Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on October 12, 2012

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

Lily McMenamy – Yes, ubermodel Kristen McMenamy’s beautiful 18 year-old daughter made her debut at Paris Fashion Week exclusively for Yves Saint Laurent. How old does this make us feel?

La Prairie’s Skin Caviar & Skin Caviar Liquid Lift– We’ll be indulging in the skincare name that makes women swoon, La Prairie, this Autumn to stave off a long, cold winter. We love (and who doesn’t) the original Skin Caviar (£126) launched unbelievably in 1987 and now followed up by the Skin Caviar Liquid Lift (£304), an intensive lifting & skin recovery serum. Available at John Lewis and Selfridges.

The Converse Missoni Archive Project – US footwear brand Converse reinvents its Pro Leather Mid and Auckland Racer designs in twenty fabrics from the Missoni archive in this collaboration with Parisian store Colette and artist Gary Card. The super-spendy one-of-a-kind sneakers also feature in an accompanying hand-numbered hardback book bound in the same terracotta canvas that lines the collection.

Dries Van Noten – Just when you thought we were all plaid out Dries Van Noten shows another on-point beautiful collection in Paris, this time merging clashing tartans with florals in an elegant, ultra-wearable take on grunge fashion. There’s a reason why Ms Chutzpah’s been hunting down vintage Japanese kimonos.

The Joseph online store – The late Joseph Ettedgui is credited as the man who “created modern fashion retail” so it’s a bit of a shock that his namesake label has been so late to the Ecommerce table. Launches 18th October.

Mawi and Mark Fast – Debuted during Fast’s ghetto fabulous Spring/Summer 2013 catwalk show (left), this partnership between the designer and one of Katie’s fave contemporary jewellery brands is a fun, affordable way to tap into that oh-so current mood of Nineties excess. Boxy gold and silver chains and chunky harnesses emit a fierce attitude.

‘Vamps’ – We don’t trust anyone who doesn’t love ‘Clueless’, and we can’t wait for this story of two ditzy mall-rat vampires in modern day New York from director Amy Heckerling with Alicia Silverstone and ‘Cousin Matthew’ Dan Stevens.

Pop Phones – The fashion world has lapped up Native Union’s retro handsets, available in a wide range of colours and finishes, designed to plug into your mobile, laptop, or tablet. Team Chutzpah’s been working an on-trend camo version since London Fashion Week.

Mary Katrantzou and Current/Elliott – London’s Queen of Digital Prints teams up with LA denim brand Current/Elliott. We’re guessing digi print loud and lovely jeans. Our appetites are officially wetted. Take a peep opposite.

London College of Fashion’s COLLEGE SHOP – The London College of Fashion’s sometime store pops up again, this time on the ground floor of Kingly Court from 18th October. The store showcases designs by recent and established LCF graduates and will run for 2 weeks stocking unique and one-off creations by its legion of mult-talented alumni, including Ada Zandition, Joseph Turvey, Domingo Rodriguez and Para Manko.

Ojon’s Colour Sustain – Ooh, hair care favourite brand Ojon is launching a delicious smelling, oil enriched product to it’s Color Sustain Range. Color Sustain Pro Fade Fighter (£25) is billed as a ‘weekly in-shower treatment’ that helps nourishes coloured hair and seals in gloss and colour. Sign me up.

Creepy fashion spreads – Marie Claire’s dolls, and hints of date rape in Vogue Italia. Ick.

Lady Gaga and Alaia – Fashion glutton Gaga’s left a trail of discarded brands in her all-consuming wake, and is now all over the industry’s favourite son Azzedine Alaia like a meat dress. We don’t care what she does with e.g. Versace but some things should just be left alone.

“Smartphone Face” – According to a recent press release, laptop and phone usage leads to a loss of elasticity in facial skin and muscles (yeah, whatever). But with millions of us glued to our mobiles, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the current trend for constant communication?

Baptiste Giabiconi – Karl Lagerfeld’s boytoy releases his debut artist album, but it’s a definite “NO” from us, based on his breathy delivery and trite lyrics. Big with Eurotrash trophy wives who still think they have “it”.

Hedi versus Raf – The imaginary beef between the new boys at Dior and YSL dreamt up by fashion journos is getting awfully old, awfully quickly, as is the notion that they’ll turn Paris on its head overnight. Enough already.

The Comme Des Garcons Beatles collection – Forget the recent fixations with prints and embellishment, sometimes there is such a thing as TOO busy, especially when applied to menswear.

Balmain – Oliver Rousteing should’ve hit his stride by now, which is why his Spring/Summer 2013 collection for Balmain is so perplexing, like all the ugliest parts of the Eighties put through a cement mixer, making you realise what a genius a designer like Louise Gray actually is.

Michael Jackson’s wardrobe – The ghoulish industry surrounding the dead singer trundles on with a selection of his stage costumes (presumably already swabbed for DNA) touring out-of-town shopping centres as a spectacularly low-tidemark tribute to one of the greatest musical artists of all-time.

Avicii for Ralph Lauren – Preppy brand Ralph Lauren curiously leap on the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) explosion in the States and sign up one of the straight, white Europeans currently sucking the funk, soul and sex out of a scene which originated in predominately black gay clubs. Fellow deck-botherer David Guetta obviously set a precedent with his stint modelling for L’Oreal, but we could do without DJ Avicii’s unsettling eyes staring out at us from every bus stop.

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah

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