Just beating out the Grammy Awards for most outlandish and ridiculous awards show is the MTV Video Music Awards. The VMAs are notorious for controversy both on stage and on the red carpet and this year’s ceremony, held at The Forum in California. was no exception! Here’s my run down of my favourite looks from the night…
A bit of a left field choice for me at this year’s ceremony, my best dressed isn’t going to one of the performers or even a nominee, but Ms Stefani, who was presenting on of the famous moon men on the night. Not one to shy away from colour or to fly the flag for her own brand, Gwen Stefani stepped out at the VMAs in a hot pink and black bustier and pants from her L.A.M.B label. Accessorised with sheer pointed pumps, bright pink lip and messy quiff, Gwen really brought her A-Game on the night with her own brand of grown up punk-rock cool.
A very, very close second to Stefani for best dressed was this look from actress Holland Roden. I distinctly remember Holland making an impressive debut at the VMAs last year, so it’s not surprising that she’s looking just as good at this year’s event. Taking on the popular sports-lux trend Holland wore a pretty white Milly tea dress. The netting, keyhole cut-outs and silver accessories keep this ensemble blending into the backdrop and was one of the more memorable looks from the night.
I think this is a first for me, but I think Miley’s come out with a red carpet ensemble I can finally get behind in minimalist looking harem pants and a bandeau crop top by Alexandre Vaulthier. Despite the sheer amount of leather here, it’s a rather chic and sophisticated look from the singer who accompanied the look with two-tone sandals and simple make up. Perfect balance of fashion forward without a hint of try-hard, bravo Miley.
Out of all the looks on the red carpet there were two ladies that totally went out of their comfort zones.
Taylor forwent her usual Hollywood glam/sequins/gown, opting to showcase her lean, mean legs in a Mary Katrantzou jumpsuit and Ellie Saab heels. It was quite a departure for the singer, who’s new look coincides with her new sound. I know this look divided many on the night, but I personally – and obviously – think she looks amazing here, it’s great to see her confident enough to try something a bit different!
Nicki on the other hand went in the opposite direction in a thigh skimming yet long sleeved dress by Saint Laurent. Though this is a sequin snake print mini, the whole look, alongside her retro inspired hair do’ and nude pumps is rather demure for the rapper – who’s days of attention grabbing outfits seem to be behind her (at least on the red carpet!). I for one think she looks stunning here.
It’s not often the TV stars at the VMAs outshine the musicians but Laverne Cox caught my eye for all the right reasons at the ceremony. Glamming it up in a sequin black Marc Bouwer number and patent pumps, I adore the asymmetrical line of this mini and the added shoulder detail. It’s a look I would’ve expected from someone like Taylor or Selena Gomez but I love how this hugs her figure.
Another actress impressing on the red carpet this year was Nina Dobrev, who attended the ceremony wearing a Autumnal Zuhair Murad gown. I adore the draping around the bust and waist, and the detail on the belt is stunning. Paired with a high ponytail and matching coral lipstick, this was a great look the Vampire Diaries actress.
As if there was any doubt in who, once again, stole the show this year it had to be Beyonce. She stormed the VMAs this year in three show stopping outfits. She started off the night in a gothic Nicholas Jebran lace gown accompanied by some impressively large Lorraine Schwartz earrings. She then shimmied on stage in full on performance mode in a Tom Ford bodysuit, which gave the effect of a crack glass mosaic and looked amazing under the stage lights. And finally her deep red Zuhair Murad gown, which I much prefer to the red carpet look. This colour is amazing against her skin tone and lighter hair colour.