Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on June 22, 2012

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


Teatum Jones – Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones (London’s most magnificently talented and underrated design duo) design a limited edition printed silk scarf inspired by luxury London hotel The Dorchester for their emerging London label, available exclusively from Liberty and online from 18th September.

JW Anderson and Topshop – Fresh from astounding London Collections: Men, with his provocative Spring/Summer 2013 offering, the Irish designer buddies up with Topshop for a “best of” capsule collection, plus a selection of other products including photography books, memory sticks, and pencils.

Prada and Vahram Muratyan – The Italian label and Armenian-born graphic artist Muratyan continue their collaboration with a range of T-shirts available from Prada stores worldwide from mid-July.

Mawi – Another brand celebrating a birthday is fashion’s favourite jewellery company Mawi, who have launched a retrospective collection comprising their most iconic and innovative designs from the past decade. We love.

2 Broke Girls (Channel 4) – Half an hour weekly of great one liners from one of the original team (Michael Patrick King) behind ‘Sex and the City’. 

Casio G-Shock – Team up with Fashion East and designers Sibling and Maarten van der Horst for a radical overhaul of the G-Shock watch, which is 30 years old this year. Watches are priced at £250 and available from G-Shock East Store, 91 Brick Lane, London E1.

SALT Resortwear, Walton St, SW3 This chic little boutique could solve all a girl’s holiday problems with enough taste and class for the whole of St Barts. Designers including Pistol Panties, Roksanda Ilincic and Saloni are showcased. For the lady who not also lunches (light) but holidays elegantly. 

Dr Jart+ – At long last, this cult beauty balm is here and in Boots and a real snip at £18-£24. Developed in Korea, Dr Jart+ BB Cream range pioneers customisable BB cream technology, acting as a moisturiser, serum, primer and perfector all in one. There are four BB creams in the range – Water Fuse, Premium, Platinum and Regenerating (all containing SPF). I’ve plumped for the last one and can confirm a) a little goes a long way and b) this one stop cream can be worn instead of foundation and gives even coverage. A little miracle right here in the UK. Go seek.

Chloé. Attitudes – An exhibition celebrating the Parisian label’s sixtieth anniversary, featuring the work of Martine Sitbon, Karl Lagerfeld, Phoebe Philo, Stella McCartney, and current creative director Clare Waight Keller. Sixteen archive pieces will also be reissued, including McCartney’s pineapple print T-shirt and the violin dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Chloé. Attitudes runs from 29th September to 18th November at the newly-renovated Galleries of Le Palais de Tokyo.

L’Occitane’s 3 New Colognes – Eau Universelle, Eau Ravissante and Eau Captivante are all inspired by the Provence region. L’Occitane’s light and splashy new cologne range hits the mark for much needed refreshment on warm Summer days (if we ever get there, eh people?). The big heavy bottles (300ml) are art deco inspired and designed beautifully, looking spendier than they are (£37). Handbag 50ml sprays are also available (£21).

The new McDonald’s uniforms – We think it’s great that Wayne Hemingway can still get work (while he’s still touting out V.A.G), but McDonald’s need to concentrate on reviving the McRib and making sausage and egg McMuffins and bacon rolls available 24:7. Priorities people, please.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ merchandise – Licensing deals mean that EL James’ mum porn phenomenon is coming to a beauty hall near you soon. Noooo!

The Chief Rabbi – Rather foolishly speaking out against gay marriage, which is ironic considering Judaism is one of the camper religions. Who doesn’t love an OTT Jewish Mother? OY VEY!

H&M and Maison Martin Margiela – Sorry, but we’re still not on board with this hook-up between high street chain H&M and the highbrow Diesel-owned brand, famous for its structured silhouette and subtle deconstructionism. We thought H&M did raw seams as par of the course anyway…non?

Michael Kors – The US label now sells 3” wedges for 6 year-old girls – because it’s never too young to train a child to slaver over spendy heels .

Gourmet popcorn – In all its revolting variations. Yet, starved running between fashion shows, we’ll still open a bag and gorge.

Manifesto and Encounter – Or the new fragrances from YSL and Calvin Klein. What do these names say to you? Not a lot? Let’s hope the actual scents aren’t as woefully nondescript.

Gucci’s equestrian collection – Because it’s never too young to train a pony-loving child to slaver over world-famous female showjumper Edwina Alexander’s riding wardrobe.

Fish versus the Scottish Fashion Awards – Marillion singer Fish (ask your mum) chucked a tanty when his little princess lost out to Tali Lennox at the Scottish Fashion Awards. Aw diddums.

Saint Laurent Paris – Thankfully that iconic logo is to remain, but fashion commentators are still wondering the point to this risky rebranding exercise at Hedi’s house? Wethinks ego and arrogance over consumer sensibilities. Tsk and Tsk again.

Jimmy Carr’s tax arrangements – Or, rather, the hypocrisy surrounding this revelation from the Times and the subsequent comments by the Prime Minister, whose family has made a considerable pile off the back of tax havens (allegedly). If avoiding tax, as Tory part cronies Sir Phillip Green of Arcadia Group, Vodafone and, um, current National Hero Gary Barlow have done, is “morally wrong” then maybe the cabinet would like to individually explain their financial arrangements? Until then, that moral highground continues to sink deeper and deeper.

Jeremy Scott shackle hi-tops – American designer Scott, who has dressed a multitude of female US popstars, has never been known for his refinement and restraint, but are his Jeremy Scott x Adidas Roundhouse Mid trainers, with attached ankle cuffs, really racist? Gimmicky and tasteless maybe.

Weekly Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah. Please feel free to leave your comments below. Thank you.

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Cherie City June 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Not excited one bit about the H&M x Margiela collaboration. The quality and subtle design is what people love about Margiela. It just can’t be replicated en masse for the high street.

Totally agree regarding Saint Laurent Paris. It’s a shame that some talented designers won’t go out and create their own legacies. I can’t help thinking of Lindsay Lohan almost bringing down Ungaro!


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