We have come to expect the unexpected when it comes to the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, and this year was no exception. What proved to be really surprising, though, was how many stars opted for relatively safe looks by MTV standards. Sure, a few celebs took a chance by sporting some unconventional ensembles like over-the-top jumpsuits, but a lot of attendees went for a more glamorous vibe. Floor-length gowns and significant embellishments were favored, while bright colors took a backseat to black, white, and metallic hues. The one area of exaggeration came in the form of extreme hairstyles and statement jewelry. Here’s a rundown of some of the more memorable looks from last night’s awards.
The all-over sequin floral print on Katy’s black Elie Saab Fall 2004 Couture gown really stood out on the red carpet. Katy polished off the look with a Sethi Couture ring and Jimmy Choo shoes.
Taylor skipped the fancy gown and instead suited up in a J. Mendel ivory silk crepe ensemble consisting of a tuxedo jacket, pin-tucked pants, and a coordinating V-neck blouse. She finished off the sleek look with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Tom Ford metallic sandals.
Before hitting the stage to perform, Pink walked the red carpet in this long sleeve silver Stella McCartney embellished dress. She accented the dynamic look with a teased updo, Loree Rodkin statement jewels, and black Giuseppe Zanotti peep-toe pumps.
Rihanna showed off her new, shorter hairstyle in a crisp white Adam Selman custom gown with cut-out detailing on the back. Neil Lane earrings, Jacquie Aiche rings, and a pair of Manolo Blahnik ankle strap sandals rounded out the fresh look.
Not surprisingly, Nicki went for a bit of shock value on the red carpet. Her embroidered bodysuit was accented with red trim and styled with the Christian Louboutin Decorapump as well as a bright yellow wig.
Alicia opted for a bit of glamour with this silver one sleeve Alexandre Vauthier gown. She accessorized with Lynn Ban and Repossi jewelry as well as black Gucci Naomi T-strap sandals.
It was a daring heavily embellished custom Emilio Pucci jumpsuit for Rita at the annual awards. The star completed her flashy look with a Jimmy Choo clutch and black Christian Louboutin pumps.
Emilio Pucci was also behind Miley’s black floor-length Fall 2012 gown with sheer panels and plunging neckline. Lorraine Schwartz gems, an Edie Parker clutch, and Christian Louboutin Lady Indiana pumps finalized her look.
Emma embraced color with this graphic and edgy Peter Pilotto Resort 2013 dress. A pair of black Tom Ford cut-out sandals wrapped up her look.
Zoe’s pink Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2013 dress featured a studded collar and frayed hem. Ludevine earrings, rings by Kathy Rose and Karma El Khalil along with Salvatore Ferragamo suede strappy sandals all served as accessories.
Another year, another big pregnancy reveal at the notorious MTV event. This time it was Amber, outfitted in a pretty revealing embroidered sheer turtleneck dress, confirming she is carrying Wiz Khalifa’s baby.
This Pamella Roland Fall 2012 metallic beaded overlay dress included a pleated A-line skirt. Holland capped off the look with nude platform slingbacks by Giuseppe Zanotti.
Crystal’s long sleeve red and black Alexander McQueen creation had extensive embroidery. The Teen Wolf star teamed her elaborate dress with embellished black booties.
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