Chutzpah’s Barometer

by Katie on January 30, 2015

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


‘Yves Saint Laurent:  Style is Eternal’ – Great fashion exhibits do take place outside London SHOCKA!  The Bowes Museum, in partnership with Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, hosts the UK’s first full retrospective for one of France’s greatest designers. Runs from 11th July – 25th October 2015.


Roisin Murphy – Style icon (we don’t use that term loosely) and Chutzpah girlcrush Roisin Murphy is back, BACK, BACK!!! this year with a new album and tour. Now, everybody breathe.

Finery London – Ever wondered what would happen if Topshop’s design director met the fashion director of ASOS? Meet Finery London, a new womenswear label launching soon.

Anthony Vaccarello – Now permanent installed at Versus Versace. FINALLY, a high-profile designer appointment which makes sense.

‘Empire’Fox’s new hip-hop soap opera is essential viewing, if only for main character Cookie Lyon’s  Alexis-Colby-meets-Lil’-Kim wardrobe.


Argan+ Argan Oil Super Day Cream – This budget wonder product received top marks in a recent Telegraph survey. Essential for surviving the winter. Available from Waitrose £16.99.

Sweaty Betty skiwear – Looking as good on the streets as on the slopes, Sweaty Betty’s printed thermal base layers have achieved almost cult status. From £39.

Whistles x Stutterheim raincoats – The editors’ go-to high street store launches a unisex raincoat collaboration in March with Sweden’s Stutterheim raincoat brand, just in time for those April showers.

Couture – Well done Paris. It’s taken a spirits lifting couture week to press home how truly awful many RTW shows actually are.


Dry January – Downright ironic in this weather. Champagne doesn’t actually count though, DOES IT?

Year of the Troll – Perez Hilton, Katie Hopkins, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ trolling its own viewers, The Sun’s Page 3 trolling EVERYONE, 2015 is already the year of righteous indignation.


Falling Off (Press/Guest) Lists – COOEEE! Still here! Still writing. Still looking at the world wide web. Being North of the Border doesn’t mean you fall off the edge of globe. And, guess what? London’s a flight/train ride away! Considerable ‘flat earth’ outlook of the maj of fash/beauty PRs.

23 Stories – AKA Condé Nast’s new branded content shop. Is it time to wave goodbye to any remaining unbiased editorial in their publications? Let us know what you think below.

Hedi Slimane – Lazily throwing out collections for Saint Laurent’s menswear identical to his Dior Homme heyday, then banning any journalists who point it out. A legend in his own (baby food) lunchtime.

The Brits – Nominating banal pop-dance outfit Clean Bandit for Best Group whilst the wonderful Katy B remains overlooked in the Best British Female category? Shurely shome mishtake?

Designer beard grooming products – Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino moisturising beard oil is £40. A tortoiseshell Tom Ford beard comb will set you back £28 (!) It would be cheaper to just shave.  Never snogged a man with a beard. Just putting it out there…

Ugly genitalia – Okay, so penises were never the prettiest  of male organs, but Rick Owens managed to find some of the least sexually exciting party parts in Paris.

’50 Shades…” brand tie-ins – A BDSM-referencing Domino’s advert and Surf’s kinky washday hunks are just the tip of an unwelcome iceberg.



Flares for men – If Victoria Beckham couldn’t make them fly for women, then what hope do JW Anderson, Raf Simons, and new Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele have?  Leave well alone. It’s taken the male population YEARS to advance to skinnies. This is a no hoper.

Pointless film remakes – Following news of an all-female cast ‘Ghostbusters’ rework, we now hear rumours of an Indiana Jones revival, starring ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ heartthrob Chris Pratt. Whilst Pratt may have all the leading man attributes (including, most importantly, biceps) to head up an action franchise, he’ll never be Harrison Ford. This isn’t just tampering with our favourite films, it’s messing with cherished childhood memories and, at the end of the day, aren’t studio executives paid enough to think up their own ideas?

Cutesy Valentine’s Gift Ideas – Enough already.

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@bombfashion) and Katie Chutzpah (@katiechutzpah). Leave us a comment and tell us what you think of this week’s choices.

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