Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on March 23, 2013

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

Rochas – The talented Marco Zanini continues to turn around the historic Parisian fashion house, with sales up by 46% on previous seasons.

Marks & Spencer – Signing up evergreen fashion stalwart Hilary Alexander as consultant on its Per Una collection. Maybe she’d like to cast her expert eye over the disappointing men’s casualwear when she has a moment too?

Salvatore Ferragamo – Ferragamo’s new Fondazione Ferregamo initiative looks set to preserve Italian craftsmanship through conceiving and funding educational projects, incubating fresh talent, and collaborating with similar public and private bodies.

Alber Elbaz’s face says it all –  “Yes, I’ve just designed a dress for Minnie Mouse. Have I really been reduced to this?”

“Nashville” (More 4) – Can’t get enough of cowboy hats, boots and just enough tacky tunes. Yee haw to Hayden Panettiere as the pushy upstart.

TK Maxx – Recent visits saw us reeling at the Pierre Balmain, Balenciaga, and Zac Posen pieces on the rails. Our tip – head for the out-of-town stores.

Dr Lewinn’s new Skin Perfect Make-Up rangeTop Aussie skincare brand branches out into make-up with a rose stem cell, hyaluronic acid and tourmaline based anti-aging, long lasting, fluid foundation (£25) in six shades for all skin tones. A skin primer (£22) and illuminiser (£22) has also been developed to accompany the range. Launches April ’13 

‘Future Disco Volume 6: Night Moves’ – The latest instalment of groovy, laid back house music arrives just as the nights start to get longer.

‘L’Occitane Pivoine Hair Mist (£13.50) – A simply lovely idea. Perfumed peony hair? I would. But need some Spring rays to help me make it happen.

Tod’s – Another brand due a welcome renaissance, thanks to the appointment of former Gucci and Valentino designer Alessandra Facchinetti.

Nike x Undercover GYAKUSOU – Undercover designer Jun Takahashi teams up with the global giant for another collection of slick sportswear that looks as good in the club as it does on the track.

Condé Nast – …and parent company Advance Publications’ investments in and may prove to be a game-changing move in fashion media. We’re in.

Tilda – We love you Tilda, but upping camp from Haider to Karl of the double Cs? You’re worth so much more.

UK Springtime – Blizzards and Arctic blasts. Let’s hope that Summer is less underwhelming.

Kering – Or ‘The Conglomerate Formerly Known As PPR’, as well as “dried up” in Indonesian. Insert your own Alexander Wang/Balenciaga jokes here.

TV presenters begging for free clothes – Tragic. Especially as the presenter in question would kill any brand stone-dead. Even Next would have second thoughts. EVEN. NEXT.

The Kate Moss bento box – Benson & Hedges would be more apt.

Ann Summers & Superdrug – Clever move or proof that ‘extending the brand’ means many women would prefer not to darken the doors of AS in its increasing tacky descent into Benny Hill double-entendres? Though, everyone gets the urge for a bit of clitoral stimulation when they pop out for their Pantene, don’t they?

High street R&B – Beyoncé for H&M, Rihanna for River Island, Tulisa for Bon Marche (probably). We miss the days of Destiny’s Child in top-to-toe Dior denim.

Trussardi – (Pictured right) Ditching designer Umit Benan just as he got into his stride. Yes, Good luck with that.

Waitrose – Employing hostess-with-the-leastest Pippa Middleton as a columnist. Good luck with that, too.

The Katie Price/Kelly Brook Twitter spat – The Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer of glamour modelling trade tit jibes. God bless the Sisterhood.

Girls Aloud – We look forward to* 5 x the TV appearances and new direction West End/designer/celebrity judge/crap solo careers. (*not really)

The BBC Television Centre farewell – Drawn out longer than a ‘Coronation Street’ storyline, we were blushing ingénues when Auntie Beeb started to say farewell to “The Dream Factory”.* (*This may be an exaggeration).

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