Over the past few weeks, acclaimed writers have been investigating various facets of 'ugly' fashion as part of our Ugly project. This time round The Independent's assistant fashion editor Rebecca Gonsalves explored the impact of social media, street style and the fast pace of the industry on dress and design.
Reflecting on ideas of peacocking and conspicuous consumption, Gonsalves looks at the way we approach fashion post-recession. 'It seems that flattery is the furthest thing from many designers’ minds, as they push the boundaries of classical taste. But fashion ugly isn’t just the antithesis of traditional ideas of beauty – its current incarnation alludes to intelligence and social comment heavily laced with irony,' she conjectures.