2022 MTV VMAs Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on August 30, 2022

You can check out all of our 2022 VMAs red carpet coverage here, but it’s time to round up all the stragglers and get them good and judged. The themes this year were apparently: 1) Tacky, 2) Cutouts (which is really just another way of saying “tacky”), and bold colors. Let’s assess!

 

 

Ashley Graham in Houghton

It just looks awkward to us. The cutouts are in weird spots, the neckline is ugly, and the hem is either way too long or slightly too short (we tend toward the former). And if you’re going to do a safety pin dress, why work so hard to obscure that they’re actually safety pins?

 

 

 

Ava Max in Coperni

We had to laugh. It’s ridiculous, but it’s so on-point for the setting. We said back during lockdown that celebrity style was going to get insanely tacky when everything got back to so-called normal. Granted, the VMAs have always been tacky, but the cutout, visible thong and utterly ludicrous glitter platforms are like the trifecta of tacky fashion.

 

 

 

Avril Lavigne

We would expect no different from her. That’s not a dig. She’s got a look and she’s sticking to it. It would be weird if she showed up in some tacky little dress or something.

 

 

 

Bad Bunny

Sure. Okay. We might have gotten a little annoyed with this, but he had a concert to do and when he hit the stage, he looked impeccable.

 

 

 

Bebe Rexha in Vivienne Westwood

The dress is okay, but a little underwhelming. The neckline’s way too wide, proportionally speaking.

 

 

 

Becky G in Zuhair Murad Couture

This is pretty fabulous. We don’t love the side cutouts, but we appreciate how they highlight the impeccable fit.

 

 

 

Billy Eichner

We love Billy in the way that only two obnoxiously opinionated queens can love another obnoxiously opinionated queen, so in the interests of being obnoxiously opinionated, we don’t think that shirt is working for him at all.

 

 

Brendon Urie

It’s not particularly interesting, but we can’t get mad at it.

 

 

Chloe Bailey in Zigman

It’s a little over-designed, but the fit is spectacular and she looks amazing in it.

 

 

 

Colton Haynes in Dior Homme

That green was the most popular color of the night and we’re surprised at how many people managed to pull it off. This looks pretty great on him, although the sleeves are a bit long.

 

 

 

Conan Gray in Harris Reed

Bringing new meaning to the word “bridegroom.” We kinda love this. It’s weird, but in a really interesting and beautiful way.

 

 

 

Dylan O’Brien in Bode

We said that we liked this in our Cosmopolitan writeup – and we still do, largely because Bode’s form of retro Boho really appeals to us – but we didn’t realize how pajama-like the fit was. We’d like this a bit more if it was cut a little closer to conventional suiting.

 

 

 

J Balvin in Louis Vuitton

Suits are starting to get super-tricky lately, aren’t they? Oversized, slouchy cuts are in, but we still maintain that you have to keep the hems in the correct proportion if you don’t want to look like you’re wearing something several sizes too large for you. Hem those pants and sleeves. Love the hair, though.

 

 

 

Kane Brown

A little sloppy in the presentation, but it’s a pretty good look.

 

 

Khalid in Versace

This is fun and eye-catching, but we don’t like the shoes at all and we wish the long sleeves had been a little more tapered and fitted.

 

 

 

Latto in Lado Bokuchava

We know we should probably hate this, but the color looks great on her and we’re impressed how she’s managing to pull off all that foofaraw on the front. It has a fun, candy-colored cartoon fashion vibe and that feels just right for her.

 

 

Lili Reinhart in Fendi

We like the idea of combining all these wildly different laces in one garment. We just wish it wasn’t so shapeless. She looks a little overwhelmed by it.

 

 

 

Offset

Love it. No notes.

 

 

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers

They are who they are. All things considered, it could’ve been a lot worse. We think Chad has the best suit, although it’s not nearly as focus pulling as Anthony’s. Flea’s shorts look way too big on him.

 

 

 

Sabrina Carpenter in Moschino

A classic example of how cutouts can ruin a perfectly good dress. We realize she’s young and hot and these are the VMAs, but imagine how much cuter this would look without the cutouts.

 

 

 

Snoop Dogg

Again, we would expect no different from a classic. It’s an interesting take on athleisure wear, although it looks hellaciously hot. LOVE the Chucks.

 

 

 

Sofia Carson in Carolina Herrera

We appreciate the drama of the look, but it feels way more appropriate for a premiere red carpet or even a more conventional awards show. The bust is too fussy, though.

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for MTV/Paramount Global, Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV/Paramount Global, Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for MTV/Paramount Global]

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