‘The ugliest runway look’ title is almost the equivalent of a participation award for a lot of high-end brands. Many of the outfits that strut the catwalk look as if a designer frantically strung together off-cuts from a pantomime theatre’s in-house wardrobe department at the last moment. Even when the ensembles aren’t entirely clownish, they’re still completely impractical.
The Ugly Sweater Dress
As if the Christmas family photo couldn’t get even more embarrassing. Why design such an open neckline if you’re going to pair it with a scarf anyway? Is the model cold or not? Dolce and Gabbana’s indecisive sweater-dress is definitely qualified to be the ugliest runway look (for the furry leg warmers alone.)
You’ve Heard Of ‘Surf & Turf’, Now Get Ready For ‘Scarf & Scales’
Another questionable scarf moment. The pairing of picnic-rug neck-wear with a snake-skin jacket just screams ‘confused Grandma’. The infinity-stone bangles and Aslan-the-lion broach aren’t contributing much to outfit cohesion either.
‘The Ice-Cream Machine Is Broken’ Outfit
This ugliest runway look doesn’t even warrant an explanation. I’d like to speak to Moschino’s manager.
More Like ‘Valenti-NO’
Not one aspect of this outfit is salvageable. Is that a hat, an endangered bird, or a wig? Regardless, those yellow curtains belong on a window, not someone’s arms. The purple lip doesn’t even attempt to reconcile the outfit. It really is one of the ugliest runway looks.
The ‘…’ ?
What did humanity do to deserve this look? What ungodly, Cthulu-ian monster does humanity have to appease to be rid of it? Burberry needs to fight this design back into the dark recess from which it came. If an upside down t-shirt filling in for a skirt is the least awful part of an outfit, you’re doing something wrong.
So, apparently cosplaying as Emma Frost from X-Men qualifies as high-fashion these days. Or has Ygritte from GoT launched her own clothing line? You know nothing, Balmain. Please leave dress-ups to the anime conventions.
You’ll Need A Coat
Looking at this outfit is enough to make you feel over-heated. Is Balenciaga is doing a buy ten, get one free deal on their coats? Buyer beware; putting on this many coats will absolutely make you pass out from heat exhaustion.
The Purple Embarrassment
For shame, Gucci, for shame. Why would anyone in their right minds want to wear a purple, sequined swimming cap, let alone an entire outfit composed of the material?? Slapping a giant bow on the front doesn’t distract from the monstrosity you’ve created.
Who doesn’t want to wear a shiny, tartan one-piece? This is one raincoat that deserves to be rained on. Sadly for Fendi, matching boots aren’t really going to help sell the ugliest runway look.
On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
Even a peak princess-phase two-year-old would turn their nose up at this outfit. It’s a fever dream of High School Musical’s Sharpay Evans and a thneed from the Lorax. Armani, next time think of the poor Truffula trees you’re cutting down.
A Sticky, Vinyl Couch
I can hear this dress, and it is not ASMR. The Sherpa lining resembles some kind of dangerous growth on this ugliest runway look. Yves Saint Laurent needs to stop looking at 70’s furniture catalogues for inspiration.
The Substitute Geography Teacher
Gucci, back at it again with the ugliest runway look. When will they learn that their actions have consequences? Probably when they realise that all that glitters isn’t gold. To complete this look, just add some bedazzled elbow pads to really rock that disco-professor chic.
Let Them Eat LAMP
If moths weren’t already attracted to this lacy and tasty outfit, the lampshade headpiece is really going to draw them out. Alexander McQueen and Givenchy may have to talk their way out of a swift guillotining if they want to live down this hideous ensemble.
The Megalovania Meltdown
Sure, go ahead and put comic sans on high fashion. IT’S ART!!