Chutzpah’s Barometer

by Katie on August 16, 2015

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Altuzarra – Joseph Altuzarra’s namesake label has taken on a high-profile PR and is set to conquer the UK with his smart-yet-sexy clothes.

Paul Poiret – The storied fashion house, and possibly John Galliano’s greatest inspiration, has taken a further step towards revival after getting snapped up by South Korean conglomerate Shinsegae International.

Vaseline Spray Moisturiser – A wonder product that’s entirely affordable, easy to cart around in your gym bag and smells delicious. In light yet extremely effective moisturiser that quickly absorbs into skin in seconds. Available in three variants, original Essential Moisture, Aloe Fresh and the addictive Cocoa Radiant. Love a product that does what it says on the tin. RRP £5.99 are available nationwide from all leading supermarkets and chemists including Superdrug and Boots.


Grace & Oliver – Limited edition luxury coats manufactured in Italy. Spendy but worth every penny.

Floris Rose Geranium Bath Essence – An oldie but a goodie that’s a personal favourite (and was also a favourite of Marilyn Monroe and Isabella Blow). The perfect English scent that fills your bathroom with a heady scent of Summer. And now, Floris have teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support and will release (Sept 2015) a  limited edition of their now iconic product. Priced £55, £35 from each sale will go to the charity.

Leica Maroon X and D-LUX Rolling Stone cameras – Retro-styled and ideal for upcoming fashion weeks, the exclusive Rolling Stone model comes with an artist label and autographed print. Launching in September.


POPS and Fortnum & Mason’s Champagne popsicles – Ever had a thirst that only ice-cold champagne can quench (we know Katie has)? Exclusively available from the store itself
Miss Bizio CoutureEdinburgh vintage store best known for the delightful owner’s hilarious and often-barking Instagram homages to music and Hollywood greats.


Phoebe Philo leaving Céline – Are the rumours true? Well, we were right about Alexander Wang and Balenciaga.

Mini Vogue/Mini Street Style – Proving, if nothing else, that competitive mothers are awful, and gladiator sandals aren’t suitable for toddlers. Spend your money developing them as good, rounded humans not show pony mini-me’s.

yetifeetYSL Couture – So exclusive that you have to be invited to buy it. Whether Hedi bothers to fly over from LA for appointments and fittings is another question entirely.

Yeti feet – One of the least practical trends for Autumn/Winter 2015, unless you’re rich enough to send your shoes for a shampoo and blow-dry.

The rumoured Spice Girls reunion – The Gays are all screaming, but even Victoria sees this as tearing the arse out of a dead pony. Let’s leave them back in the 90’s, along with platform trainers and the bogus feminism of “Girl Power”.


Acne Studios A/W 2015 menswear collection – We’ll give you a clue, if you have to wear a sweatshirt that says you’re a feminist then you’re obviously doing it wrong.


CoverGirl’s Star Wars make-up – Approved by the wondrous and influential make-up artist Pat McGrath, we can’t wait to witness women popping to Tesco as “She-3PO”, or Sarah Brightman’s scary Starship Trooper sister. Just another tie-in product for the film franchise which invented modern merchandising opportunities. Move along, nothing more to see here.

Amazon Fashion – Ever tried shopping for fashionable, or even vaguely stylish, clothes on Amazon? It’s like trying to find your car keys on a beach. With a newly-opened studio dedicated to original imagery, maybe a few edits or attempts at separating the actual fashion from mere clothes won’t go amiss? As the sponsor of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Amazon has its work cut out to improve an ecommerce experience which makes H&M, Oxford Circus on a Saturday afternoon look like an attractive proposition.

Barometer complied by Lee Clatworthy (@Bombfashion) and @KatieChutzpah

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