Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on October 28, 2012

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

Justin Timberlake marries Jessica Biel – Some of the most stylish nuptials ever, with the bride and female guests wearing Giambatista Valli Couture, whilst the groom sported a tuxedo he designed with Tom Ford.

Roland Mouret for Liberty – One of our favourite French men has created an exclusive capsule collection of four exquisite limited edition dresses for one of our favourite stores, launching soon in an in-store area curated by the designer himself.

‘My Land’ by Trussardi – The first men’s fragrance developed under the watchful eye of creative director Umit Benan is officially a Big Deal, thanks to a film from legendary auteur Wim Wenders. We can’t wait to try out the actual juice.

L’Agent – Hollywood A-list actress Penelope Cruz, and her designer sister Monica, collaborate with upscale lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur with white-hot results. NOt available from L’Agent Provocateur stores (strangely enough) and only available through top dept. stores.

Agi & Sam womenswear – Available exclusively through Harvey Nichols, the design duo’s womenswear debut looks set to win as many fans as their menswear has.

Ossie Clark London – The name of one of the most influential British designers of all time is revived for a new label, stocked at concessions in department chain Debenhams – who also unveiled their stunning collaboration with Marios Schwab this week. Let’s hope Ossie Clark London doesn’t go down the same route as re-released Biba name. (Noteworthy fact, Ms Chutzpah appears fleetingly in The Ossie Clark Diaries)

The Alexander McQueen menswear store – Now at 9 Savile Row, the new menswear store from Alexander McQueen represents a homecoming for the label, whilst the interior references recognisable McQueen signatures, such as carved skulls and birds’ wings.

Brora and Michael Van Der Ham – The luxury cashmere brand teams up with London-based designer Van Der Ham for a colourful collection of cosy separates featuring his trademark patchwork motif. The collection hits stores on 30th Oct.

Conflict of Interest – We love these cheeky homages to our favourite design houses by New York-based T-shirt label Conflict of Interest.

Joanna Lumley – The iconic star of ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ is to auction off old costumes in aid of The Prince’s Trust, including outfits from ‘The New Avengers’ and ‘The Trail of the Pink Panther’, plus the Betty Jackson suit she wore to the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

Butter, London’s Christmas Gift Packs – The ‘Holiday Lips & Tips’ (£21) comes in a bright sticky scarlet red that pops while the Holiday Glitter Trio Kit (£30) is a great girlie gift for anyone loving brights. Available from Harvey Nichols and

“Pop-up” – Surely the most abused buzz-phrase this year after “heritage”, a flash sale at Dorothy Perkins is now billed as “a pop-up event” in a desperate attempt by the high street chain to stir up interest.

HMV – Banning visible tattoos on staff to “enhance the customer experience” when they should be stocking music that we actually want to buy instead of bad branded hifi equipment, One Direction posters, and generic Misery of Sound compilations.

‘Skyfall’ saturation – Everywhere. Everyone we know has seen it, yet we’re still hunting for a space in our schedule for a trip to the cinema. You’re damn right we’re jealous.

Richard Mourdock – Only in America would they allow a politician to claim that a child conceived as a result of rape is “God’s will” in a clumsy attempt at justifying their pro-life policies, and actually legitimising sexual assault in the process.

The House of Holland “Boner” T-shirt – Scary for all the wrong reasons. £50 from

The India Knight vs. Liz Jones feud – Eek. The media equivalent of Jimmy and Timmy’s cripple fight on ‘South Park’. There can only be losers in this rather sordid scrap.

‘Sex’ by Madonna – Despite the pics by Steven Meisel, we all laughed at the time but people are actually marking the twentieth anniversary of Madonna’s middlebrow soft porn coffee table tome.

“Rednecksploitation” – White trash, led by overweight child pageant queen Honey Boo Boo Child, are all over the US networks, which obviously haven’t got gypsies or people from Essex to look down their nose at, like we have.

Nicola Formichetti – Now reckons that you can buy style. Remember: This is the man who makes Gaga look uncomfortable in couture and brought cycling shorts back. (Pictured here with co-creative, Sebastien Peigne)

Scissor Sisters – They ripped up the rulebook and opened the door to overly gay-friendly acts with far less ideas (see above), but now Ver Scissors have announced an indefinite hiatus *sadface*

Kate Middleton – Yes. Her again. The UK’s most naturally beautiful woman, allegedly – if you can call someone who spends £30,000 on products and treatments “naturally” beautiful. Even more preposterously, the Duchess of Cambridge saw off competition from the perma-tanned extension-wearing Cheryl Cole, and her own sister, a woman whose backside is more famous than her face and uses it to sell her dull ideas of party fayre.

Margiela for H&M – Three weeks to wait until the next H&M designer collaboration lands in the UK, yet pieces have already started to appear on eBay. Despite a star-studded extravaganza launch party in New York, we still don’t know anyone who thinks Maison Martin Margiela’s hook-up with high st Hennes is a good idea. 

Weekly Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and @Katiechutzpah

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