Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on October 19, 2012

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


Solange – Beyonce’s little sister is back, BACK, BACK!!! with her cracking new single, ‘Losing You’. The Congolese ‘Sapeur’ styling of the accompanying video is beyond brilliant too, and has been on constant rotation over at Chutzpah Mansions since release. 

A cheapie but a goodie, Boots 17 new ‘Tattoo Me’ semi permanent eyeliner has staying power. (£4.99). But while we’re with Boots 17, they also have a whole range of eyeliners from smoulder gel eyeliner to make your mark and high drama liquids.

Topman’s Harris tweed holdall – A little bit Nigel Cabourne at a fraction of the price.

‘The Canyons’ – Brett Easton Ellis’ new film, starring an off-the-rails Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, could either turn out to be a cult classic or a hot mess. We’re hoping for the former.

OPI & Bare Minerals latest collaboration –
Two great brands get together to launch the perfect nails and glossy yet matte matching lip colours. Loving the classic red and shocking Schiaparelli like pink. Avaialble exclusively from QVC from November

‘Well Dunn with Jourdan Dunn’ – The British supermodel cooks up a storm on Jay-Z’s YouTube channel. Who says models don’t eat?

‘Hacienda 30’ – With derivative Nineties-style productions ruling the dancefloors (we’re looking at YOU Bicep); it’s time to kick it old skool with a new compilation celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the original Superclub. Graeme Park’s mix on CD1 is particularly on point.

‘Prêt a Photo’ – The latest annual instalment of the Richard Young Gallery’s crowd-pleasing ‘Prêt a Photo’ series. Featuring iconic portraits of stars such as Jack Nicholson, Kate Moss, and Yves Saint Laurent, pick up a limited edition print from £50 to £5000. From 30th November to 31st January 2013.

Carine Roitfeld – Joining Harper’s Bazaar as Global Fashion Director. It’ll be interesting to see how Harper’s rival Vogue retaliates.

Shearling – The super-spendy, super-stylish answer to the current cold snap. We love this option from Dom & Ruby at Harvey Nichols


Acne’s shearling peplum skirt – But *that* is just silly.

The ongoing Jimmy Savile enquiry – At some point the whole child abuse thing got lost, and it’s now become a platform for battering the Beeb, self-absorbed female presenters trying to boost their profile, and the Labour party’s political grandstanding. The victims deserve better.

‘Sinister’ – Anyone expecting an effective Halloween fright will be sorely disappointed with this movie. Blatantly obvious throughout, with a helpful round-up three minutes before the end for the really dumb.

Brad Pitt for Chanel – We’re not alone in thinking it’s not great or even good. Wiley Brad was paid $$$$$$$ for this pretentious, sub-Nineties Calvin Klein ad bobbins that seems to spit in the face of a classic fragrance. And, while we’re at it, that hair looks like it needs a good wash.

Guilty Pleasure – It would not be unkind of us to state that this debut fragrance from recently-reformed pop tragedies (do you see what we did there?) Steps has a fairly limited market.

Cycling shorts – As seen at Mugler, unfortunately, and another indicator that designers are intent on reviving all the things we hated most about the Nineties.

“Sexy” Sesame Street Halloween costumes – You haven’t reached rock bottom until you’ve been groped by a secretary hopped up on blue WKD and dressed as a slutty Elmo.

‘On Luxury: A Cautionary Tale’ – Historian William Howard Adam’s account of luxury goods’ journey from preserve of the rich to aspirational totem takes a curiously vituperative high ground. We’re filing this dreck in the most suitable place we can think of – the bin.

Standard Issue – We have to wait until July next year to see just how bad Ringspun and Elvis Jesus owner David Mallon and actor Ross Kemp’s new “anti-fashion” clothing brand actually is. Strictly for those men who spend their Sunday mornings in B&Q and obsess over Andy McNab.

George Osborne’s ‘Rights-for-Shares’ scheme – The Tory party’s latest erosion of our rights has received a drubbing from employment lawyers, and quite right too, but let’s allow David Cameron and his shower of idiots to dig themselves an even deeper hole.

Movember – Soon upon us, but what’s going to happen now that flamboyant facial topiary is the norm, nee downright “hip” in certain circles? Shave off our beards, or ask more hirsute women to ditch the bleach and waxing? Your guess is as good as ours.

The return of ‘Girls Aloud’ – Rubbish gays up and down the country have been screaming like howler monkeys since the new Girls Aloud track was leaked online. Whilst we’ve never been fans, we think that anything which puts Cheryl Cole’s solo career on hold (that Marquis de Sade quote at the start of the ‘Call My Name’ video was the final straw) can’t be completely bad.

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and @KatieChutzpah. Please feel free to leave us a comment.

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