Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on May 20, 2011

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


BRIAN DUFFY – The Idea Generation Gallery launches the first full Brian Duffy retrospective and book, one of the “Terrible Three’ photographers (along with David Bailey and Terrence Donovan) who tore up the Sixties. Expect all the usual icons, as well as *that* ‘Aladdin Sane’ cover. The book is published in June (£45; ACC Editions), with a private view of the exhibition taking place in July.

WHISTLES TAILORING – Up until now affordable and attractive women’s suiting has been a glaring black hole. Whistles’ range, under the direction of Savile Row alumni Fredrik Willems and using traditional techniques and British worsted wool fabrics, promises high end quality at high street prices.

KURT GEIGER & LIPSY – A synergistic hook-up made in marketing heaven. Lipsy get the cachet of working with a more sophisticated brand and Kurt Geiger grab the chance to groom nascent shoe sluts and budding TOWIE wannabees.  We await Spring 2012 with bated breath.
‘THE TECHNO-HUMAN CONDITION’ – Braden R. Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz make sense of what it is to be human in an era of incomprehensible technological complexity and change.

FALSE EYELASHES – Simply the easiest pick-me-up way to look glam and add wow factor.  Choose from Eylure, Ardell or more upmarket Shu Uemura, and now Superdrug are launching their own huge selection of lashes from 6th July in all Superdrug stores at a launch price of £3.99 until 2nd August 2011.  Bargain.

ALMUNIA ‘NEW MOON’ – Cinematic, psyched-out, blissful Balearica which will appeal to nu-disco kids and prog rock stalwarts alike.

RADOX BATH SMOOTHIES (£2.99) – You can’t beat a bit of cheap indulgence (but more of E4’s ‘Made in Chelsea later…) and we’re loving this new range of bath smoothies in Tropical Tranquility, Spirit Booster and Soul Soother that all have warnings on the packaging saying ‘Don’t Drink Me’.  If only…

KNOWING YOUR STYLE AND WORKING IT – The recent Royal Wedding taught us, if anything, that style is always in fashion.

SARA BERMAN AND DAN BALDWIN COLLABORATION – Designer Sara Berman and artist, Dan Baldwin collaborate to produce a collection of four silk chiffon scarves and four canvas tote bags.  Merging Sara’s  S/S ’11 collection theme based around a 1970s summer, road trips and a general hippy vibe, Dan added his unique outlook re. psychedelia and surreal prints.  Different designs include cowboys, solar systems, cartoon animals and beautiful colours and swirly shapes across all of the collaborative pieces.  Bags retail at £120 and the scarves at £139, both available at

IVANA IN CANNES – Like Patsy Stone on steroids. A premium mutton moment from the ex-Mrs Trump, and compounded by the appearance of lithe, luscious supermodels at the same event.  Sad. 


Tory MP –   Who needs Ann Widdecombe to put back women’s issues a few centuries when you have newcomers like Nadine Dorries who proffers, “If young girls were taught abstinence, there would be less sex abuse”.  So, young men are completely innocent then?  Complaints to her at
NARCISSISTS – Fauxmosexual Ollie Locke* (*the only person who appears not confused by his sexual identity) from ‘Made In Chelsea’ (E4) gives male makeup tips whilst his Essex counterpart, Mark Wright, flogs tacky crystal “penazzle” tattoos. 
Team Chutzpah would run a mile from any man caked in slap and cock jewels.  Women deserve better.  MTFU.

RUBBISH GAYS – We love the boyz (of course! *Katie’s rolling her eyes as I type*) but the high-profile, ramped up pansies on television, such as Louie Spence or Harry Derbidge, feel like a throwback to Seventies game show stereotypes.  Let’s have more diversity!

SATOSHI KANAZAWA – Using bad science and spurious research, evolutionary psychologist Kanazawa claims that “black women are far less attractive”.  Let’s hope he doesn’t bump into Naomi or Tyra down an alley on a dark night.

PETE DOHERTY & THE KOOPLES – An unfathomable choice of collaborator for this burgeoning French label, which would’ve made more sense a decade ago.  So forward, so not.

‘LOOSE WOMEN’ TOILETRIES – Successful brands are aspirational – and who aspires to be like this herd of overbearingly awful harridans with over fondled hair? Probably appearing at a pound shop near you soon.  Hopefully.


THE CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY “IS SHE? ISN’T SHE?” PREGNANCY DEBATE – Who cares?  It’s their business, and those watching her every step and outfit choice should, frankly, get a life.  

PIPPA MIDDLETON – Now, we’re sure that Ms. Middleton is adorable (and we love a girl who’s always up for a party) but the prurient media obsession with her bottom really has to stop. Being the sister of someone famous (albeit that famous) doesn’t justify the endless ‘Get the Look Pippa Middleton’ PR emails.

Barometer compiled by Katie Chutzpah & Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah)

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Cherie City May 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Haha, ‘cock jewels’!! I almost choked on my tea.

I wonder if Pete’s collection for The Kooples will feature any black and white arrow stripes and ball & chain accessories, seeing as he’ll be designing from the slammer.


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