Adam Lambert in Lanvin at the 2013 MTV VMAs

Posted on August 26, 2013

Good lord, the VMAs are challenging for a couple of fabulously bitchy fashion bloggers like us. We’d look ridiculous telling, say, Busta Rhymes that he needs to be in a suit or something. Or wagging our fingers at any random starlet for showing too much skin. It’s a fashion freak show and as such, it should be celebrated, not tut-tutted or pooh-pooh’d.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways of doing it wrong. And we are nothing without our opinions, darlings. So as much as we want to just accept Adam’s overwrought personal style, we just can’t sign off on this look:


Adam Lambert attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a Lanvin suit.

The all-grayness makes everything look drab and flat. That’s the number one issue here. We don’t like his penchant for Frankenstein shoes or makeup or the way he wears his hair and over-accessorizes, but we’ve pretty much accepted all of that as his own personal armor for getting through the world (which is exactly what personal style is). So while we don’t actually much like what he’s trying to do here, we can dig it as his thing. But even so… contrast is something some people need more than others in their clothing and Adam definitely strikes us as someone who needs it. White or black or bright pink – we don’t care what, but that shirt needed to be another color. We’re also not crazy about the open collar, which, when combined with the makeup and the jewelry and the hair, has a distinctly Lounge Lizard vibe, which doesn’t suit him at all.

And ohmigod those are the ugliest men’s shoes we’ve seen in AGES.


[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/, Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images]

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  • kmk05

    Sleazy Vegas casino mob boss!

    • Kristin McNamara

      Who the hell is the fan girl on here who down voted EVERY goddamn comment that mentioned something even *sort of* negative? I mean, good god. Open forum, people. Freedom of speech. Down vote the down vote!

      • kmk05

        Ahahaha, to have that much time on your hands 😛 They’re going to have to downvote a whole lot of people if they’re fans of Miley Cyrus on that other thread!

      • demidaemon

        Holy shit! I thought you were kidding until I looked. They even down voted TLo. That’s some balls, whoever you are.

        • Kristin McNamara

          Uhhhh YEA. And they obviously haven’t returned to the site since, or they surely would’ve down voted my post too 😉

          ETA: Oh shit! Just relooked through them again. Looks like we’ve got TWO fan girls lurking here!

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I think some of the more “heated” posts got deleted. Yikes!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I know, seriously. Look, I love Adam more than a fat kid loves cake, but to down vote people because the outfit’s not perfect and we point that out? Five Gs, girl, five Gs…

      • H2olovngrl

        Holy hell, I just scrolled through a bunch of the comments. This post is comedy GOLD. Those people are crazy!

  • bxbourgie

    I was ok with it all until the shoes. Really Adam? You WANT Frankenstein feet? Is that what you REALLY want?

    • 3boysful

      Maybe a colored tee, and shoes that don’t look like platform ski boots.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Yes, cross country ski boots!

    • leahpapa

      Felt the same way. It was “meh” and sort of not-my-taste-but-not-the-worst-he’s-done until I scrolled down. Just ruins the silhouette of the leg completely.

    • Introspective

      he doesnt necessarily want frankenfeet. he wants the rumors that usually swirl around big footed men to swirl around him…

      get into adam’s makeup job though. easy breezy beautiful freshfaced realness. bitch his face is serving!! some of these starlets need to poach the gays on adam’s team stat.

      • queenrosered

        He doesn’t NEED any “rumors” about men with big feet. He wears a size 11 and 1/2 shoe and is 6’1″ tall in bare feet so yeah, his feet look big because they ARE.Of ALL the men at the VMAs last night, from head to toe he is the best dressed! (And probably the most expensively dressed for those who think ANYTHING about his fashion is “cheap”) LOL! He is the best all around, straight or gay, what does it matter? Should it? You got this one wrong T & L, sorry! o

        • Glam Dixie

          Calm down, honey, I’m pretty sure it was a joke.

          • queenrosered

            I know that Dixie which is why I actually have the comment a “like” honey! 😉 kthanx! o

    • jen_vasm

      If you are going to rock Frankenfeet with Lanvin, PLEASE do not buy them off the sale rack at PayLess.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        “Frankenfeet”! I love Glambert to bits, but – heee! Yeah, you made me giggle.

