Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on November 18, 2012

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

Danny Boyle – The architect of this Summer’s brilliant Olympics opening ceremony has spoken out against this Government’s stance on regional theatre and performing arts. Good work fella.

Body Shop’s The Sparkler – A brilliant sprizt on highlighter for body or hair. With it’s fine mist of gold or copper, it’s a must-have for party season. Love. A steal as well as a perfect gift at £14.

Bottega Veneta – Not only unveiled its first fine jewellery collection this week, but also announced the launch next year of ‘Eau Legere’, a follow-up to the Italian fashion house’s critically-lauded first fragrance.

Versace and M.I.A. – Forget Gaga’s stage costumes and Lana Del Rey, it’s Donatella’s hook-up with controversial artist M.I.A. that we’re more excited by.

Estee Lauder’s ‘Beautiful Liar’ nail lacquer (£14.50) – Party season means bold red and big splashes of it – on lips, nails or accessories. 

‘A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance’ – Envelope-pushing exhibition at the Tate Modern charting the relationship between performance and painting since 1950. Runs until 1st April 2013.

Liberty menswear – Luxury department store Liberty is backing Britain for Spring/Summer 2013, with menswear offerings from Chris Shannon, Jonathan Saunders, and bright young things Agi & Sam, who’ll be collaborating on an exclusive range of T-shirts.

‘Dressed to Kill: Virginia’s Jazz Age Fashion’ – Vintage maven Virginia Bates’ latest tome is spectacularly well-timed, as interest in all things Twenties reaches fever pitch thanks to Baz Luhrmann’s remake of ‘The Great Gatsby’. Rizzoli International Publications £45

Margherita Missoni – Opens up her wardrobe to online fashion site Proceeds from the sale of these vintage pieces, culled from the Missoni archive and flea markets, will be donated to OrphanAid Africa. In an interview this week, Missoni also announced a more affordable line will be launched next year.

Pippa’s EPIC book FAIL – Pippa Middleton’s ‘Celebrate’ book of mindless party suggestions is reported to have sold just over 2000 copies. We expect publishers Penguin are now regretting that £400,000 advance.

Ingenue’s Pucci’esque wrap dress (£89) – Mena Ryan’s Ingenue label continues to grow with over 300 stockists worldwide with it’s simple yet effective take on work wear dressing. 

The ‘Tomorrow People’ remake – Yet more proof of the lack of fresh ideas as an American network announce plans to remake ITV’s slightly naff kids’ sci-fi series. Hold on to your belts.

“Get James Arthur’s look” – Talented James Arthur is our favourite to win this year’s ‘X Factor’, but does anyone seriously think that men look up to him as a style icon? Especially as the styling team seem to have him pigeon-holed as ‘Bloke-Down-The-Pub’.

Amy Childs – Amy’s range of synthetic hairpieces with Annabel’s Wigs makes us wonder if there is anything that the grasping stars of ‘The Only Way is Essex’ won’t put their names to? We wouldn’t rule out Amy Child’s Liposuction.

Stomachs – Celebrities have been flashing some serious flesh and baring their toned midriffs hither and thither this week, whilst the rest of us tuck into some Winter-warming carbs and look on in envy.

Champagne withdrawal breakdowns – Anyone thinking that ‘Made in Chelsea’ “star” Hugo Taylor’s jungle meltdown was just for the cameras clearly can’t have seen Katie during The Summer of the Sickly Pink Drink. 

The Chanel Hula Hoop bag – Next Spring’s guaranteed fashion cliché.

Kristen Stewart – Kristen obviously took “vamp” a little too literally, and has left little to our imaginations with her daring Zuhair Murad get-ups on the ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ red carpet. A black lace and sequin jumpsuit was the bastard child of Cher’s disastrous flirtations with Bob Mackie and ‘Abba-esque’-era Andy Bell.

Raf Simons – Raf’s initial collections for Dior have been far from breathtaking, and the dour Belgian crossed the line this week when he dismissed his predecessor John  Galliano’s work as “no longer relevant”. Katie’s now on ‘bring back Galliano’ mission.

Hello Kitty Forever – The Hello Kitty onslaught continues with a homeware collaboration with US fast fashion chain Forever 21 (right). Bye Bye Kitty.

‘Cheryl: Access All Areas’ – We’d rather not access ANY of Cheryl Cole’s “areas” thank you very much.

The Evening Standard’s Most Influential Londoners list – We’re wondering just how many Standard journos it took to crown Mayor of London Boris Johnson as this year’s ‘Most Influential Londoner’ – And how many more it would take to write the complete works of Shakespeare?

The marriage of David Mitchell & Victoria Coren – Of course we’re happy for the couple, David Mitchell (of Robert Webb and ‘Peep Show’ fame), and progeny of journalistic dynasty Victoria Coren, but if we see any more copy devoted to Mitchell’s gushing account of falling in love we’re going to hurt someone.

Myleene Klass – Did anyone?

Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and @KatieChutzpah.

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