Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on November 9, 2012


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

LOVING

British Vogue’s ‘Colour Fast’ shoot – Vogue finally get around to a point we’ve been making for months, in a Pop Art-influenced spread from Super Mario Testino and Natalia Vodianova.

CIVILIAN – Upmarket Italian fashion house Pal Zileri and Mark C O’Flaherty launch an online travel magazine, whose nods to Tyler Brulé-era Wallpaper* fuel our current obsession everything Nineties www.civilianglobal.com

Gaspard Ulliel – The handsome French actor, whose previous performances include a young Hannibal Lecter, the lead in romantic drama ‘A Very Long Engagement’ and Chanel’s ‘Bleu’ man, has been cast in the role of designer Yves Saint Laurent for a forthcoming biopic. Ooh, missus.

And, talking of Chanel, the new No.5 Ltd Edition bath soap (£32; 200g) is a great luxury gift.


Louis Vuitton’s trip to Mars – The global superbrand go where no other label has gone before, in this spellbinding 3D vision of a trip to our solar system’s red planet, created in collaboration with Maneki Lab http://vimeo.com/52230493

British textiles industry – Vince Cable has backed an industry-led initiative to resurrect the UK textile industry, and create up to 200,000 new jobs over the next five years.

Marni – It takes something a little special to stand out in the currently flooded designer fragrances market, but Marni (and the people at Estee Lauder) have got us all hot under the collar with a sneaky preview of their first scent, which is to be launched exclusively in the States in February 2013.

DSquared2 lingerie and swimwear – Over at Chutzpah Mansions we love a little bit of Dean and Dan, and their newly-announced lingerie line looks set to be as fun and flirty as their main collections.

BearFaced Day – Today is BearFaced Day, a new appeal from Children In Need that asks the UK’s women to go au naturel for a day to raise money to help disadvantaged children and young people. Heidi Klum, Louise Redknapp, and Caroline Flack have all shown support by posing for makeup-free portraits with photographer Rankin.

Hudson’s Leeloo ‘go faster’ jeans – Want. Need. Imitation versions aren’t good enough.

The new FB Makeover App from Nars“Everybody is a superstar, at least for 15 minutes”. Go try out Warhol’s pop-art adage with Nars profile makeover app. The brand captures the spirit of Warhol’s Silver Factor with new technology.




HATING
The Schiaparelli relaunch – Now pushed back to next Summer as the owners allegedly continue their search for a suitable designer, despite those John Galliano rumours reaching crescendo point. Woe is us.

The death of Bill Tarmey aka ‘Jack Duckworth’ – We’re ‘Corrie’ fanatics and he was a legend.

L’Oreal – Tsk. Why employ a beautiful older woman like Julianne Moore as Global Brand Ambassador then Photoshop the life out of her? You know better than this guys.

Colour – Designers may be deserting Basic Fashion Black in their droves to court high net-worth customers in emerging markets like India, but doesn’t all that colour look a tad gauche, and may we even add “cheap”, in the gloom of a British Winter?

The mountain of McQueen books – For reminding us that the age of the troubled artistic genius is dead, in favour of the kind of bland businessmen heading up some of our favourite design houses.

Moths – At this time of year most British houses are breeding grounds for the pesky nuisances, who treat our designer wardrobes as an all-you-can-eat buffet.

The coverage of Hurricane Sandy – Whilst everyone was aware of the New York Stock Exchange being forced to close (THE HORROR!), little has been made of the communities ripped apart in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The Jolie-Pitt nuptials – So much conjecture surrounds Brangelina’s big day that anything is going to be anti-climax compared to the fantasy wedding tableaux envisioned by some of the glossies.

Desperation Collaborations – LK Bennett and Whistles working with the stylish Caroline Issa and Markus Lupfer respectively smacks of too little, too late to us. Even Caroline’s printed pompom heels can’t rescue LK Bennett’s image as the home of the insipid nude court shoe. (Shilo shoe opp from LK Bennett priced £170)

DON’T CARE
Charity intern auctions – Time was nice girls with comfortable backgrounds and no direction became interns at monthly fashion mags, where they would clog up copy with their clueless bandwagon jumping before eventually marrying and giving birth, then thankfully giving up writing about handbags to open the inevitable cupcake business. Nowadays $10,000 will buy you an unpaid internship with a major fashion house, thanks to charity auction house CharityBuzz. We’re not quite sure which is worse. Thank God and Tim Burners-Lee for inventing the Internet.

Kate Moss – It is the tradition with tell-all autobiographies that the subject needs to trawl some murky area of her past in order shill copies. Kate’s complaints surrounding her breakthrough fashion shoot seem at odds with the resulting shot by the now-deceased Corinne Day, of a young girl having fun with her friends on the beach, an innocent image that perfectly encapsulated the mood of the Summer, and which led to Moss being awarded an eight-year contract with Calvin Klein and global superstardom. Not only does this open the perennial debate on child exploitation in modelling, conveniently forgetting the event occurred over twenty years ago, it also seems disrespectful of Day, a true fashion visionary whose work helped define the Nineties. Moss remained friends with the photographer up until her death in 2010, such a shame that she has chosen to sully her memory now.

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah. Please let us know your comments.

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