Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on May 5, 2013

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

Boris Dlugosch featuring Roisin Murphy ‘Look Around You’/’Never Enough (2013 Mixes) – We’re always hungry for new material from the marvellous Ms. Murphy, and she doesn’t disappoint with her latest track with Boris Dlugosch, producer of her 2001 dance hit ‘Never Enough’. 

Joseph and Katie Hillier – The luxury retailer and accessories expert Katie Hillier team up for a range of handbags launching this Autumn. Can’t wait to see this affordable and accessible range at Selfridges preview next week. We’re loving the clean, Art Deco lines.  We see WIN written all over it.

Gnomes – Once seen as slightly (okay, VERY) naff, garden gnomes are welcome back at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, benefiting from a 21st Century makeover from the likes of Antonia Carluccio, Dame Maggie Smith and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Take that IKEA.

Charlotte Taylor’s Chelsea pop-up store – Featuring exclusive designs (pictured right), industry discussions, and workshops with the designer herself, the Charlotte Taylor store on Sloane Square is open for just 5 weeks.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s L’Icona project – Ferragamo celebrate the 35th anniversary of their much-loved Vara flat pump with a celebrity-studded film featuring our very own Susie Bubble, and the opportunity to customise your own pair. 

Estee Lauder’s Perfectly Clean Collection Looking for multi-benefit, multi-tasking products and a name to trust? You’re in luck. Estee Lauder are just about to launch their Perfectly Clean Collection of four advance, mult-action cleansers and a refining toner, designed to transform your skin’s look. Fortified with the proprietary 3C Purity Complex, a proprietary blend of skin-soothing botanicals that helps to calm, comfort and clarify skin, Perfectly Clean leaves skin thoroughly cleansed of impurities, makeup and surface pollutants without disrupting skin’s natural balance. Worth checking out. £22 per item.


Glamour magazine’s Best Dressed list – We can’t imagine what Kristen Stewart’s people had to promise Glamour editorial staff in return for the honour of this year’s Best Dressed award, but we hope it involved $$$$$, kittens, and nearly-new Balenciaga.

Rears of the Year – Yet more blame to lie at K-Stew’s door. After those revealing Zahair Murad rig-outs we’re now to forced to contend with Margot Stilley’s pap-baiting, rear cut-outs and the otherwise apple pie Gwyneth Paltrow’s side-butt. Please cease and desist.

The ‘Downton Abbey’ clothing line – Okay, we know that modern television is all about revenue streams but SERIOUSLY? We’re hoping this planned clothing project is more Edwardian aristocrat than below stairs, because we’re not ready for scullery maid chic just yet.

Luxury surfwear – Having a moment, thanks to Proenza Schouler’s exclusive line for Net-a-Porter and Tommy Hilfiger’s Surf Shack collection, but could there be anything worse than picking sand out of your suede-edged tweed board shorts? 
The ‘Get Lucky’ comedown – Like everyone we’ve been rinsing Daft Punk’s latest to the point of ennui over at Chutzpah Mansions, but there’s still another week to wait for the album. We’re not sure we can. Never Mind. We have the HOT Peter Serafinowicz to entertain us in the meantime with this.

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Feel like you’ve lived the production of Baz Luhrmann’s latest cinematic extravaganza, after four seasons of Gatsby-inspired collections, editorial, and product launches? Us too. The addition of the director’s name is an early indicator of what we’re in for, a maelstrom of Prada, Tiffany, and a stunt-cast soundtrack, all with Luhrmann’s signature MTV sheen. And for those bemoaning that the clothing ain’t original to the period? Honestly loves, IT’S NOT MEANT TO BE! It’s an artist’s impression of the period and novel. Oy! We’re so over all this already.

This year’s ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ Met Gala – Co-chaired by that celebrated punk heroine Beyoncé, this year’s guest list is a litany of anarchic icons, from Emma Watson to, um…Professor Green. With Katy Perry threatening to team with the theme, we’ll also be keeping our eyes peeled for Jessica Alba in Tory Burch (FILTH!) and Emma Roberts in Diane von Furstenberg (FURY!). Luxury online retailer and sponsor Moda Operandi has also launched a Met Gala-themed collection, which makes us think that original doyenne of the scene Vivienne Westwood was right when she claimed, “Punk was just a marketing opportunity”.

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

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