Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on August 5, 2011

A light hearted look back over the past week’s good, bad and indifferent including the “don’t even go there’s”.
THE END OF THE SALES – Worth a rummage, there’s still some great bargains out there.

LIZA IN LOVE MAGAZINE – THIS, vacant starlets and wan-faced “fashion icons”, is STAR QUALITY.  Read.  Weep.

JONATHAN SAUNDERS FOR SMYTHSON – Saunders’ gorgeous colour-blocked leather journals with velvet trim are an essential addition to the Lady Who Lunches’ handbag this Autumn.

ALIAS BY THEO FENNELL – New pieces from the self-proclaimed “King of Bling” include colour-pop enamel and silver rings, cute bee earrings, and subtle laurel wreath designs. 

VOGUE: THE COVERS’ BY DODIE KAZANJIAN – An exhaustive trawl through the style bible’s iconic covers spanning from the magazine’s inception in 1892 to the present day.  Featuring work from a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of fashion, and a foreword from Hamish Bowles, expect to see this tome gracing fashionable coffee tables everywhere from October.

PALOMA FAITH FOR LA SENZA- Known for her quirky style, and with a background in Burlesque, who better to design a collection of vintage-inspired lingerie and nightwear for high street underwear brand La Senza. Launching at the beginning of October, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Care.

J. CREW – Denim brand du jour J. Crew go from strength to strength as they prepare for their first catwalk presentation at New York Fashion Week, and the launch of their UK e-commerce site.  *Maureen Lipman “All the colours in all the sizes” face*

KATIE CHUTZPAH BLOG- We don’t blow our own trumpet that often but we were proud to hear that featured labels Baartmans & Siegel and Matthew Miller have been chosen for the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Ones To Watch and Topman MAN showcases.  Congratulations guys! 

FUTURE CLASSICS TWEED JACKET  The right side of slouch and style.  This is how to do ‘country’ in town.  Available from

‘DAPHNE GUINNESS’ AT NEW YORK’S FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM – Hot on the heels of the Alexander McQueen ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibit, Daphne takes New York yet again with a selection of favourite pieces from her extensive haute couture collection.  Running from 16th September to 7th January 2012.  Ms Chutzpah’s frothing at the mouth at the prospect of Ms Guinness’ wardrobe. 

HANDPICKED MEDIA’S NEW LOOK – The best agent for the best blogs.  Check out their new look.  Click on the link to view. 

KATE BOSWORTH’S DIP-DYED HAIR – Kate Bosworth used to be an actress but seems to be more well known for hanging off Karl Lagerfeld and, now, for biting a (hair)style last seen on outspoken bisexual model Rachel Williams when she presented Channel 4’s ‘The Girlie Show’ in 1996.

“WRAPS” – Fleeting beauty fad cruelly parodied in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ rears its ugly head again. Yet more proof that the Nineties are back, BACK, BACK!!!

FOREVER 21 – Primarni with an American accent…not all it’s cracked up to be.  Quelle disappointment regardless of the opening queues round the block.  Still, great launch party, though.

‘SWAGGER JAGGER’ – Dear Ms. Lloyd, The following has come to our attention; 1. You sing a song about stealing someone’s style despite coming across as a Smartprice Cheryl Cole. 2. Your stylist obviously despises you. 3. Daphne & Celeste did that cartoon shouting “thing” a hell of a lot better. 4. You should actually be singing “Swagger JACKER”.  We hope this helps. Lots of love, Team Chutzpah, xxx

PETER PAN COLLARS – aka The Revenge of the Sloanes.  Looks ridiculous on any person over the age of 6, female OR male.  (Take heed Miss Chung).

RACHEL ZOE – Fast becoming a parody of the hit YouTube parody in which her waters broke and smelt of Chardonnay whilst her make-up artist tried to smoke out her eye.  A Vuitton diaper bag is one thing, forcing your questionable taste on other, more gullible parents is quite another.  Hopefully the first nail in the designer childrenswear coffin.

HERBAL TAN NASAL SPRAYS – Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to think that such things are effective or healthy?

THE MULBERRY CARTER – We’re constantly told that the ‘It-Bag’ is dead yet *this* is apparently the season’s favoured arm candy with the fashion sheep.  Baaaaaad.

THYLANE BLONDEAU’S PARENTS – For allowing their child to be dolled up like some child porn actress.

JAMEELA JAMIL – Honey, if you DJ or attend an event in exchange for a freebie, give you a cleu, you’re actually supposed to pose for pics and not stand there chewing on a wasp and furrowing your (heavy) brows despite your lovely looks.  Sour faced sow.  PRs take note.


DAVID BECKHAM’S UNDERWEAR – Whilst the prices of his wife’s “designs” become serious stratospheric, poor old David seems content to flog his scants through branches of H&M.  It’s still not a good enough reason to venture into that man-made fibre Hellhole.

ALEX AND ALEXA – We don’t know how we’ll cope.  Samaritans are on speed-dial.  God has truly forsaken us!  At least we’ll still have the pictures of a knock-kneed Alexa posing awkwardly in another of her freebie little girl’s dresses (see above) at some event to look forward to. Until then, we’ll just have to remember the good times….

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

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