Chutzpah’s Barometer

by Katie on February 9, 2015

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

LOVING

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Carole White ‘Did I Say Too Much?: My Life In and Out of the Model Agency’ – Premier Models’ “Auntie Carole” details her rise and rise as one of the top modelling agents in the world. Published 12th February 2015 by Century. Carole, you’re the biz. Quite literally.

Marks & Spencer’s ‘Best of British’ collection – Marks and Sparks are backing Britain with a spring edit of on-point pieces manufactured in England. Go fly the flag. Available in selected stores from March.

Jack Wills – Richard Nicoll’s unveiled his first instalment as creative director for Jack Wills, a Britpop-influenced selection of polished basics. 

The Whitworth Gallery – Named 26th in a New York Times rundown of Top Places To Visit in 2015, Manchester’s Whitworth art gallery reopens with a bang after a £15m redevelopment. From 14th February 2015.

Terry De Havilland for Harrods – The Prince of Platforms has had more comebacks than Kylie, and launches an exclusive line for Harrods’ sumptuous fifth floor Shoe Heaven footwear department later this month. From £595.

Opening Ceremony x Vivienne Westwood – The American luxury retailers team up with Dame Westwood to reissue archive pieces from the English designer’s World’s End store, including iconic pieces from the ‘Pirates’ and ‘Witches’ collections.

Penhaligons’ Ostara – Clifton Nurseries, in partnership with storied fragrance house Penhaligons’ paean to the humble daffodil, has devised an inventive afternoon tea menu, and £1 from each booking will be donated to children’s charity, Green Fingers.

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Hotel Café Royal x Givenchy’s L’Atelier Collection – Hoping to sample one or three pre #LFW. One of London’s most exclusive hotels launches a new cocktail menu inspired by the Givenchy L’Atelier fragrance collection. A perfume & martini lover’s dream. Sign me up. Available until 31st March 2015.

HATING

Fakers gonna fake – The glut of Fauxvenchy on the high street has been replaced by bad Hood By Air knock-offs. Yes, we’re looking at you Zara.

Stephen Fry’s #BAFTA MEMEMEfest  – Lazy luvviedom in extensa.

Lidl lingerie – Call us snobs (because we are), but we can’t imagine picking up a cut-price thong with tins of budget beans in a store which won’t let you pack your purchases up at the checkout.

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J.Crew’s sequined bridal shorts – Fellas, if your betrothed has her eye on these then she’s most definitely doing a runner from the altar.

H&M – Putting so much time into their “Conscious Collection” of ethically-sourced clothes and corporate social responsibility that they forgot to pay some of their staff minimum wage. Whoops!

Emoji accessories – A sign that your obsession with social media is out of control. Put the phone down slowly and back away.

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In-A-Heap Hangover Texting – With all the cringe-factor of drunk-texting x 100. Yet again…put down the phone immediately and BACK AWAY.

High-fashion headphones – It started with Dolce & Gabbana’sSkull Candy hook-up, and now we have Bassbuds’ 24 carat gold earphones with Swarovski crystals. Probably best not wearing them on the night bus.

Fashion week bingo – Count down those clichés, from cropped,colourful faux fur jackets, to Valentino’s rainbow bags and shoes. Did I hear “Basic bitches” from the back? Sure fire way to delineate the actual industry insiders from the poseurs.

Touchscreen frostbite – Give awkward cold weather texting the finger with Muji’s practical yet stylish long grey gloves. A must for drafty tents during #LFW.

DON’T CARE

New York Fashion Week: Men’s – Confirmed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America this week, and promising to be as much of a snoozefest as its female counterpart. Move along, literally nothing to see here.

BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund – Another season, another list of long-established brands SORRY, “rising stars” fighting it out for £200,000 and the chance for a British Fashion Council mentor to suck all the originality out of their aesthetic. Whilst we love some of the nominees and support the BFC whole-heartedly, wouldn’t this bursary be better off going to an actual up-and-coming talent?

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@bombfashion) and Katie Chutzpah (@katiechutzpah). Leave us a comment and tell us what you think of this week’s choices

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