Chutzpah’s Barometer

September 2, 2016

We’re back, BACK, BACK BABY!!! LOVING September – Can people just stop flaunting tans and get back to the normal black clothing and layers that we all really should know is good for us, AT ALL TIMES. Ta. USA Pro by Matthew Williamson – One of Britain’s most successful fashion designers dips his toe into […]

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Gucci Menswear Cruise 2017

May 22, 2016

I couldn’t let Alessandro Michele’s latest menswear outing pass without comment. Having been quite vocal about Gucci’s new direction, if you can call Michele’s particular brand of faux vintage “new”, I’ve had to eat my words. Not much, a bite-size portion of attrition. Apparently inspired by the English eccentricity, and Gucci’s forthcoming Cruise show in […]

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A Very Mixed Bag at Gucci AW’16

February 24, 2016

I’m kinda’ seeing the relevance of see-it buy-it now shift to show culture when seated in a chill factor temperature and viewing the latest Gucci AW’16 collection as it livestreamed. Only Gucci and Kering’s CEO Francois-Henri Pinault is in favour of maintaining the status quo. See it, buy it in 6 months. Even if you […]

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Gucci versus Bottega Veneta. Who Wins in Chic Geekery Pre Fall ‘16?

December 10, 2015

There’s no doubting Alessandro Michele’s fast track stardom and influence on the new direction for Gucci, all gawky gangly geek meets a riot mayhem of fabric clash. A fact re-exemplified in Gucci’s newly released Pre Fall ‘16 collection. While this label and creative director may be grabbing all the headlines for the new life breathed […]

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Art for Art’s Sake

November 4, 2015

Money for God’s sake – isn’t that how the old 10CC song goes? Contemporary luxury fashion and art now go hand-in-exquisitely-gloved-hand; Louis Vuitton has its Fondation, Prada has its Fondazione, and the designer/artist collaboration is commonplace, so it’s no surprise that the newly-revamped Gucci has decided to follow the same route. Gucci is a name […]

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The Name’s Ford…Tom Ford

October 28, 2015

It’s time to talk about Tom Ford again. We seem to spend a lot of time discussing Tom Ford over at Chutzpah Mansions but, let’s face it, it’s his world now and we’re just living in it. Not content with completely owning London Fashion Week last February by showing in Los Angeles the very same […]

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June 22, 2015

The Silk Road was a network of trading routes which snaked through China, Asia, Persia, North Africa and Europe from ancient times to the fifteenth century. Many of these routes terminated in the port of Sicily, leading to a melange of cross-cultural elements, resulting in buildings like the Chinese Palace in Palermo, a heady hotchpotch […]

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Gucci’s SS’16 Pre Collection–To Grunge or to Glam that is the Question?

June 4, 2015

Wow! Talk about turnaround at a label? Newbie creative director, Alessandro Michele, appointed only at the beginning of the year, is already making waves. Exactly what waves in terms of commercial success we wait to see, but already the house that gave us top sex from Ford in its heyday to a laid back feminine […]

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FINALLY! Gucci Beauty Has Arrived

May 18, 2015

It’s been a LONG time coming. And until it was announced, we hadn’t ever really realised that one of the big icons of Milan fashion didn’t have a make-up range? What tha’? Gucci must be up there with Pucci as way overdue in the make-up stakes. Now there’s an idea for Massimo Giorgetti, the new […]

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Shabby Chic – Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2015 campaign

April 15, 2015

New advertising campaigns always sends social media into a tizzy, but waking up to half of Twitter breathlessly claiming the exclusive on the new Gucci pre-fall ‘15 images was, initially amusing, followed swiftly by disappointment. A new campaign under new creative director Alessandro Michele presenting the house’s new direction – except it wasn’t. A reimagining […]

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