Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on July 23, 2011

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


Josh Goot for ASOS – Australian-born Goot’s affordable capsule collection for ASOS (pictured right) is the perfect bridge from this season to next.

The end of THOSE Marks & Spencer campaigns – Despised throughout the industry, we will thankfully be spared any more of these smug adverts featuring Twiggy et al prancing around a fountain to a Seventies rock soundtrack like an even more demented Ruby Flipper. Now, if only somebody could have a word with…..

V Magazine’s ‘Heroes’ issue – Featuring an Elizabeth Taylor-themed story shot by Carine Roitfeld and Mario Testino.  Get a behind-the-scenes preview HERE.

John Lewis sunglasses – John Lewis taps up a host of London-based designers, including Chutzpah fave Todd Lynn, Tattydevine, and Eley Kishimoto, for a limited edition selection of reasonable-priced sunnies.  An investment purchase should we actually get any sun.

Nicholas Kirkwood Resort 2012 – Snakeskin, neon lace, and vertiginous nude heels. Ms. Chutzpah may kill for them.  JUST LOVELY.

The Hilary Alexander memoir – In the works, apparently.  We’ll keep you posted.

The LFW Schedule – TOM FORD (HUGE SCREAM!).  No Betty Jackson (BOOOO!).  London Fashion Week is shaping up to be the most thrilling yet.  Just please allocate us the tickets sans hassle!

Darphin’s Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood – A secret find if ever there was one for all skin types but especially great for sensitive skin.  This thick, sticky balm is massaged onto dry skin and then rinsed off, removing every trace of make-up and leaving the smoothest feeling, pristine clean skin.  (£49.50 from Fenwick Bond St and Brent Cross) 

The Bottega Veneta fragrance – Launching in September, creative director Tomas Maier has teamed up with fashion iconoclast Bruce Weber for an advertisement starring Nine D’Urso, the daughter of French model and perfumer Ines De La Fressange.  If this romantic, heady floral ticked any more of our boxes we’d marry it but we’ll settle for an ahead of release sample for Ms Chutzpah to do one of her famous fragrance reviews.  Watch Weber’s advert HERE.

Revlon’s Scented NailsGet carried away by the scents of summer this season with Revlon’s new Scents of Summer Nail Enamel collection, a colour collection of nail enamels infused with summertime scents.  Love shades like Coconut Crush and the gorgeous iridescent Ocean Breeze which dry down to reveal a faint fragrance.  (£6.49) – Cleverly launching at the beginning of August, as the nation’s women curse the skies and wrap up, this convenient e-commerce site promises to be every hosiery fetishist’s dream.

Amy Winehouse’s untimely death – One of the greats of our time for sure.  Poor Poor Amy.  We love you and miss you.  R.I P.

The end of the “big name” designer – As vaunted by Bernard Arnault, mostly to camouflage LVMH’s tardiness in naming John Galliano’s successor at Dior, and the bizarre decision to replace Antonio Marras at Kenzo with the team behind cult fashion store Opening Ceremony. Give you a clue, those designers are big names for a reason.

Daisy Lowe posing for Playboy – AKA ‘Don’t Put Your Daughter In A Porn Mag Mrs Lowe’. We love Daisy but this decision stretches her credibility to snapping point.

Joey Essex – Not content with cluttering up Selfridge’s with tacky Reem-branded product, the tightest jeans on television also has a dance single on the way. Wake us up when he comes out.

The End of the Season – We’ve gone from champagne knees-ups to sickly pink, watered down drinks and house white wine in the flash of few weeks.  

Dentists – So get those Coca-Cola cupcakes and constant sickly pink drinks out of my sight.

Zara’s feathered skirts – The tarty, impractical high street solution to the fur minis seen on the catwalks, such as at Holly Fulton.  Although, if you want to look like a duster, be our guest.

Halston – EVERYBODY OUT.  Our advice to the owners – sell the name to Tom Ford.  He’ll know what to do with it.

Victoria Beckham’s £9000 white crocodile skin handbag – To quote AA Gill, “In a stupid competition it would be disqualified for taking the piss”.

Fattening beauty products – New research claims that hidden endocrine disruptors in beauty products could be affecting our weight.  This is not an excuse to eat even less.

The return of Pixie Lott – No, we don’t have any idea why either.

Olly ‘Made In Chelsea’ Locke’s heterosexuality – We can’t help but wonder what attracted the formerly bisexual Olly to minted, globe-trotting, retail heiress Chloe Green. Oh!

Stella McCartney’s designs for the Great Britain Olympics team – Clueless fashion journos (the same ones who lauded Sarah Burton’s royal wedding dress as “a great day for British fashion”) may be ecstatic about this announcement, when the reality is that McCartney’s signature label, and the team’s sponsor Adidas, are about as British as the Olympics themselves.  We can’t help but think that this could have been a brilliant platform for emerging British talent and a wasted opportunity for our fashion industry?

This week’s Barometer was jointly compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah.  Please let us know what you think of this week’s likes/dislikes.
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