The Chutzpah Weekly Barometer

by Katie on March 29, 2013

Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott – Exclusive to, this collaboration between London’s Queen of Print and denim label Current/Elliott is the top of everyone’s wish list this week.

The Tutor Crowd – The online English tuition provider has corrected the grammar and spelling of some of London’s crappest graffiti, and becomes an early winner of this year’s Best Ambient Marketing Campaign.

The Gant Rugger Relay – Creatives across the globe play tag with the latest Gant Rugger collection, choosing their favourite pieces then passing it on. Now arriving in the UK, could you be next?

Mori by Camper and Dai Fujiwara – Low-key bag range from the Spanish footwear brand and former Issey Miyake designer Dai Fujiwara, manufactured from an innovative knitted fabric made from paper. Available from May 2013.

Junya Watanabe MAN for Comme des Garcons quilted peacoat – The most stylish way to repel that Beast from the East

Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out comes to Manchester – Vogue’s scaled-down event this year arrives in Team Chutzpah’s stomping ground on October 10th. Expect to jostle with the Cheshire set and soap starlets for those special discounts and drinks.

O.P.I.’s Bond Girls collection – O.P.I’s latest selection of Liquid Sand polishes takes inspiration from the long-running spy series. Make like Halle Berry with the ‘Jinx’ matt coral shade.

Sweatshirts – Dress them up, dress them down, everyone seems to be living in them at the moment. We love this upscale version by Louise Amstrup

‘Emilio Pucci’ by Vanessa Friedman – An exhaustive retrospective of the aristocratic and innovative Italian designer from Financial Times fashion editor Vanessa Friedman. Published by Taschen £44.99

Jon Hamm’s refusal to wear underwear – And long may it continue.

The Labour Party – Colluding on the Health and Social Care Act which comes into force this weekend, effectively dismantling the NHS, as well as legislation to end our free press. Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

Streetwalker fashion shoots – Was Katie channelling Patsy Stone? “Hello, Alex. This is the mood board for the next edition…sex, bitch, aristo, sex, punk, whore, bitch, prossie, lezzie, punk, tart, slut. Oh but Alex, Alex, WITH LOVELY SHOES”.

The Alexandra Burke Billie Holiday tribute concert – It actually burnt our fingers typing those words.

Event magazine – The Mail on Sunday expands The Sidebar of Shame and its Kardashian fat-shaming fixation into a full Sunday supplement. All the casual misogyny that’s fit to print.

Hainsworth’s Lupton blanket – This stripey 100% Shetland wool blanket was allegedly inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge’s great-grandmother. Or, rather, the £450 price tag was.

Nip + Man’s Ab Fix, Bicep Fix and Pec Fix firming gels – Or you could just save the money by exercising and not eating lard.

That Hermes crocodile skin T-shirt – Okay, it’s got everyone talking about Hermes but let’s not pretend that a world in which this overpriced bit of aspirational tat exists is a better place.

Food stamps – Just when you think the Government couldn’t crush the self-respect of Britain’s poorest families any further.

The wedge trainer mountain – STOP IT NOW. The original Isabel Marant hi-tops were horrible, the Reebok Classic versions even worse.

The Oliver Sweeney/Oliver Proudlock collection – After exciting collaborations with London designers Matthew Miller and Timur Kim, Oliver Sweeney’s latest hook-up, with resident ‘Made in Chelsea’ peacock, is an effective exercise in how to kill a brand stone dead.

Gucci’s Chime For Change charity concert – Gucci’s latest wheeze, a charity whose aim is to empower women in developing countries, would probably appear at the top of this list if the execution didn’t ring as hollow as one of its handbags. Headlined by Beyoncé (sample lyric; “Bow down bitches”), a singer who chose to name her tour ‘The Mrs. Carter Show’, the Twickenham gig also features noted feminist, clothes horse, and friend of Philip Green Florence Welch, who certainly looked empowered dancing around in her pants in the video for ‘Drumming Song’. Sorry Gucci, but we’ll be washing our hair that night.
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