2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on August 30, 2016

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What do you say we wrap this one up and send it to bed, kittens?


Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez
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They’re adorable and they’re American heroes right now. We’re not so dumb as to start ragging on their shoe choices (a few of which …). Besides, they all did pretty good on the frock front.


Amber Rose
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This is, no lie, probably the most chic she’s ever looked. Well done, Miss Lady. That’s how you wanna look when Kanye calls you out in front of millions.



Coco Montrese, Alyssa Edwards, Roxxxy Andrews, Phi Phi O’Hara, Detox, Ginger Minj, Katya Zamolodchikova, Tatianna, and Alaska of RuPaul’s Drag Race
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God bless every damn one of these bitches. This is why you invite world class drag queens to your red carpet. Because they’ll wind up expertly parodying some of the most iconic VMAs red carpet looks of all time. Can you name them all? Don’t bother with Detoxx. That bitch wouldn’t play.


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This is, honestly, a pretty great look. Except for the ripe banana shoes, which are awful. But the cut of the suit is pretty much perfect and it was a good idea to go with a 4-button jacket. It works as a sort of shirt/jacket hybrid.



Normandi Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony
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Another drag queen who wouldn’t play with the rest of the group. Attagirl, Ally.



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Holland Roden in Kayat
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Kudos to her for picking a boldly dramatic look. It doesn’t entirely work for the venue, but she managed to stand out just by avoiding sheer, glitter, and body-con. It’s a bit on the mature side and we question the torso proportions on that jumpsuit, but she managed to stand out by being different.



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LOVE this guy’s style. He seems to be moving away from that Harlem Dandy look he did so well, which is kind of a shame. But the more we look at this tropical Star Fleet uniform, the more we’re digging it for him.



Justine Skye
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The color combination is gorgeous, but we’re afraid she’s just a bit overfringed for us.



Rita Ora in Marc Jacobs
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Whatever. It’s fine. The jacket’s nice.

We’re just going to say it: She wears a lot of very high-end, attention-seeking looks – and that’s fine. That’s kinda what we’d expect her to do. But so far, we see little evidence that she can really work a look and make it memorable. Everything she wears looks like something that someone else wore first. That may not be her fault, though. We strongly suspect if she found the right style for her, she’d work it like a champ. She just hasn’t found it yet.



Selenis Leyva
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We’d not normally suggest a pencil skirt for the VMAs, but this works, for the most part.



Tinashe in Juan Carlos Obando
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Except for the egregious length of those pant legs, this is pretty chic. It’s certainly dramatic. We wouldn’t want to drag that much shirt tail around all night, but it makes for a great picture.



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