Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on May 15, 2011

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


‘Fight For Your Right Revisited’ – Revisit your angry teenage years with this hilarious, star-studded short film to accompany the long-awaited new Beastie Boys album.

Cannes fashion – Is it us, or are these dresses the ones that should’ve been worn for the Oscars?  No amount of cleavage, sequin, and feather is ‘de trop’ pour La Croisette. (Pic appears courtesy of

‘Tommy Nutter : Rebel on the Row’ at the Fashion and Textile Museum – Featuring displays by Simon Doonan, this retrospective of the man who shook up men’s tailoring runs from May 20th – October 22nd.

Karen Elson for Nine West – The singing supermodel adds shoe designer to her list of talents.  Inspired by the Thirties dust bowl and burlesque dancers, the limited edition collection hits stores in October.

Lipcote – It’s back…the original lipstick sealer devised in the ’50’s.  Well, it never really went away but we did forget about its brilliance.  The familiar stingy tingle on lips as it seals your lips, protecting and perfecting lip colour from fading and smudging.  A must for every make-up bags for only £3.45.  Pucker up girls. 

Princess Beatrice’s hat – The gift that keeps on giving.  The hat that had everybody talking is to be auctioned for charity.

Top Shop’s continued triumph re make-up – The new Gel Liner in Ink (£8) and the matching Gel Liner brush ( £4) are wonder product to take eyes from Festival to Fall trends. And, the new range of creamy texture lipsticks in pale hues give a added ’60’s vibe to a ultra modern look.

F/Homme – A new men’s glossy from the publishers of Fiasco?  YES PLEASE!

Milk and Sugar vs. Vaya Con Dios ‘Hey (Nah Neh Nah)’ – Coming on like the best Eurovision entry never made, this ultra-infectious party starter is available now.

Littlewoods A/W ’11 collection – I know!  This was a shocker.   The collection was obviously greatly edited and awesomely styled but what impressed, was the pieces themselves.  A collection to rival Zara the Great.  Take off those ‘fashion snob specs’ and give this brand a re-look.


Eurovision’s (or should we say Asiavision’s) Azerbaijani winning entry – Instantly forgettable and not a patch on Italy, Serbia, Romania or Ireland’s entries.  Still, it has oodles of oil and isn’t debt laden like us poor actual Europeans.  Expect a plusher than plush event come 2012.

Modern Florals – Far too Mother-of-the Bride for any woman either over 20 and/or a size 14. Scale the pattern down for a more flattering look.

Cheryl’s colour blocking disaster  – The karmic backlash of’ La Cole’ ditching British designers. Less said about the Peggy Bundy hair the better.

The Donald Trump haircare routine – There is one, apparently.  We’ll be sticking with Frederic Fekkai’s Colour Care range, thank you very much.  Katie swears by the Rapid Results Moisture Mask with anti-fade colour complex.   £33 from Space NK

Divas – Nobody told the obstreperous wannabee bitches on ‘The Apprentice’ (and that’s just the boys) that it’s nice to be nice. 

Esquire’s Best Dressed ‘Real Man’ competition – “Real”???  We’ll give you a clue – we seriously doubt that any of the dandies rocking up to your regional events chop their own firewood.

‘Licious’ for Curvy Women – This collection would challenge recapturing the term ‘slutwalk’.  Stretchy spandex whores’ uniforms via Stringfellows in the ’80’s, courtesy of Ice T’s wife, Coco.  


Cher Lloyd – Another day, another ridiculous hairstyle or lamentable tattoo to keep her in the public eye.  Oi, X Factor!  This is the havoc you cause upon us.  

The Tracey Emin exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Maison – Vuitton opens its doors to Britain’s most overexposed, overrated artist.  Expect more scrawls akin to The Independent’s Royal Wedding front page.

This week’s Barometer compiled by Katie Chutzpah and Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) What do you think of this week’s loves and hates?  Please leave your comment in the box below.

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