MTV VMA Recap: The Good, The Bad and the 90s Flashbacks

We’re going to do things a little differently this week. You see…the VMAs were last night (which we’re covering today) and for some odd reason, the Emmy Awards are tonight (who else is rushing home from work tonight to catch the red carpet?). So where does that leave Trend Tuesday? Well, we’ve been very neglectful of this blog lately, so with two days dedicated to red carpets, we’re going to do two days dedicated to Trend Tuesday. Then we’re going to rejoice it’s Labor Day Weekend because I think I speak for everyone when I say “Ohhh my godddddd don’t be over summer, but yayyyyy three-day weekend!” I have to say, I was thinking of doing superlatives for this red carpet, but although there are some that could TOTALLY fit that idea, the majority of these looks are “wow, she looks great!” So without further ado, a rundown:

Miley Cyrus in Maison Martin Margiela.

Miley Cyrus in Maison Martin Margiela.

Well, well, well, what a difference a year makes. While last year was all about dancing bears, getting creepy with Robin Thicke and those annoying horn buns, this year is sleek Miley with an edge. I, for one, welcome this new look. The leather ensemble is adorable and the crop top was definitely the trend of the night. (T)Werk it girl.

Chloe Moretz in Louis Vuitton.

Chloe Moretz in Louis Vuitton.

Okay, if we were doing superlatives, this would be “VMA outfit my mom is most likely to wear.” Seriously, Chloe is 17 years old and this outfit is made for a 47-year-old. No dice. If this was a movie premiere, it’d be a little more acceptable. Or lose the pants, throw on a leather mini and call it a day, but as it stands right now this is too “ladies who lunch.”

Arianna Grande in Moschino.

Arianna Grande in Moschino.

Question: is this Arianna Grande’s “badass” phase? I’m confused because the weird ponytail is still there, but now instead of weird 60s-inspired dresses she’s rocking leather mini dresses and thigh-high boots. I mean seriously, I expected Nicki Minaj to show up in this (we’ll get to her in a minute). It’s perfect for the VMAs, though, so bravo!

Kim Kardashian in Balmain.

Kim Kardashian in Balmain.

This is the most “Kim Kardashian” that Kim Kardashian has looked in years (you know, before the whole Extreme Makeover: Kanye edition). And yet it is kind of just a mess. Maybe it’s the awful hair. Maybe it’s the weird sleeves. I don’t know, but if you’re the least impressive Kardashian on the red carpet you need to rethink your priorities.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner in unknown.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner in unknown.

I haven’t been able to track down who the Jenner sisters are wearing, but I really like Kendall’s outfit. It’s smart, it’s sleek, it’s something you expect from a supermodel. Kylie, on the other hand, is increasingly looking more like Lorde by the day (have we ever seen them at the same time?), so there’s that.

Rita Ora in DKNY.

Rita Ora in Donna Karan.

Here’s Rita Ora challenging her best Jessica Rabbit – I can’t even take credit for that hot take, because it’s been EVERYWHERE – but it’s true. I can’t help but feel like, as sexy as this dress is, it doesn’t do her any justice. Rita Ora is a gorgeous girl, but I just think this isn’t super flattering. Maybe it’s the flimsy fabric or the cutouts, but something isn’t working.

Katy Perry and Riff Raff in amazingness.

Katy Perry and Riff Raff in custom Versace.

Oh my god these outfits. I haven’t fangirled about the VMAs of my youth so much before, but I. just. can’t. even. Yet with the gaudy jewelry (rather than JT and Britney’s diamonds), this is like a Jersey Shore-esque version, and for some reason that just makes it that much more epic. These are my best dressed picks just for the sheer amazingness (though maybe not ACTUAL best dressed).

Taylor Swift in Mary Katrantzou.

Taylor Swift in Mary Katrantzou.

Ugh, I guess we have to talk about this. How is it that Taylor Swift can show up in a super short romper and still manage to bore me? Also, what are those shoes? They don’t go at all. I feel like this onesie belongs in an ice skating competition or on Dancing With the Stars. I don’t know, it’s just such a yawn for me, but I feeling others will disagree.

Demi Lovato in unknown.

Demi Lovato in unknown.

Looking a little too like Rita Ora looking a little too like Jessica Rabbit is Demi Lovato. I’ve yet to find out who made this dress, but I actually like this style much better than I did for Ora. Kind of not a fan of the matching clutch, but whatever we can let it slide I guess. I personally think the hair is fierce, definitely works well for the dress.

Solange in H&M.

Solange in H&M.

We saw Jay-Z backstage, so hopefully there weren’t any elevator scuffles (sorry – had to). Solange’s style is so unique, so while I might normally hate this outfit on someone else, I think it really works for her. Also it totally looks like something from Stella McCartney’s latest collection, so the fact that it’s H&M got me even more excited!

 

Jennifer Lopez in Charbel Zoe.

Jennifer Lopez in Charbel Zoe.

Personally, I think we need to submit Jennifer Lopez to science because she’s the Benjamin Button of real life. How does she keep getting younger?! And what are those abs?! I love this dress and applaud her for showing off her awesome body. She clearly worked hard for it so it needs to be on display.

Nicki Minaj in unknown.

Nicki Minaj in unknown.

No one is reporting on who made this dress because they’re too busy going crazy over the fact she dressed for her “Anaconda” theme. I love her simple makeup and soft curls. We’re used to seeing Minaj as essentially a cartoon character, it’s nice that she chose to dress for her latest phase while still reminding us of her natural beauty.

Iggy Azalea in Versace.

Iggy Azalea in Versace.

Am I the only person who didn’t love this dress on Iggy Azalea? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Lady Gaga wear it before, but it just falls flat for me here. I think I would have preferred a little volume in the hair. The sleeked-back style isn’t doing this any justice and the gown’s color washes her out. Not a fan.

Kesha in Johanna Johnson.

Kesha in Johanna Johnson.

I continue to love Kesha in her new post-rehab phase. Gone are the days of glitter and ill-fitting costumes and her glamorous curls and gorgeous gowns are a welcome addition to the wardrobe. While I’m not usually crazy about rainbow hair, I like that it adds a bit of color to this pale gown. Super cute.

Amber Rose in unknown.

Amber Rose in unknown.

As the title of the post suggests, there’s a new Rose McGowan in town and her name is Amber Rose. The problem with this (even Katy suffers a similar problem), it’s been there done that. Unless you can somehow make a chainmail dress look BETTER than the original, I say opt out. However, Amber’s a risk-taker so it doesn’t surprise me she wore it so confidently.

Beyonce in Nicolas Jebran.

Beyonce in Nicolas Jebran.

I mean, you know my thoughts on Queen B. I have to say, though, when I first saw this dress I thought she recycled from her Inauguration look. Then I immediately remembered that this is Beyonce and she would never wear the same dress twice, particularly in high-profile settings. Also: haters to the left because Jay/Bey’s love is for real.

So who makes my best dressed of the VMAs if it’s not Beyonce?

Gwen Stefani in custom L.A.M.B.

Gwen Stefani in custom L.A.M.B.

My love for Gwen Stefani goes way back. No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom” was my very first CD, and I had posters of the band all over my room. Perhaps most alarming: in all of these years I’ve gotten taller, fatter and entered my 20s, while Gwen Stefani has popped out three kids and still doesn’t look a day over 25. For that, I hate her. But not really because I’m pretty sure she remains my favorite person in Hollywood. This custom outfit looks gorgeous on her, and the benefit of owning the line that creates it means it fits her like a glove. Gorgeous all around!

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