  • Those truly are some aggressively ugly shoes. It looks like he’s having some correction done to his feet. Also, I want that shirt placket pressed and starched, thank you.

    • LipstickForPigs

      Aggressively ugly is the most perfect descriptor for that footwear. Well done.

    • ♪ glameyeam ♪

      Why? It’s most likely silk and is supposed to ‘drape’ somewhat.

  • Hue Hefner’s pajamas and Frankenstein’s shoes and George Micheal’s facial hair.

  • mmebam

    I saw so many T-shirts, baggy short/jeans, and sneakers, that this is the most perfectly fitting tux right about now.

  • lobsterlen

    Different shoes and I would have highly approved of this look for Adam. However the shoes completely ruin it. I might declare those shoes as the ugliest shoes of both genders I have seen.

  • SophiaPehawkins

    Those shoes are a mix of orthopedic and torture devices. Not cute.

  • purpleprose78

    Every time I time I see him I think “Elvis!” And thus, I think he needs to wear bedazzled onesies and big sunglasses.

  • BayTampaBay

    A plain white T-Shirt would have gone a long way with making this suit look better and balanced out the Frankenshoes.

  • alyce1213

    I like everything except the shoes.

  • Diego!

    This is the definition of #TeamEdward But, WTF are thoese… “boots”??? OMG they are hideous, please throw them away! I think he needs some serious editing here.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I have nothing nice to say about this. No, wait, I do. He has a nice face. And to continue being nice, I’m going to ignore everything south of his face.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      It’s true, he has a very handsome face.

  • It was the nails that pushed it over the acceptable edge for me.

  • marlie

    Haaaaaaate the shoes. HATE. I’d be ok with the pants if they didn’t look like he spilled something all over his lap before he got out of the limo.

    • H2olovngrl

      Agreed! Those shoes look cheap.(and yes, fangurls, I realize they were NOT). Grey is all well and fine, but they are the ugliest grey I have seen in a long time. I would love to see him sometime dressed like a regular Joe. He’s a good-looking guy under all that armor. I bet he would be quite striking.

  • Danielle

    He must have the same makeup artist Taylor does.

  • Nopinkertons

    He appears not to be wearing socks with those awful shoes. Somehow that makes them about 10x worse.

  • kbshee

    His shoes are rollerblade boots sans rollerblade wheels.

  • WendyD

    I love Adam, but OMG, those shoes and that facial hair and pretty much that whole suit have got to go.
    He needs to bring back the leather pants and embrace a good t-shirt.

  • MilaXX

    Considering it’s the VMA’s, the only thing I fault him for here are those shoes. Seriously they make it look like the only thing missing are the bolts coming out his neck.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    those shoes??? he was paid to use them??

  • YoungSally


    • lobsterlen


  • YoungSally

    TLo – Are the VMAs really that more challenging than say the CMAs??

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Those shoes go into the category of “Someone thought it was a good idea to design those? And then someone ELSE thought it was a good idea to manufacture them? And then someone ELSE ELSE thought it was a good idea to wear them?!”

    • marlie

      A whole series of bad decisions went into the making of those shoes.

      • Stella Zawistowski

        HA! I smell a new T.Lo category for truly hideous items: “A Series of Unfortunate Decisions.”

        • marlie

          It could be curated by the Bitter Kittens.

  • Jacquelyn

    Those shoes are horrendous. What up, VMA people? Why all the bad shoes this year? The shirt could have been a different color to make him stand out a little more. The monochromatic-ness of the whole look is a big issue. The nailpolish, the hair, the accessories are very Adam, I know, but is honestly not helping him here. Pick one thing, get a different shirt, and burn those shoes and then come back.

    • Denise Plank

      Maybe everyone is thoughtfully using the Bell wall?

  • Kate Andrews

    I hope you guys are going to tackle Jared Leto’s look today. Can I put in a request?

  • Zaftiguana

    Oh yikes, he’s really aging himself in an unflatteringly skeezy way here. Something tells me that that wasn’t his goal.

  • sagecreek

    I could have gone for it without the shoes.

  • adamluv1000

    I loved the suit and shirt. However, the shoes are something else. Adam looked wonderful though. He is wearing so much less makeup and working out and it shows.

