Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on March 2, 2012

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


Matthew Terry – Or, for the uninitiated, the new Calvin Klein underwear model. Get used to the name; his crotch is going to be all up in your grill for the next few months (WE WISH).
Haider Ackermann for Dior – The rumour mill finally swings full circle. At least this one makes more sense than gossip regarding Christopher Kane for the same role earlier this week. Katie is praying for this combination of her two great loves to happen.
Chanel Las Vegas de Chanel collection – Chanel’s tribute to its newly-announced store, situated slap-bang in Nevada’s gambling oasis, features shimmering, sheer golds and bronzes inspired by the surrounding desert and created by Peter Phillips, Creative Director of Chanel make-up. Love the ads. Currently available in all Chanel boutiques.

Atalanta by Atalanta Weller for Urban Outfitters – Fresh from a stunning collaboration with Maria Grachvogel, the feted footwear designer has produced a collection of five styles for hipster chain Urban Outfitters.
Christian Lacroix Papier (right) – We came across this opulently baroque stationery range, which drips with Parisienne haute couture style, during a regular jaunt to Liberty’s exceptional Fragrance Hall and a saunter into the cards and stationery area. A perfect present for Mothering Sunday. 

Britain Creates 2012 – Some of our best known designer talent buddies up with their art world counterparts for an unparalleled project to create pieces of work reflecting the ethos of the Olympic Games. Unveiled at a VIP gala ceremony in June, these one-off works will then be auctioned in aid of emerging artists and designers.

Anthony Vaccarello – Le Cambre graduate and Karl Lagerfeld’s ex-assistant, Vaccarello is proving himself to be a confident presence on the Paris schedule.

Floris ‘Royal Arms’ Diamond Jubilee – Historic fragrance house Floris launch an updated version of a scent originally released to mark the Queen’s birth in 1926 to celebrate the 60thanniversary of our monarch’s reign. Hand poured into just six antique bottles, the 60ml perfume is a hefty £15, 000. The crystal bottles dating back to the 1900’s are of the few remaining in the Floris collection. . The bottle is dressed simply with a 50 point Fairtrade white diamond, hand set by a London jeweller. Suspended on a delicate gold chain, the 18 carat solid gold decoration is finished with a Hallmarked charm engraved ‘Royal Arms’.  Available from April 2012.
Orla Kiely for Uniqlo – Launching in March, Kiely applies her retro graphic prints to a range of shirts, tops, and accessories for the Japanese fast fashion brand that constantly turns up trumps.
Estee Lauder’s Invisible Fluid Make-Up – Featuring ultra-fine pigments and multi-reflective prisms, this make-up is light to touch and best applied (as ever) with a foundation brush to ensure evenness. On trial, this fluid make-up gives a smooth light coverage that doesn’t sink in. A tri-phase formula, the trick is to shake before use. Available in an array of 16 shades so you’re sure to find a match. At Estee Lauder counters nationwide and in John Lewis stores priced £27.


BELT UP! – Apparently, the easiest way to appear fashion forward this coming season is to cinch everything in with a contrasting belt. How absolutely awful to find out Gok Wan was right all along.  
The Sun on Sunday – Never underestimate the public’s appetite for trash. We all slated this publication as a cynical rebranding of The News of the Screws – yet millions bought the first issue.
Leather trousers – Menswear designers (including Viktor & Rolf) are still trying to make this happen. Pleated and tailored, the current incarnation is less Jim Morrison and more Jim Davidson.
‘Girl Gone Wild’ – We reckon Madonna has one more brilliant record left in her. This single, unfortunately, isn’t it. Nice bra though.
AdeleGate – We can’t believe that people (well, James Corden) are still talking about this, which was the only interesting moment in a fairly stolid Brit Awards ceremony. Is it just us or are most of the British Music Industry a tad loutish? Compare and contrast with The Grammys.
‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ (BBC1) – A parodic script ripe for the French & Saunders treatment + a lezzing-up River Song + clunky performances = sorely shortchanged ‘Call The Midwife’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ fans.
Angelina’s leg – And its associated Twitter account. Funny for the first fifteen seconds or so.
Fashion fails – Models as down-and-outs, Vuitton monogrammed rucksacks, is it time to revive ‘Zoolander’ nemesis Mogatu’s “Derelicte” collection already?
Raf Simons fired – The latest story to reach our in-boxes is that the Jil Sander designer was let go following those persistent Dior rumours. After an elegiac last collection, we hope that the Belgian designer returns to womenswear sooner rather than later. See a review of his final show for Jil Sander HERE.
Lovingly by Bruce Willis – Sorry, but we can’t go without mentioning the ‘Die Hard’ actor’s first foray into female fragrance. The cloying name and sentiment, a declaration of love to his younger pneumatic underwear model wife, is almost unbearable. Personally, we’d rather sniff one of Bruce’s old vests than this mix of citrus, white blossoms, and Sandalwood.

Boots No7 Vital Brights Lipstick – High expectations of these new, allegedly  zingy coloured, on-trend brights were dashed when Ms Chutzpah trialed these. We were hoping for Illamasqua bright and shocking when what we got was a bit watered down and ‘tame’. Yes, they’re still ‘ok’ (*does shaky hand sign*) but nothing compared to the vivid fuchsia and plum of her wildest imagination. Priced at £10 in branches of Boots till 6th March.

Weekly Barometer complied by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah. Please let us know your thoughts on this week’s Barometer.
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