Chutzpah’s Barometer–The Return.

by Katie on June 15, 2014

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


RoksandaA new flagship store on London’s fashionable Mount Street and a slight rebrand, “Well, nobody seemed to be able to pronounce Ilincic”, the model-turned-designer looks set for global domination.


David Gandy for Autograph – An underwear collection from the dapper London Collections: Men Style Ambassador, and the crotch of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue fragrance, was only a matter of time. Launching in Marks & Spencer stores this September.

TOPSHOP’s The Red Lippy Project – 33% of sales from TOPSHOP’s limited edition bold red lipstick and printed makeup bag will be donated to raising awareness of cervical cancer. Available now.

Sunspel x J.W. Anderson – British wunderkind and new LVMH signing J.W. Anderson designs a more accessible and affordable capsule collection for heritage British brand Sunspel.

Kvadrat/Raf Simons – Dior main man Raf Simons teams up with luxury Danish textile firm Kvadrat for a stunning collection of furnishing fabrics, throws and cushions.

NikeLab 1948 – Next-level retail space created from sustainable and upcycled materials by the global sportswear giant in London’s Shoreditch. Is it a shop? A gallery? A running club? Try all of those, and much more besides.


Whistles Menswear – After going from strength to strength under Jane Shepherson’s direction, editors’ favourite Whistles launches its first eagerly-awaited menswear collection this autumn (see right).

Penhaligon’s Bayolea – A heady mix of lemongrass, mandarin, tangerine, cardamom, black pepper, neroli, and lavender, with a woody, aromatic base, the Official Fragrance of London Collections: Men launches in July.

House of Holland x Hattie Stewart – Self-confessed “professional doodler” Hattie Stewart hooks up with Henry Holland for a cheeky selection of dresses and separates featuring Stewart’s signature illustrations over iconic movie posters and boyband album covers.

Foxes – From the frow to a starring role in ‘Doctor Who’, the Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter is everywhere this summer


The death of Rik Mayall – Part of our youths died along with the comedy genius. Seek out his career-defining turn as Kevin Turvey if you need proof.

Harvey Weinstein reviving the house of Charles James – Nooo! Because he did such an amazing job with re-launching Halston, RIGHT KIDS?

Getting to the bottom of it – Buttock lifts and implants soar. We’re blaming Kim Karkrashian (sic) and her “belfies” for this one.

Football – Happening somewhere, apparently.

Clean Bandit – The anodyne, unthreatening, coffee table-friendly version of modern, urban-lite pop music. File under: BIN.


SJP in Schiaparelli Couture – Looked like she was being eaten by the ghost of Baby Jane Hudson.

‘Skylight’ – New production of David Hare’s tense drama where we’re meant to suspend our disbelief enough to swallow Gatsby beauty Carey Mulligan as craggy, old Bill Nighy’s ex-lover.

Bespoke shoe services – Jimmy Choo and Prada now both offering all the colours in all the sizes for the terminally matchy-matchy.

The Little Shop of Horrors pop-up restaurant – Like dining in some West End Wendy’s fantasy, along with performing floorwalkers and a typically garish set. Let’s hope that, unlike the musical, the customers aren’t the ones on the menu.

Fringing and tassles – Keep it sparse or risk coming over all Stevie Nicks after an explosion in John Lewis’ haberdashery department.


#NORMCORE – There’s dressing down and then there’s sartorial self-harm. No amount of features and tweets will convince us that Normcore is actually a “thing”, not when there’s mismatched Stella McCartney resort 2015 prints and Astrid Andersen’s garish kimono jackets in the world. Fashion was never meant to be drab and dowdy, and if people can spot your fabulosity from space, then all the better.

Still clueless PR’s – “What’s that? You’d like me to host some branded content on my site for twelve months? For free? Wait a moment, let me bend over slightly so that you can sh*ft me that little bit more…”

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@bombfashion) and Katie Chutzpah (@katiechutzpah). Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

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