What’s Going on the Red Carpet? (MTV Video Awards)
The MTV Video Music Awards are known for being kind of weird, and this year was definitely not short of “OMG WTF” moments made for pre-teens to excitedly Tweet about; Nicki Minaj spent the entire performance of “Bang Bang,” with fellow divas Ariana Grande and Jessie J, holding her own dress together, Beyonce and family shared a little moment in front of the whole world, and Miley Cyrus put a homeless man on stage. Oh, and they gave out some awards too (I’m sorry, am I getting old? Who are “Fifth Harmony” and why are they the Artist to Watch? How is “Best Lyric Video” even a thing!?)
Of course, in the midst of the chaos, there were beautiful (and not so beautiful) clothes; so I’m just going to focus on that, because I can do that, I am comfortable with doing that.
A cheekily exposed leg was clearly the go-to accessory of the evening, with a whole host of stars going for the trusty gown-with-a-high-slit look. Indeed, Jennifer Lopez took the trend one step further with her Charbel Zoe sparkling gown, which was probably more cut outs than gown. She showed off a pair of white Jimmy Choo’s, and finished the look off with dash of silver around her eyes; I’m afraid I’m not a fan at all, I actually think this looks like something one might purchase from the dodgy woman selling cheap knock-offs down the market.
I felt much the same about Rita Ora’s crimson Donna Karan Atelier gown, although the diamond choker with which she accessorized didn’t help, conjouring to mind the encrusted dog collars that over-indulgent dog-owners buy their pets.
Demi Lovato was also a lady in red; she paired her red Lanvin gown with a red lip, a red Charlotte Olympia clutch and a red Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. It’s probably a bit too much red for my taste, if I’m honest; I’m not big on matchy-matchy looks like this.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift went for something a little different for her red carpet look. This pale blue body suit from the Mary Kantrantzou Resort 2015 collection, paired with Elie Saab ankle boots, has drawn a mixed opinion from the public eye. I for one am on the fence with it; whilst it does look like something you might dress a baby in, there’s something about it which makes it hard for me to completely hate. Perhaps its the cool shade of blue, or the refreshing feeling of seeing something that is not cut-out or see through, but I actually think she manages to make it work; just about.
Miss Swift later took to the stage to perform her new single, “Shake it Off,” in a bespoke Lorena Sarbu design which was just made for shaking. The crop top and shorts are entirely hand-beaded with Swarovski crystals, and the simple silver sandals finish off the glitzy look with a flourish. For some reason, this reminded me of something that Josephine Baker might have worn, and I like it.
Taylor wasn’t the only one flying the flag for the crop top trend either, as Miley Cyrus showed. I’m not a huge fan of Miss Cyrus, but this isn’t a bad look, showing a slightly more mature side of MC than we’ve seen recently. The leather drop to and high waisted pants from Alexandre Vaultheir ‘s Fall 2014 couture collection are tough-girl sophistication at it’s best, although I do think the trousers are like something a genie would wear. But hey, its better than the whole giant foam finger thing, right?
In my humble opinion, however, Jourdan Dunn bested Miley in the crop top department. Paired with a full length black skirt, the outfit from Balmain Resort’s 2015 collection was possibly one of my favourite of the evening. Her sharp bob and the rings adorning every finger added just the right amount of edge whilst retaining an a sense of class.
I was also a fan of Michelle Williams’ monochrome Roberto Cavalli halter neck gown, and (to my surprise) Kendall Jenner’s Alon Livne mesh top and trousers; with the simple gold choker and clutch, I thought this look was sexy and sophisticated without trying too hard, or being too revealing.
Lorde avoided the red carpet as usual, but a photo uploaded on her instagram shows her in all her glamorous goth best in a velvet jumpsuit from Chanel’s Fall 2014 collection. Her sleek curls and dark lipstick top off the look with a dark sophistication which proves that goth’s all grown up.
Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian did show up in an unusual Balmain mini dress, evidently having left her neckline at home. I personally think that this silhouette makes Miss Kardashian looks a little boxy, not flattering her figure at all; I thought that model Joan Smalls worked the Slightly-Weird-Balmain-Mini-Look better than Kim K.
Laverne Cox of “Orange is the New Black” fame veered dangerously close to the edge of tacky in a sparkling Mark Bouwer mini from the Fall 2013 collection. However, she somehow manages to pull it off, perhaps thanks to the clean, asymmetrical lines of the hem and the neck. Her Johanna Johnson hand chain also works well; statement jewels would have just turned her into a bauble, but the delicate addition compliments the gown without being over the top about it.
Meanwhile, Gwen Stefani made sure to avoid the potentially awkward situation of wearing the same outfit as another guest by donning a self-designed L.A.M.B ensemble. Statement jewels by Lorraine Schwartz and a pair of black pumps finish off the look with a punch.
And then, of course, Katy Perry and Riff Raff ensured that they weren’t caught wearing the same outfits as another couple by wearing something that no-one else sane would ever be seen in; unless you count Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears back in 2001. The then-couple famously wore similar denim atrocities to the VMAs 13 years ago, and Katy Perry and Riff Raff’s sartorial choice is a clear throwback. On the one hand, the Atelier Versace ensembles are hideous, but on the other hand, its the VMAs, and its good to retain a sense of humour in the face of that fact; why not rock out some ironic denim?
However, as is the case more often than not, Beyoncé waltzed in and stole the show. She began the night in a beautiful, long-sleeved Nicolas Jebran couture gown, with a wonderful sequinned embellishment and spiderweb netting. Her shimmering smokey eye with a nude lip completed the look, which I loved; all apart from the statement Lorraine Schwartz earrings, which remind me a bit of fossils.
For her performance, she went for a Tom Ford body suit, which of course looked flawless.
After the show and armed with her Michael Jackson Music Video Vanguard Awards, she donned another long-sleeved gown, this time from Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2014 collection. I actually probably prefer this dress to her first of the evening; its so very classy and I love the colour!
Which looks did you love at this year’s VMAs?