Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on December 16, 2012

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


“Bore Off” – Corrie’s Helen Flanagan was onto something with this phrase on IACGMOOH. Perfectly sums up how we want to reply to some people/brands who take le p.’s #EscentualWish Campaign – One lucky recipient each day will receive their most coveted Escentual wish until 20th December. Enter by simply tweeting “My #EscentualWish is…’ with the product link and you could be in with a chance of winning it.

Molami twine headphones – Chic as chic does.

Jean Paul Gaultier – Anyone for Junior Gaultier Part Deux? JPG recently announced plans for a diffusion line in collaboration with Italian manufacturer Ittierre S.p.A. Watch this space for further details.

The David Gandy Fitness phone app – The Cindy-Crawford-‘Buns of Steel’ of NOW, only way hotter.

Givenchy’s Spring ’13 Le Rouge collection – Givenchy’s new range of leather-bound lipstick for Spring/Summer 2013 is probably the last word in chic cosmetics and features Givenchy muse, Mariacarla Boscono. Bright lipsticks and matching nail laquers in red, pink and orange. Right up Katie’s strasse. Want.
Meadham Kirchhoff for Amazon – Online retailer Amazon’s first designer collaboration, with London design duo Meadham Kirchhoff, is an exclusive collection of men’s and women’s sweatshirts, each featuring an original print. Available now, each design priced £75.

Louis Vuitton’s Lockit jewellery collection – Fancy a bit of bling for Christmas? Vuitton’s modern-yet-romantic collection of necklaces, rings, and bracelets in 18-carat white, rose, and yellow gold with pave diamonds is a good a place to start as any. Inspired by the legend of the Pont des arts bridge in Paris where couples attach a padlock to the bridge and throw the key into the water for their love to be sealed forever.

Ivory Tower Princesses – Because it’s so much easier to be po-faced and self-righteous when you’re a household name and television star, or have an Oscar-winning actor for a husband. It’s time for a reality check, and to start considering the restraints of ordinary people’s lives.

The Pizza Hut perfume – Smelling of freshly-baked pizza dough on a Saturday night is going to get you all sorts of unwelcome attention. Mostly from compulsive eaters.

The Row and Damien Hirst’s $55,000 backpack – Tasteless and vulgar in that special American, Paris Hilton-kinda way (we’d be shocked if Paris doesn’t own one already).

Balenciaga Couture – Some of us are still coming to terms with the decision to install an underqualified Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, so any talk of a couture line seems laughable. Let’s get Wang’s first ready-to-wear collection out of the way first, shall we?

Emerald – Pantone’s colour of 2013, but we’re just not feeling it – and it’s not just Kate Middleton’s Mulberry frock that’s to blame.

John Travolta and Olivia Newton John’s ‘I Think You Might Like It’ – The song itself isn’t completely terrible, but the accompanying video, featuring some of the worst plastic surgery ever, some of the worst production values ever, and some line-dancing soldiers, sent Team Chutzpah running screaming to his ‘Grease’ DVD.

J.W. Anderson and Versus – We know it’s out there and everyone has their knickers in a frenzy but we seriously don’t know what Donatella’s been dropping, but it ain’t so hot. Even more inexplicable than that Balenciaga/Wang horror show.

Harry Styles – After Caroline Flack and a Twitter war involving Eminem’s daughter and Taylor Swift we can only presume that the forthcoming One Direction fragrance has been formulated using Styles’ own personal musk.

Victoria’s Secret – Overpriced and finally over here, we had a stroll around the Bond Street store and struggle to see what all the fuss is about. Exclusively aimed at men and girls who collected ”My Little Ponies. We could list five better underwear brands at a similar sufficiently pricey, price-point.

‘Viva Forever’ – Unlike America, Prince Charles, and Rubbish Gays of a certain age we’ve always despised the Spice Girls and their hollow take on feminism, a ‘Sisterhood’ which pretty much backfired on everyone involved thanks to monstrous egos and an insatiable thirst for tabloid coverage. We’re led to believe that Jennifer Saunders’ West End show is as awful as we expected it to be as even Victoria looked bored to tears. But, it’s worth checking out the ‘Viva Forever’ inspired afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols’s Fifth Floor restaurant, which looks far more enjoyable than any Spice Girls musical and much more classy.

Weekly Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and @KatieChutzpah. Please let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment. Thank you.

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