Darlings, the MTV Awards were surprisingly high-fashion this year, which means that this rundown has more than its usual share of both cray and chicness. Even so, we’ve spent enough time breaking down some of the bigger looks of the night, so it’s time to shove the remainder together, get them all good and judged, and send them on their way.
Amandla Stenberg in Louis Vuitton
Cute enough, if a little heavy on the details. Could’ve done without the overdone shoes or the drawstring hem on the top.
Our love for her on Schitt’s Creek is tempering our response, but this is not great. A bit shapeless, with an awkward length and a fuzzy, unphotogenic quality to the textile.
Aubrey Plaza in Elisabetta Franchi
What a cute Christmas party dress.
Camila Mendes in Elisabetta Franchi
Yuck. That bodice design is simply unattractive. The print doesn’t really marry well with lace.
Dacre Montgomery in Strong
Serving up Hot ’80s Douche realness.
Daniel Levy in Emporio Armani
We don’t care what you think; we love the pants length on him. Also the jacket. So there.
Halsey in Julien MacDonald
It’s a bit Adult Video Awards, but that’s not the worst thing for a pop star at an MTV event.
We love all the guys playing around with gender expectations on the red carpet and bringing skirts into the conversation in a real way, but why do so many of them pick these sort of Judi Dench-esque ensembles. There’s a strange sort of matronly vibe to this, although the idea behind it is fabulous.
Kristen Bell in Julien Macdonald
Feels stale, to be blunt about it.
Lakeith Stanfield in Dolce&Gabbana
He looks flipping amazing.
Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo
Yes, Lena’s wearing a Shirley Chisholm t-shirt on the red carpet. That’s so fabulous it supercedes anything else we might have to say.
Lili Reinhart in Izeta
Hair and makeup look great, but the dress is forgettable.
Madelaine Petsch in Prada
Prada doing a Barbie gown should be an automatic win, but it doesn’t really do much for her.
Mandy Moore in Alberta Ferretti
We honestly don’t like anything she’s got going on here, but it’s all a decent attempt to go high-fashion and high-impact without veering off into disaster, like she’s prone to doing.
Nick Jonas in Saint Laurent
Works for us.
This may be the first time we’ve made a non-snarky comment about him.
Quincy Brown in Michael Cinco
Romeo Miller in Topman
Love this one too, but we wish he’d worn an undershirt and buttoned his jacket.
Storm Reid in Viktor & Rolf
Rather surprisingly chic and elegant.
By all rights, nothing he’s wearing should work with anything else he’s wearing, but for some reason, we don’t mind any of it.
Yara Shahidi in Tory Burch
Fabulous suit in a great color, but we’re not convinced on the footwear choice.
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