  • ∞ Mary, Please ∞ S4A

    Makeup? there is no makeup. He hasn’t been wearing any for eons now. Where have you boys been?

    • Eric Stott

      He stopped wearing it when his girlfriend said she didn’t like it

    • Get your eyes checked, dear.

  • lobsterlen

    In addition to looking ugly those shoes look cheap and plastic.

  • Trisha26

    Love the suit, love the shoes, totally agree about the shirt. Hate the facial hair. Where are you seeing makeup? (He hasn’t worn nail polish in a while so this is cool.) The ear gauges plus a few rings look fine to me.

  • mjude

    shoes look like ortho shoes with homemade belts attached.

    • Eric Stott

      Project Runway “Make Shoes” assignment?

  • Annie WT

    Wow you guys seriously have no taste! Adam was by far the best dressed man in the house! Class and style!!

  • Kathleen Stoughton-Trahan

    You guys are out of touch. He is not a Harvard lawyer he is a rock star. If you want preppy sweaters tied around his neck it ain’t gonna happen. He looked hot as hell and that suit and shoes were smokin’

  • DamH

    Looks like he’s wearing socks in sandals.

    • Eric Stott

      Oh GOD YES! Now I can’t unsee that!

  • Akemi

    He has the worst taste in shoes in general, tbh.

  • Barbara Affolter

    When did cute little Adam Lambert become Gay Dave Navarro? Gross.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    White trash with money

  • Mismarker

    Adam, do not pass GO. Do not collect $200. Proceed directly to the nearest dumpster and throw those ugly ass shoes away.

  • fromthegreyfort

    Even Adam Lambert himself admits he gets it wrong sometimes, but be careful guys, you are riling up the Glamberts and that’s a beast you’d best not awaken.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It really wasn’t all that bad until the frankenshoes.

  • Zorkness

    While he could absolutely make some tweaks, I think he continues to evolve a style. He is a work in progress. I think he kinda smokes here. I actually like the open collar. The whole “lounge lizard” look is an evocative style. OK, I agree, the shoes suck….

  • grandduchess

    I respectively
    disagree with your assessment of this outfit. Monochromatic may not be your choke
    of fashion but this outfit is done perfectly.
    Different shades of grey, a mix and match of different textures with
    perfect tailoring. The Color palette complements both his hair color and skin
    tone His accessories while minimal, just rings along with his nail color, also
    adds texture. His shoes add a playful note to more formal items. His look could
    in fact be used as a how to for Monochromatic dressing.

  • Jason

    Loved the look and the shoes. tom & lorenzo are too conservative and apparantly so are most of their readers.

  • defyingcreon

    I dunno. I don’t like the shoes, but everything else looks good. His face is sans eyeshadow, liner, GLITTER!, and while I don’t like the facial hair, it is purposeful and well-groomed. He’s also scaled way back on the jewelry and is applying it in a more mature way. Think this is a step forward, but perhaps he could have taken it with different footwear.

  • AnnPopovic

    Nope, I LOVE it. He makes me wish I was a gay man ’cause AH LOVE HIM and I think he looks delish! He’s Space Elvis an’ that’s what blue suede shoes look like in the future! LOVE all the grey it makes you notice one thing: HIS SPARKLY EYES! It’s all a stage for that face that face that face! LOVE him, LOVE his over-the-top looks and yes. In a world where everything’s derivative you look at him and it FEELS NEW!

    • formerlyAnon

      I am laughing so hard.

  • seashellz51

    LMAO.. come on people… Adam fans are being trolled! Recognize it for what it is! Its called “Lets diss Adam Lambert cuz we know we will get tons of defensive hits to our lowly little blog” LOL.. come on peeps. Adam was the best dressed male there. Period. I think T & L just cant handle so much fabulosity that they just dont know how to handle it. Its a defense mechanism….LOLOL

    • Honey, this blog gets ten million hits a month. You Lambert fans en masse couldn’t even drive this post into our top 100 if you tried.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Whenever TLo put up an Adam Lambert post I imagine them chanting his name backwards three times before hitting post so they can summon the crazy to the comments thread.

