Chutzpah’s Barometer

by Katie on September 15, 2015

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The Givenchy SS’16 shoe – Tisci showed NYC a piece of Paris class action. Fluid, feminine, muted collection with these sharp beauties on every model foot. Covet.

Roksanda – The model-turned-designer celebrates her first decade with a capsule edit of her greatest hits for Harvey Nichols (see pic, right).

Momento Fendi Bug watches – The phenomenally successful Fendi Bugs make the move from your bag to your wrist.


The ‘Basic Bitch’ – We *cough* know a fair few. And now, appearing on a new cocktail menu at London’s Riding House Café to celebrate Fashion Week. If that sounds a little too safe then why not try a ‘Reverse Beyoncé’?

Folk x Liberty London – This time a joint birthday, as Folk and Liberty hook-up to mark their 140th and 10th anniversaries with an exclusive unisex collection, available from the end of September.
Pornhub Apparel – The adult streaming site launches a surprisingly wearable clothing range, like this design by artist Kallen Hollomon.

Givenchy’s Teint Couture Balm (£29) – Givenchy just needed another mention. A smooth and wondrous, non-greasy liquid with just enough density to blur imperfections and with an SPF 15. Love.


‘Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs’ – We never tire of Studio 54 photos at Chutzpah Mansions, especially if they come with commentary by Nona Hendryx and Horse Meat Disco’s James Hillard.


‘Kolkata with Sue Perkins’ (BBC1)– In which the bane of the BBC shouts patronisingly at foreigners whilst a commissioning editor ticks another diversity box.

Kim Davis – Incompetent employee, religious hypocrite and jailbird is put on a pedestal by America’s Far-Right, becoming the postergirl for institutionalised homophobia. Well done everyone.

evian x Alexander Wang – Those breathless fashion journalists sleepless over Alex Wang’s next step after leaving Balenciaga must be hating themselves right now.


“EDITORIAL REQUEST: journalist seeks 2015 beauty news for feature in national newspaper” – We find research helps. Can no one do their job anymore?

Luxury track pants – How did we get to the point where £700 jogging bottoms seem not only normal, but desirable?

GQ’s Man of the Year awards – Obscenely out-of-step, obsequious and unnecessary, Dylan Jones’ orgy of onanism becomes more and more offensive every year.



DSquared2’s ‘I ♥ Beer’ T-shirt – Disclaimer: We’ve been fans of Dean and Dan from the beginning but, and it’s a BIG but, after a disappointing Spring/Summer 2016 collection (those tattooed bodysuits smacked hard of an idea Jean Paul Gaultier rinsed clean twenty years ago), along comes this ironic trash tee. If we saw this on sale in Urban Outfitters for £30 it might provoke a wry smile, but £130? Thanks, but no thanks boys.

The Labour leadership election – We won’t use the word ‘contest’ because, on this occasion, everyone loses and we’re not happy. After canvassing party members for longer than Cher’s last farewell tour, 250,000 people (0.5% of the population) have voted in an opposition leader (slim pickings, eh) who resents the system in which he works; who hides behind a selective memory and phrases like “engagement” and “Tory smears” to justify sharing platforms with despots, homophobes, Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites and misogynists; and who seems intent on dragging us all back to the dark days of the Eighties, and the  “Loony Left” which split the Labour party in two, through his love of student-level, anti-establishment politicking. Welcome to another fifteen years (at least) of Conservative tyranny.

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@bombfashion) and @katiechutzpah

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