Katie Chutzpah is a Glaswegian. That may help explain the forthrightness and the dry humour.
She is a seasoned fashion and beauty veteran with a long career in freelance fashion journalism, fashion production and fashion & beauty PR and Marketing, helping re-create, re-brand and creatively direct many of the high street’s biggest names in her senior ‘head of’ and directorial roles.
She cut her teeth in the eponymous Lynne Franks PR looking after fashion clients such as John Galliano, Katharine Hamnett, Harvey Nichols, Edina Ronay and the British Fashion Council (pre ‘Absolutely Fabulous’) and was actually there while clients such as Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders used this madcap PR factory and its personalities as a source of inspiration. LFPR has been a huge influence in her style and approach ever since.
Following redundancy from a high-profile marketing & PR role at the beginning of the recession in 2010, Katie was urged to write and to start a blog by a few of her friends who seemed to appreciate Katie’s wit and modern-day, Mitford’esque type comments. She just thought she was being self-deprecating. They saw the potential of her capturing her thoughts as blog columns on fashion, beauty, art and culture plus a few ‘Tells It Like It Is’ slants. Never knowingly being without a point of view helps tremendously. As does cocktails and champagne. Failing that, ‘trampagne’ and good company will do.
Katie’s comments have appeared in the Sunday Times Style magazine and she has been featured in Time Out as one of London’s top fashion bloggers.
Katie has guest lectured at Conde Nast College and is also on the British Fashion Council’s Blogger Panel (formed by the BFC in Sept 2013).
Katie is a Fragrance Foundation Jasmine Award nominee for the ‘Best Digital Fragrance Experience’ 2015 having previously won the same category in 2014.
The blog says it all. Katie’s love for fashion, beauty, fragrance (she has a form of synaesthesia which means she can smell colours and textures), and the new in technology, photography, film and the arts ensures that there’s always something to enthuse about.
Katie collects vintage pieces from the 1920s through to 1970s and has a huge collection that includes Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes, Hardy Amies, Janice Wainright, Frank Usher, Jean Varon and Jean Allen.
Like most women, KC loves shoes and has an equally huge collection including Christian Louboutin, Nicholas Kirkwood, Rupert Sanderson, Lanvin, YSL, Dior, Gina, Valentino, Prada, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana. Ask her what her ideal pair of shoes would be and she replies, ‘The next pair.’
She’s also a huge soul and disco fanatic and grew up with brothers in the music industry.
That she engages and entertains her readers. She LOVES her readers – they inspire her, they got her here and remain her focus. KC’s hopes that the new product releases, catwalk and new collection reviews, brilliant entertaining people she meets and the parties she attends thrill her readers as much as her. She also likes to sound off occasionally (who doesn’t?) and that’s why the ‘Barometer’ and ‘Tells It’ sections exist.