Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on June 26, 2011

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

Bally – Celebrating 160 years in the business with a capsule range of ballet flats and tote bags, and a traffic-stopping Fall campaign starring Karlie Kloss.  The Bally-Rina collection is available now with prices starting at £175.

Versace – After a few lean years Versace is back, BACK, BACK!!! with a bang with this week’s menswear collection and a collaboration with H and M.

Frederic Fekkai’s Summer Hair collection – Girls, if you’re going to do better than the ordinary hair care PLUS summer heat, opt for these babies.  Using AquaTherapy technology, Fekkai’s detox shampoo, leave-in conditioner and beach waves spray (£20 each) de-frizzes while defending against humidity.  Available at SpaceNK.  Summer?  Bring it on!

Princess Eugenie – After sinking to sartorial rock bottom, Eugenie has turned it around 180 degrees after wowing at Ascot and Elton’s White Tie and Tiara Ball.

Janie Bryant for Banana Republic – Are you a Joan or a Betty?  The costume designer  has teamed with Banana Republic’s Creative Director, Simon Kneen, to launch a ‘Mad Men’ inspired, retro-fabulous, 65-piece collection for both women and men in August.  Vintage fans, this is your quick fix office wear.

Etam – Children of the 1970s and 1980s rejoice! After disappearing from our high streets, Etam returns with the newly-single Natalia Vodianova in tow.

‘Bridesmaids’ vs ‘Bad Teacher’ – ‘Bridesmaids’ is written by and starring Kristen Wiig and this raucous remix of the chick flick genre provides some sly knowing digs and laugh-out-loud moments alike versus “Shut the Front Door” and other bound-to-be- re-used phrases from Cameron Diaz’s new chic flick, ‘Bad Teacher’.  Tough Call.

Paul and Joe’s Moisturising Foundation Primer (SPF12) – Not only works like a moisturising treatment, this beauty looks gorgeous, but smooths out fine lines and pores pre foundation application.  Available in three light shades, this is one for the vintage girlies.  Priced £20 and available from Paul and Joe dept store stockists (such as Fenwicks).

Lily Cole – Congratulations to Lily, who has earned a double first honours degree at Cambridge.  Model with brains.  Approved.

E4’s ‘Made in Chelsea’ Series Two  – *Delighted, ‘I know’ face*  

Glastonbury – Or, the seventh circle of Hell for people like us who can’t live without 8 hours sleep, showers, a hairdryer, and heels.

J+ for Uniqlo – (Pictured right).  The end of an era as Autumn/Winter promises to be the final collection by Jil Sander for Uniqlo.

Wimbledon “fashion” – With Venus Williams’ outfits reaching new levels of impropriety, we want to know when tennis became all about who you wear, not how you play?

VisitBritain’s ‘You’re Invited’ campaign – Hideously misjudged tourism campaign from Thatcher favourite Saatchi & Partners to dispel our country’s “starchy” image.  Starring famous-for-5-minutes-in-1966 Twiggy, flabby-tongued dinner lady-botherer, Jamie Oliver, a slumming Dame Judi Dench, and token minorities, Dev Patel and Rupert Everett, we wonder why they bothered?

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