Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on May 27, 2011

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


PIERRE BALMAIN – We would have let new boy, Olivier Rousteing (pictured left), stamp his mark on Balmain for a couple of seasons first, but we’re willing to give this diffusion collection the benefit of our doubt until we see it in September.

‘PHILLY REGROOVED 2 THE TOM MOULTON REMIXES: THE MASTER RETURNS’ – What better way to break in your new platforms? We’re sure to be rinsing Harmless Records’ compilation of the Philly Groove record label and “inventor of the remix” Moulton’s finest moments as part of our Disco Fridays.

CARVEN MENSWEAR – “What’s that? Menswear from revived couture house Carven and fashion wunderkind, Guillaume Henry, you say? Hold on whilst @TeamChutzpah sells an organ.”

PEEKABOO VINTAGE – Good news.  One of our favourite vintage brands is finally opening a standalone store in Ganton Street, W1.  Favored by die hard vintage lovers, the hottest celebrities and style mavericks, Peekaboo opens in the heart of the West End.  Seek out their eclectic mix of  vintage finds.  Billie Piper’s a fan and took time out to shoot some of the vintage finds. 

CHRISTOPHER KANE AND J BRAND – We love Chris Kane’s work with Versus, so we’re intrigued by this hook-up between the designer and J Brand, the denim label du jour that’s taking both sides of the Atlantic by storm.  We’re looking forward to even more sexy jean styles that begun as part of the 5×5 J Brand project last year as part of Vogue Fashion Night Out.  Watch this space. 

LUCY SIEGLE’S ‘TO DIE FOR: IS FASHION WEARING OUT THE WORLD?’ – With the Fast Fashion tide turning, and ethical fashion showcase, Estethica, celebrating its fifth birthday, Lucy Siegel hits the zeitgeist square on with her insightful skewering of the impact the fashion industry is having on our planet.  Published by 4th Estate.

CAT FOOTWEAR AND MARTINE ROSE – One of the biggest trends seen in the A/W menswear collections was the notion of hybrid pieces which mixed traditional tailoring with high-performance sportswear and technical fabrics to create a new adventurous mood.  Martine Rose’s boot for CAT is the precise distillation of this look and promises to be the men’s footwear choice for next season.  Available from September.

LAURENCE DACADE, NATHALIE RICH-FERNANDEZ AND BROWNS – Balmain and Givenchy collaborator Dacade buddies up with photographer Rich- Fernandez and Browns for a limited edition range of wildly psychedelic 70’s-inspired footwear.  Priced at £995 from Browns, South Molton street.

VANESSA FELTZ SHOW (Channel 5)  Vanessa has real charisma and there’s bucket loads of chemistry with her and her hubbie, Ben. 

DIOR MITZAH BRICARD INSPIRED NAIL POLISHES  – Canary yellow and Mimosa may be all the rage for nails this Summer but a lady can never go wrong with Dior’s exquisite Mitzah Bricard inspired nail polishes.  This style icon knew her leopard print.   Muted camel and ebony nails go a long way to chic.  £17.50 from Dior counters.


MARBELLA – We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the people of Andalusia as ‘The Only Way is Essex’ cast, Jack Tweed, and Kerry Katona all descend on the Spanish seaside resort.

GILES DEACON AND NINE WEST –  Giles is everywhere at the moment, winning plaudits for his Autumn/Winter signature line as well as his work for the house of Ungaro but, and it’s a big BUT, we’re just not feeling this range of accessories and footwear for high street shoe brand Nine West.  Sorry.

DURAN DURAN – For reminding us that we remember the supermodels when they were super the first time around. 

‘SOMEDAY’ WOMEN’S FRAGRANCE BY JUSTIN BIEBER – Where do we start? The bottle? The description, ‘Fruity-Gourmand’? The vomitous advert where jail bait Justin cosies up to old-enough-to-know-better model, Dree Hemingway? The original concept firmly aimed at tweens? Surely a sign of the impending End of Days.  For additional proof, see ‘Furever’.

STEFANO PILATI – We normally adore this man (officially the humpiest designer in Paris), however, we despair when a theatrical production’s wardrobe gets more copy than its cast.  Harold Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’, starring Pilati’s designs, and ‘some actress’ called Kristin Scott Thomas, runs at the Comedy Theatre until 20th August.

FRENCH VOGUE – We’ve given Emmanuelle Alt a few months now and, well, um it’s just all so terribly MEH – and more than a little derivative.  Hmm.  Your thoughts?

THE GOVERNMENT APPOINTS ANTI-ABORTION GROUP LIFE TO ADVISORY GROUP ON SEXUAL HEALTH – The abstinence-advocating Life are one thing, a Government who seem intent on pushing “the voting class” back to the Dark Ages is quite another.  Enough already.

PLAYBOY CLUB (MARK II)  Not even post modern and ironic, sadly. Tacky.


DAVID BECKHAM’S MENSWEAR – Yes, we like them and we say, well done to the Beckhams for getting so far on limited talent.  Whilst this budding Renaissance man’s collection will surely sell, it is also a nail in the coffin for menswear designers struggling to get by on sheer talent alone.

CHERYL COLE SYMPATHY – She lost a lucrative American contract.  Big deal (pun intended). She’s gone from earning ££££££’s to £££’s.  I’m sure she’ll cope.  Cue the endless column inches, ‘My pain at the heartlessness of SyCo” etc.

‘FUREVER’ BY FOXYBINGO.COM – If you think that the celebrity fragrance market has already scraped the barrel then hold on to your nostrils. If Justin Bieber’s ‘Someday’ is the smell of the apocalypse then this creation, fronted by ‘The Only Way is Essex’ “star” Lauren Goodger, is the olfactory equivalent of Pandora emptying out her box of horrors into your bathroom. We actually feel dirty just writing about it.

DRY SHAMPOO – Ladies, La Chutzpah just can’t master this so it’s being consigned to ‘tried and failed’.  Each attempt ends in a ‘Miss Haversham meets white flour mist’.  Not an ideal look even if a little Galliano heyday at Dior.  

This week’s Barometer was jointly compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutspah.

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