Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on November 25, 2012

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


Farfetch Unwrap Christmas – Not content with teaming up with artist and DJ Margot Bowman, photographer Melinda Gibson, and set designer and illustrator Gary Card for their Unwrap Christmas festive gift-wrap project, Farfetch will also be showcasing a design from the Meadham Kirchhoff boys on several of London’s black cabs.

Manolo – The patriarch of fantasy footwear as shoe porn quite rightfully receives an accolade for Oustanding Achievement at the British Fashion Awards.

Topman Generation – Topman’s online magazine gets a birthday makeover, now integrating the Topman CTRL music platform, and boasting a new editor in the shape of legendary Loaded alumni James Brown.

The Rihanna Plane – Terror at 20,000 feet as Rihanna took a group of music and fashion journalists hostage whilst on a whistle-stop tour of seven cities to promote her new album, ‘Unapologetic’, leading to starvation, streaking, and sleep deprivation. Jealous, obviously.

Camilla Morton’s “The Empress’ New Clothes” – Diane Von Furstenberg illustrates this reimagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, from author of ‘How To Walk In High Heels’ Camilla Morton. Available from

The Fragrance Shop’s Discovery Club – Sign up for The Fragrance Shop’s exclusive sampling club and receive five samples of the latest fragrances and discount vouchers each month. A male version will hopefully be launched at the beginning of next year.

T-down by Uniqlo x Theory – Toasty his ‘n’ hers down-filled outerwear from one of our favourite high street chains and cult brand Theory.

Issey Miyake – Fashion fanatics are thrilled at the news that Issey Miyake may have returned to his eponymous label. Forward-thinking London store LN-CC has also unearthed a treasure trove of archive Miyake pieces, which are now available online.

BBC3’s “Some Girls” – Brilliantly written by Bernadette Davis, the acidic wit, down to earth realness and comedic timing make this cult comedy series about Viva and her 16 year old, London housing estate mates, unmissable. 

Philosophy’s Christmas Gifts – Always on the money for Christmas, who’d not love these? And, at £16 and £18, a great price.

Terrence Higgins Trust – The charity celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with a collaboration with London jewellery store Tateossian. The unisex bead and enamel bracelet is available from Tateossian stores and online, with 50% of the proceeds donated to THT.

‘Liz & Dick’ – Poor Elizabeth Taylor, whose legacy has been reduced to a limited edition Barbie doll, and a third-rate television film featuring a woefully miscast Lindsay Lohan. Not great.

Brad Pitt’s diet – Blame Angelina, but that lean and cocky cowboy from ‘Thelma & Louise’ is now the poster boy for defeated, pussy-whipped dads everywhere.

Suzi Quatro – For spectacular hypocrisy this week, criticising today’s “raunchy” popstars after cementing her place in rock and roll history with several ‘Top of the Pops’ appearances clad in little than a plunging leather catsuit and a guitar.

Tamara Ecclestone – Still giving tacky a bad name. Her new neighbours in Kensington, including a certain Miss Chutzpah, must be thrilled with that cavalcade of conspicuous consumption rolling into town. 

Donald Trump – After the residents of Aberdeen failed in their efforts to prevent The Trump building a golf course on an unspoilt stretch of Scottish coastline, it’s quite gratifying to hear that 500,000 Macy’s customers in the US have signed a petition for the store to end its affiliation with the delusional corporate bully.

Post-ironic Rylan fans – Dear Glossies, “It’s neither big nor clever, rather like La Clark’s bargain-basement low-camp. We can all mince & prance about in a white boiler suit if we put our minds to it; thankfully most of us are more evolved than that.”

Mr and Mrs Wright – No, NOT ‘The Only Way is Essex’ star Mark Wright’s attempts at a celebrity fragrance, but his parents, who rocked up to their son’s launch dressed as a past-her-prime streetwalker and some bloke from the audience of ‘Top Gear’.

Toe surgery – More and more women opting for amputation in order to fit into their pointy pumps. Ouch!

Zara’s Toxic Chemicals – Recent research found that 70% of Zara’s clothing contains toxic chemicals which are potentially carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting. We totes love Zara at Chutzpah Mansions but maybe it’s time for them to follow the lead of H&M and Marks & Spencer, both of which have implemented green initiatives to their garment production.

Azealia Banks’ ‘Atlantis’ video – Anyone who lived through the late Eighties will roll their eyes at this mash-up of emerging rave culture, low-fi computer graphics, and Technotronic’s ‘Pump Up The Jam’ promo. The Kids will probably lap it up, declare it “TOTES AMAZEBALLS”, and produce their own (even more) artless versions. Everyone loses.

Madonna’s ‘Truth Or Dare Naked’ – Her first fragrance may have been a shameless homage to Robert Piguet’s Fracas, but now Madonna goes one better and rips off herself in her latest perfume ad, which sees the heavily-retouched star recreating a pose from her Nineties heyday. We’d love it if Madonna did something really surprising next, like keeping her clothes on. Or making a good record. Or even just shutting up and going away.

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and @KatieChutzpah.

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Make Do Style November 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Ugh the Zara information – help I am going to have to get over Zara now I know this


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