Chutzpah’s Barometer

by Katie on February 17, 2015

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


#Girls Season 4 – Much more layered depth and character revelation from the hipster Noo Yoikers and always, always with a great soundtrack. Poor the Hannah Banana.


Iain R. Webb ‘Invitation Strictly Personal; 40 Years of Fashion Show Invites’ – Long-time Chutzpah pal and fashion historian Iain R. Webb presents a unique collection of fashion show invitations from all four fashion capitals. Published by Goodman Books.

Nike Tech Aeroshield – With the worst of the weather out of the way, it’s time to turn your thoughts to that summer body. Hit the pavements in Nike’s latest weatherproof workout wear.

BFC Contemporary – A collection of accessories from emerging British designers at knockdown prices, available online exclusively at eBay.

‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ – Sponsored by Clarks, this exhibition explores the extremes of footwear from around the globe, culminating in the Chutzpah Shoe Closet (a very likely possibly). Runs at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 13th June 2015 to 31st January 2016.

Puffa x Present London – The British heritage outerwear brand teams up with niche menswear retailer Present London for a capsule collection of bold, equestrian-inspired statement pieces.

Prada UniverseFashion’s most influential design house makes its entire archive available online. Expect a myriad of homages to late 90’s Prada collections for Spring/Summer 2016.


Calvin Harris does Emporio Armani – Proving there’s much more to life, post the hOra and far be it from us to waste a gratuitous guilty pleasure body shot. We would. Both of us. Separately. Tsk!

Clé de Peau Concentrated Brightening Eye SerumJust the thing for those late London Fashion Week nights and early mornings, leaving those tired eyes beaming with radiance.

‘Happy Endings’ – Rumours abound that the cult ABC comedy series, featuring television’s most believable gay character (ie. beary, eats sandwiches on the sofa in his pants), could return for a fourth series. Rejoice!


Dullard Right Wing FaceBook Politicos – And they’ve started. Hovers finger over delete button from ANYTHING/ANYONE remotely slanted UKIP/Conservative. Talking of which….


The Conservative Party’s Black and White Ball – Rather like Truman Capote’s, only with more snobbery, class division, and amoral tax evaders.

Naomi Campbell – Comes over all Bono and decides to cure Ebola. We suggest that she puts the charity fashion shows on hold and flogs a few blood diamonds to raise funds instead.
Septum rings – Shorthand for sad fashion victim.

Vagina yoghurt – Making it, as American PhD student Cecilia Westbrook did using her own vaginal bacteria, is one thing. Tasting it afterwards is quite another.

The Coachella fashion collection – Reaching Peak Fringing so early in the season, the H&M Loves Coachella collection will be available for anyone wanting to steal that Hollywood-starlet-hopped-up-on-Clenbuterol look from mid-March.


Dana Thomas’ ‘Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano’ – The Independent’s Alexander Fury hurled this speculative, bottom-feeding trash across the room, and so should you.

Zana Bayne for Marc Jacobs – Luxury bondage gear for the burgeoning Anastasia Steele in you. Or tacky high-end tie-in, depending on which side of the ‘Fifty Shades…’ fence you fall.

Disney’s ‘If the shoe fits’ campaign – Is it us, or has everyone gone Disney mental following ‘Frozen’? Ain’t  there enough Disney Pushy Princesses out there?  Let it go people, let it go…


‘Zoolander’ – Unfunny fashion “satire” celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. Damned with faint praise as the highpoint of Ben Stiller’s cinematic career, ‘Zoolander’ has none of the subtlety or insider nous of, say, Robert Altman’s ‘Pret á Porter’. And Milla Jovovich, what were you thinking???


Azealia Banks’ Playboy cover – Yes, she’s still here and, three years on, still not making music as fun and irreverent as ‘212’. Honey, repeatedly using the word “faggot” doesn’t make you a feminist, it makes you a bigot, and neither does resorting to getting your tits out for Playboy to sell albums. Time to go away and have a good, long, hard think about what you’ve done.

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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