looking to raise the profile of below-radar womenswear label Agnona, Zegna’s deep pockets mean that this surprising appointment is an unusually aggressive move for the brand. And whilst we’re on the subject of Zegna….

Essenze by Ermenegildo Zegna – Five new men’s fragrances, each using Calabrian Bergamot in varying strengths as their base, are to be released later this year. As usual Katie will be bringing you the lowdown nearer the time.

New season documentaries – Not only do we have ‘Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel’ to look forward to, there’s also a feature on Iris Apfel, and a new US Vogue documentary from HBO incoming too.

Anna Dello Russo’s ‘Fashion Shower’– ADR’s new viral promo for her H&M accessories line is the talk of the fashion world right about now, even if it does seem to be largely inspired by the video for Jean-Paul Gaultier’s 1988 single ‘How To Do That’.

Ellie Goulding – Back with a new single and still doing that annoying little girl voice.

Anna Karenina – Disappointed isn’t the word. While we can agree that this film is beautifully shot (in the manner of one long Chanel ad), it’s at the expense of the narrative and pace. Deadly slow (could be edited by at least half an hour) and with the least sympathetic characterisation you can find. It may draw comparisons with ‘Moulin Rouge’ for its surreal dreaminess and focus on the theatre as centre of the action, but while the latter thrills, Anna Karenina dilly dallies and loses our interest. Even the dreamy outfits and jewellery couldn’t hold our attention.

Robbie Williams – Having a moment according to the men’s glossies, although we’ll leave you to judge whether that’s down to his first post ‘Take That’ reunion album, currently in production, or his Farrell menswear line advertising spend.

Suede trainers – Everywhere yet absolutely useless for clubbing, Winter, or Real Life in general.

‘America’s Next Top Model: College Edition’ mounted head shoot – We’re reminded of a particularly grisly scene from ‘Sin City’, as the contestants are judged on their ability to look fierce whilst dead and decapitated.

The Giles Deacon/LG washing machine – We love Giles but we can’t decide if this collaboration with white goods brand LG is deliberately ugly in that oh-so-fashion-snobbery kinda way, or just hideously misjudged (with the emphasis on “hideous”).

Nicki Minaj – Pretty much making a name for herself as a repeat offender on this page, the “stupid ho” recently endorsed Republican candidate Mitt Romney in an expletive-laden verse. We wonder what staunch Obama supporter Anna Wintour thinks?

Hermes vs. LVMH – LVMH’s offensive on heritage luggage house Hermes has started to get even uglier after the conglomerate filed a lawsuit citing “blackmail, false allegations, and unfair competition”.

Choupette – We had hoped that Fashion Silly Season might’ve ended with the September issues but, no, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat is still garnering more column inches than his owner’s insults. *hisses*

Ryan Lochte – Yeah, so we’re fickle, but it doesn’t take much for a public figure to work their way up our ‘shit list’, as is the way with overexposed pretty boy Ryan, now touting a fashion line, a reality show, and a gig as front row correspondent at New York Fashion Week.

Tulisa’s fashion line – Launching in October. We’re sharpening our knives as we type.
Princess Diana – Dead for fifteen years yet her corpse is still being exhumed by graverobbing tabloids looking for an easy populist spin on the stories of the day, such as what Diana would’ve made of the London 2012 Olympics, or her son Harry’s antics in Las Vegas. Even Lady Gaga debuted a song at her UK concerts this week written in Diana’s honour, and managed to crowbar in a reference to Amy Winehouse as well, as if one tragic untimely death isn’t enough. It’s time to let Diana rest in peace, and to stop using her memory as a mouthpiece for your own views.

Weekly Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah. Please let us know if you agree with our likes and dislikes.

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abby September 25, 2012 at 5:26 am

There is always competition in every aspect in our lives and undertakings. And men’s fashion line is just one of these.


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