  • Are they one pair of shoes? They look like men’s shoes strapped into women’s shoes. hmmm…

    • ♪ glameyeam ♪

      Actually if you look them up they are two separate pieces. Very avant garde Depression Transformer Creepers.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Those aren’t shoes, they’re ski boots.

  • Imasewsure

    I thought the flip flops when last week were the worst RC shoe ever…. but these are definitely the ugliest ever!!

  • formerlyAnon

    I agree he needed a shirt of some color, and one more button done up. I’d have let the shoes slide, though my personal preference would have been for stacked heel boots.

    But overall, for him and “his look” I think he got more right than wrong.

  • decormaven

    I’m ok with this look for the VMAs, but it calls for a strongly-colored pocket square. And better shoes. Those shoes make corrective footwear look comfy.

  • nannypoo

    Such a handsome man, it should be so easy to look good.

  • sekushinonyanko

    I’m aware of how weird it is to like this look, but I totally do. A black shirt would have been SO Russian mafia, and I think the hair and facial hair is kinda sexy.

  • Patrick Cleary

    The shoes look a bit like ski boots.

  • Janet B

    Platforms strapped to shoes?
    Give them to Tom Cruise, he could use the extra height.

  • nomoreprinces

    Liberace wants his PJs back.

  • MaggieMae

    I appreciate that he is well groomed and seems clean & showered (Ahem, Brad Pitt).

    It’s definitely his look. Hate the shoes. Like the suit on him. On the fence about monochrome (grey shirt) or going with a bright color. Hair is dated, but works for him.

  • conniemd

    Is it just the lighting and the way the material reflects or is it two-toned? Because in a couple of shots it looks like the material is darker in a band right across the crotch and that’s never a good thing to have (put discreetly)

    • ♪ glameyeam ♪

      The fabric has a diagonal stiff but low pile on it I think and thus, like some corduroys, changes shade with direction.

  • Margarita

    Really? He looks great! Dat man has perfect taste !

  • VioletFem

    From a distance, his outfit looks very furry.

  • Eric Stott

    Did Karen design those shoes?

  • bertkeeter

    All black would be better than this 10 different grey melange thing going on. Those shoes….yikes! Adam looks great face and bod wise…has slimmed down..WERQ!

  • lovetheusa1776

    Maybe there’s no contrast because he’s standing in front of a grey background in a grey suit. Put a different color behind him and see the difference. Whatever – he looks smashing. Adds some elegance to that tacky show.

  • Glam Dixie

    I hate the shoes but otherwise he is fabulous. I love him, his voice is my happy place.

  • Heather

    Those shoes are very Junkman’s Daughter, 1992.

  • MitchellGilburne

    Funny, I think the shoes are the one element that could be intelligently repurposed…at least I could make them work.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Liberace meets Frankenstein. It’s an odd combo.

  • Rebecca Jay

    Such a handsome fellow.

    • queenrosered

      “Such a handsome fellow” Love your comment Rebecca. I think that’s something almost ALL of us can agree on!

  • AnneElliot

    If it wasn’t for those hideous shoes I’d give him a pass. A pink shirt would definitely have helped. Or bright blue.

  • JauntyJohn

    Too safe.
    Basically, it’s a suit.
    It’s a suit with the pattern from a wallpaper I saw once in a bathroom in Miami in 1978, but basically, it’s a suit.
    I can’t decide if the shoes are punkadellic or orthopedic, but they’re the only pop of interest I fear.

    Still, I love him and I think it’s harder being the “Town Gay” sometimes than we might think, progress not withstanding, even at the VMA’s.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    While I agree that the shoes are weird, and a brightly colored shirt would have been nice, I do really like 95% of this look.

  • Sarah Thomas

    He looks like Isotope.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    shoes? I thought those were ski boots…you know…VMAs, the slopes…
    please Adam, don’t they make rental Chest Hair? and bring back the guy liner!
    I used to luv you…but you are teetering into self douchy/smugness/arogance (sp?). What happened to the ‘wow, what talent!’ Adam?

  • Fred Vaughn

    GLambert is the rare man I’d ever say “Don’t fuck with facial hair AT ALL!” to…

  • kalisa

    Color his hair red and he’s Mr. Heat Miser.

