Chutzpah’s Bank Holiday Barometer

by Katie on August 27, 2011

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


TOM FORD’S NEW SANTAL BLUSH – Another delectably different fragrance from the suavest man in fashion. Santal Blush’s subtle yet earthy nude spiciness is wrapped up in a fold of rich silky Sandalwood , Benzoin , Agarbois and skin musks – a modern classic if ever there was one.  Available from Tom Ford Beauty Private Blend counters at Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols (London) and Brown Thomas (Dublin) from 3rd September 2011.

MISS PIGGY – The guaranteed show stealer and evergreen (or, rather, pink) fashion icon returns to New York to celebrate Vogue’s Fashion Night Out with Opening Ceremony.

HARPER’S BAZAAR GREATEST HITS – Simply gorgeous coffee table tome detailing Glenda Bailey’s ten years at the helm of America’s longest-running fashion magazine and the iconic images which defined the decade.  Published 1st September by Harry N. Abrams.

BARBOUR GOLD LABEL BY TEMPERLEY – What Alice did next – a collection of heavy knits and outerwear for the quintessentially British heritage brand. Sprouse scarf and Chelsea tractor optional. Yet another reason why Katie adores her. The Barbour Gold Label by Temperley collection will be available from selected Barbour and Temperley stores and premium wholesale stores worldwide.

BIVOLINO – Time was when a decent bespoke shirt meant a jaunt down Jerymn Street and a rummage through fusty outfitters. Bivolino offer an easy online platform with a choice of literally thousands of fabrics and styles.  See also Cad & The Dandy for a similar bespoke suit service.

– Another perennial icon, Miss Grace Jones, releases an expanded version of her 2008 album ‘Hurricane’ featuring a second disc of ten dub reggae remixes. The perfect soundtrack for that Indian Summer that we’re all praying for.

LONDON ROOMS MEN AND THECORNER.COM – Hook up with’s Tim Blanks to launch an e-commerce site for London’s emerging menswear designers, such as Christopher Shannon, Christopher Raeburn, James Long, and J.W. Anderson.

CHINTI & PARKER’S STAR PRINT SWEATER  Made exclusively for Net-a-Porter, this 100% cashmere sweater has us starry eyed. Super-soft with a relaxed fit, it’s print is supernova on-trend.  £350 from Net-a-Porter from October.

LUISA SPAGNOLI – The Duchess of Cambridge is said to be a fan of this upscale Italian brand, which is now launching a Knightsbridge flagship store, so expect it to be more ubiquitous than a nude heel by this time next year.

SMASH’ – New US comedy drama starring the divine Angelica Houston, Debra Messing from ‘Will & Grace’, and ‘This Life’s Jack Davenport, centring around a songwriting team hoping to create a smash-hit Broadway musical. “Gleeks” and The Gays are no doubt wetting themselves in anticipation.  (Click on ‘Smash’ for a YouTube preview).


DAZED & CONFUSED 20TH ANNIVERSARY – Has it really been around that long? This announcement makes us feel more old than the actual magazine does.

“FOREVER PIECES” – With a revival seemingly happening every five minutes, and our love of the now and the new, this fash mag buzz-term gives us, and our overstuffed wardrobes, quite frankly, “The Fear”. 

PYNKISS – A high-end Hello Kitty line. Isn’t the Japanese economy already at crisis point. Which reminds us, whatever happened to Hysteric Glamour?

THE INEVITABLE GAGA FASHION LINE – Yes, her AGAIN.  Brand whore Lady Gaga is reportedly considering her own clothing line with younger, “edgier” sister Natali.  There are enough dubious ranges and horrible clothes out there already, thank you very much.

MUGGS – Or Uggs for men.  As high street chain Peacocks launches a male version of the Fugg (fake Uggs) we ask – just what do we call them?  We doubt these would even be looted.  Burning on sight would be the preferable option.

THE SIXTIES – A recognisable style which the high street have torn the arse out of this season, thus rendering it unwearable to anyone remotely connected with fashion.

“COCKTAIL JEANS” – Again, the mags’ insistence on coining a new phrase to describe something as paleolithically old-hat as dressed-up denim leaves us overwhelmed with ennui.

THE ENDLESS DIOR SPECULATION – Time is running out before the House of Dior’s 65th celebration of the New Look next year.  Read Katie’s analysis of the current rumours HERE

FLORENCE & THE MACHINE – Fierce on the front of Vogue Japan but we’re just not feeling the new single, which sounds like a mash-up of the entire last album and far too Oirish/Cranberries jumpy up and downy at Glastonbury for us. Sorry.


WILL & JADA – This week’s tabloid frenzy, it’s the children we feel sorry for. Well, maybe not the annoyingly precocious son whose smug grin on the red carpet defies any kind of sympathy, but we love Willow *whips hair back and forth*

KATE MOSS FOR PIRELLI – Kate we love you dearly but puhlease… PUT IT AWAY LOVE!

This week’s Barometer was compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@Teamchutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah.   Please let us know what you think of this week’s likes/dislikes by leaving us a comment in the box below.

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