Dior, Sequins, & A Whole Lot Of White Ruled The VMA Red Carpet

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Year after year, the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet tends to take on its own identity. In the past, we've watched celebrities use their style chops to break the internet and forego the show's legacy of standing out just for the sake of making headlines. But at this year's event, our favorite musicians and their groupies showed up ready to stunt — and weren't apologizing for it. From the night's hostess, Katy Perry, to award presenters and their recipients, tonight's legendary step-and-repeat felt more like a catwalk than a photo op.
There was rapper Cardi B — whose #OOTDs turn heads on the daily — who threw it all the way back to the year 1990 for her first trip to the VMAs with her Blonde Ambition-themed custom Christian Siriano get-up. And then Teyana Taylor, whose outfit also paid homage to another music great. Finally, in perhaps the most inspiring moment of the night's fashionable line-up, a group of active transgender military members who strut their stuff in the most timeless look of all: jeans and a T-shirt.
The slideshow ahead represents the looks from tonight that not just solidified the VMAs as the only night of the year where the rich and the famous can wear whatever they want (and get away with it), but the only red carpet in which newcomers and national heroes can use their personal style to showcase who they are. In a time where fashion means more than just the clothes on your back, we'd say it was a pretty big deal.
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Not only has Lorde made the ultimate return to our music playlists, but she’s been slaying the fashion circuit, too. The singer stunned in Monique Lhullier tonight and it was everything but melodrama.
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Paris Jackson has made quite the introduction on the fashion scene this year. After appearing on more magazine covers than most young actresses in the first stages of their careers, Jackson has become a bonafide red carpet star already, and tonight’s fairytale-like Dior number shows she knows what she's doing.
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We’re not one for fashion snobbery, but if you didn’t catch the throwback Madonna moment in Cardi B’s look tonight, may we redirect you to the year 1990. The Bodak Yellow singer’s custom Christian Siriano pantsuit-dress hybrid was the perfect choice for her first strut down the blue carpet.
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If there’s one thing Millie Bobby Brown is good at (other than fighting off a Demogorgon), it’s slaying a red carpet. The Stranger Things star brought a healthy serving of studs back to the stage tonight in a Rodarte get-up that won our hearts.
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As one of the many musicians who wore white for tonight’s big show, singer Lizzo chose to adorn hers with a friendly (yet colorful) reminder: “TRUTH HURTS.” Can we get an amen?
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Disregarding the very likely possibility that Mel B’s sequin dress tonight came from Discount Universe (and has been worn by many celebrities, including Rihanna and Kesha, over the past few years), we’re going to give it a resounding zig-a-zig-ah because she’s a Spice Girl and can wear whatever the heck she wants. Rant over.
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Host Katy Perry kept it cool for her first appearance at tonight’s VMAs in an ultra-white bodycon gown by French designer Stephane Rolland. Let’s consider it her way of starting off the night with a clean slate.
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Per usual, fashion industry favorite and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi was lookin’ good and feelin’ fine tonight in a dijon yellow Zimmermann dress that’s both awards show and Fashion Week perfect. See you at the shows, Yara.
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If supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio’s intricate Balmain get-up is too much, then maybe you can try Sears? We’re only joking. But yeah, that’s a lot of look.
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We can’t think of a better candidate to channel Janet Jackson’s epic VMA look from 1995 than Teyana Taylor. She did that.
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Olivia Munn has been rocking mini dresses like nobody’s business lately, and this Nicolas Jebran look has us rethinking the concept of everywhere-embroidery. Well, it’s either that, or we’re just a sucker for hearts.
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It’s all in the details when it comes to Hailee Steinfeld’s silver Atelier Versace dress. It goes without saying that it reminds us of an Italian pillar of the Versace mansion, too. Or wait, are we just getting carried away?
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While the fashion world awaits the premiere of Peter Dundas’ eponymous line come Paris Fashion Week, the Italian designer continues to tease his vision on people like Beyoncé and now, Heidi Klum. Things are looking pretty good.