    • Celandine1

      Like times 1000! I was thinking he looked like he was playing the devil in a Vegas musical about selling your soul to make it to the “big time.” But Heat Miser it’s so much funnier. Now I can’t get that song out of my head LOL.

  • Robin

    Adam isn’t wearing make up. He hasn’t been for quite a while now. I love his outfit, including the shoes. They add the contrast you want and they also add interest. His hair looks fabulous. The only jewelry he’s wearing, besides his ear gauges, are a few rings which you can barely see in these pictures. To nitpick someone’s outfit just to nitpick is childish. Please grow up. Thank you.

  • guest2visits

    I don’t hate this. In fact the closer I get… the better it looks. Some stylish black shoes would have given better contrast to all the grey. Great looking hair and face.

  • dalgirl

    Ortho-equestrian footwear!

  • another_laura

    Those shoes, I’m barfing over here.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    A perfect 10 on the Fug Shoe scale. Fugtastic.

  • Tarquin

    He’d be so hot if he just toned everything-to-fuck-down.

  • lafoutloud16

    Those shoes look like what Hannibal Lecter would wear on his feet.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    How can Adam Lambert wear something tacky and trashy to the VMAs and it still come off as low key and dowdy? Teh Ghey are disappoint.

  • Turtle_Island

    I think he looks great.

  • Pterodactyl111

    He just looks like a mammoth douchebag all the time.

  • CommentsByKatie

    He looks like one of the brothers from the old ‘Night at the Roxbury’ sketches.

  • quiltrx

    Looking for the positives…well, I like the jacket, and I was right that his messy-beard not long ago would look much better groomed up. There the positives end.

  • lilyvonschtupp

    Doesn’t he always dress like this? No biggie.

  • It’s okay. No different than what he almost always does. A pink shirt would have really set this off, and I don’t mind the Frankenstein so much shoes given the venue.

  • Fordzo

    I think my grandma had to wear shoes just like that when she as a girl to correct a club foot. Maybe they’re needed for orthopedic reasons and we should all judge him gently.

  • valerie saenz

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if Adam’s shoes lit up when he walked? Shoe lights would save this *look*.

  • valerie saenz

    Also, Adam looks a little sad here. Where is the usual twinkle in his eyes? Something is bothering him …. besides wearing all gray.

  • Eric Stott

    There seems to have been a SERIOUS down voting campaign from some Lambert fans here. “It we offended you by questioning Adam Lambert’s taste – SO WHAT?”

    • That’s nothing. A bunch of them screencapped your joke about his having a girlfriend and passed it around on twitter to discuss how stupid you are. Another bunch (all middle-aged women) found a newspaper article about our engagement and passed around the link to discuss how fat, old, and bald we are. BECAUSE WE SAID HIS SHOES WERE UGLY.

      We’re not talking about stable people.

      • Clearly.
        Did they hold a planning a meeting? Do they click the symbol and cry out with giddy glee at the power -coughdelusionalcough- of their vicious little arrow? Sad.

        • Eric Stott

          They probably think that if they do it enough times Adam Lambert will give them a fabulous gold prize.

      • Eric Stott

        good lord…as long as they don’t start stalking me I feel almost honored. “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Adam Lambert’s Girlfriend Meme started HERE!”

    • marlie

      Clearly, those Lambert fans miss the point about this being a place where we are free to discuss what we like and dislike about what someone’s wearing, and that not liking the (hideous) shoes that someone has on isn’t any sort of reflection about what any of us think about his talent. Also, nowhere does it say that anyone would rather him dress like he belongs at a country club, but that seems to be the way that some fans interpret the critique, as well.

  • ♪ glameyeam ♪

    Awww Adam, it’s tough being a fashion forward fella, isn’t it? Personally I liked the ‘shades of grey’, the varied textures of your ensemblel and I loved the cutting edge funky shoes. Many of us have sent kudo’s on to those designers of the Depression Transformer Creepers. Fashion, like art and music, is a matter of personal taste.

  • Guest

    You know you’ve struck a nerve with the fangurs and fanbois when every single post even remotely critical of him gets blanket downvotes.

  • Corsetmaker

    Blind fandom baffles me! So George Michael Jnr was there then….