Why Is High Fashion So Ugly?



(Like, what is this giant corduroy suit? No, really… it looks like she spent a debaucherous evening with a very large, kindly elderly gentleman who gave her this to wear for her walk of shame home.)

This weekend I was flipping through the Wall Street Journal’s fall fashion magazine, and as I have found myself doing lately whenever I browse high fashion spreads, I was left completely baffled and shaking my head.  Why is it that editorial fashion is so painfully ugly right now?  Of course, there are all sorts of people with various style desires, but I can’t help but feel that in the past year or two there is a prevalence of straight up hideous, ridiculous fashion on the runways and only a small percentage of wearable, beautiful looks.  Fashion can be art, and there are designers that are known for producing items strictly to be appreciated in that sense, but when mainstream designers start making things that just seem unwearable, and fashion magazines fill their pages with those looks, I feel frustrated!  I want to see things real people can wear- even if unattainable price-wise, the inspiration is the most important part and something we can all use to guide us in creating our own versions of those high fashion looks.  Flattering cuts, interesting patterns, colors, layers and textures, pretty dresses!  But this stuff below? No thank you.

I would lose my mind in a jacket with sleeves like this. How do you get naything out of your purse or text your girlfriend about another celebrity breakup?  And that sweater dress? I’m itching just looking at it (and reminded of 80’s Bill Cosby sweaters- not a reference you want to draw right now).


Even designers I used to love, like Celine, trotted out strange hemlines and sleeve lengths and bizarre layers and pattern mixes I would never expect to see on any real human being in public (who is sober and of sound mind and body).


Do you know anyone who would wear these crazy numbers?


Look at Chanel. CHANEL. Pretty sure Coco would not be so keen on these looks.  It feels like it’s ugly just for the sake of being “weird”.  Why is beautiful so bad?  Why do we have to try to make ankle socks with flat Mary Jane’s happen?  Let’s just NOT, okay?


Don’t even get me started on the mess at Moschino. INSANITY.  Disgustingly expensive insanity.

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20: A model walks the runway at the Moschino fashion show at Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 on February 20, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)moschino

And it’s not just the clothes! The hair and makeup has gone the way of gross too. The whole greasy hair trend?  Is looking like you haven’t showered in a solid two weeks and gone to Soul Cycle everyday COOL?


OMG, and the shoes. THE SHOES! Look at these! They are Gucci and $1,800!!! It looks like some mental patient went to the Westminster Dog Show, stole and skinned two Yorkshire Terriers and put them on their feet.  And big department store buyers are BUYING this for their stores thinking people will purchase these!? GAH!


These are less ridiculous, but still- $1,150 for these Valentinos? Valentino made these??

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Like I said, this is just my opinion, and maybe there are some out there who like the “ugly is cool” trend- but I just want to look nice. I don’t need to make some huge statement when I get dressed, I want my clothes to compliment me as a person, not take over.

What are your thoughts? Have you felt this way lately?

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