Fashionista Lark Lennox Asks: Fashion: Ugly or Fugly? Are Designers Pushing Ideas Beyond Consumers?

Savvy shopper, fashionista and all around knowledgeable person, Lark Lennox returns with an essay that reachs for a certain point that I think makes sense– which is why this commentary is here.

Recently, I spent a riotous evening with a famous, fabulously witty designer. Somehow we got on the topic of designer coffins, tasteless things with depictions of The Last Supper, Elvis, puppies, kittens and the like. The wine flowed and the conversation got sillier. We giggled about seeing one of those tacky coffins at a funeral and having to say, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in that thing!”

Does anyone remember the scene in The Trouble With Angels in which Rachel has to make a dress? (By the way, great movie filled with “scathingly brilliant ideas.”) The dress comes out like this

But, honestly, isn’t this pricey designer dress just as bad?

Here’s one of the most unflattering garments I’ve ever seen. The idea that someone would pay hundreds of dollars for it is downright preposterous. (Original price was $895!)

I know. Variety is the spice of life and everyone’s entitled to have an opinion. But aren’t some things just so extraordinarily, exquisitely atrocious that it’s unthinkable that anyone could find them attractive?
I can’t say precisely when something goes beyond ugly and becomes downright “fugly” but I know it when I see it.

(Stevie Notation: It looks like a baggy dress made out of a funny blanket print worn with almost combat boots)

Fugly Footwear
I remember proudly showing off my first pair of platform shoes. My mother blurted out, “God forbid if you had some sort of deformity and you had to wear shoes like that!” (Mom was never known for her subtlety.)

Those platforms were downright dainty and adorable compared to some of the fugly footwear I trip over when I’m shopping online. (If there’s anything more offensive than a heinous shoe, it’s an obscenely priced heinous shoe.)

Chloe : amber and brown leather and canvas cut-out sandals– (not a bargain at $493.99)

Diego Dolcini Fanned Zip-Back Sandal Original: $2,445.00 NOW: $1,638.00 –Wait!! Take an extra 25% off — is that enough to make you buy these shoes?
Loeffler Randall Wallaby Lace-Up Bootie, Calf Hair Original: $450.00 NOW: $337.00
Wait!! Take another 25% off and this *shoe* is yours– wallaby not included of course.

DSQUARED2 Pump Milly Abrasivato Original: $1,486.00 SALE! $817.99

Bottom of DSquared *Ice Skating * shoe

Look closely at the last pair. The soles are described as “intriguing ice skate-inspired.” I think I’ll hold out until next year, when they come out with snow shoe-inspired booties!

(Stevie Notation: I can understand *maybe* tottering around on 5 inch heels– but 6.5 inches and you have ice skate type slides on the bottoms?? Not so much!)

Thanks to Lark Lennox for the reality check and amusing photos on life in the fashion lane– when someone’s gone a little over the edge.
Stevie Wilson,

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