Our MVPs of the VMAs: Fashion + Beauty

By: and Anna Evans.

August 31, 2017

Another award show has come and gone in a flurry of feathers, frills and… basically all things “extra” (we’re looking at you Lil Mama). Aren’t we lucky that new award shows keep coming out of the woodwork, providing us with never-ending lewks to provide our two, humble, cents on. So here it comes, our favourites, along with some of the fails, from Sunday’s blue, non-carpeted, VMA red carpet. Oh, and we threw in some note-worthy makeup moments for the beauty lovers out there.

First things first, lets clarify this Lil Mama reference: the Queen of Extra has done it again and this time she’s given us an accessory we didn’t know we needed: a pet. I’m really happy to know that bringing your furry (or feathered) friend as an accessory to an event is now fully acceptable because from now on I’m bringing my dog EVERYWHERE. Thanks girl!

Wo-menswear

First up, let’s talk about one trend we’re coveting at the moment, which artists like Echosmith and P!nk both tried their hands at: menswear. This trend may seem easy enough in theory but as Pink would show us on Sunday night, it’s clearly harder to pull off in reality than it seems. Pink’s daughter on the other hand… a fashionista in the making, opting for a menswear look featuring a spotted suit, topped off with a pocket square, standing out from her parents who went the more classic route with traditional pinstripe suiting. Echosmith did everything right, keeping the look proportional and maintaining a feminine flair with a fitted blazer and trousers that cinch at the ankle, which is the key to success here.

Exaggerated Embellishments

Next up, exaggerated embellishments were clearly a running theme at the VMAs on Sunday, with stars like Paris Jackson, Olivia Munn, Mel B (scary spice indeed), Millie Bobby Brown and Alessandra Ambrosio putting their spins on it, with some of the looks working better than others.

Paris Jackson looked radiant in her Christian Dior ensemble, with hair and makeup looks to compliment. She also clearly keeps up with the world of fashion blogging because this is one outfit we’ve seen at Dior fashion week shows over the last few seasons, worn by some of the top influencers at the moment.

Vamp-tastic Vibes

Olivia Munn went in a similar, but mini-er, direction with an embellished dress by Nicolas Jebran. This type of patchwork embellishment is all the rage right now thanks to designers like Gucci and we’re not complaining. Once again, Munn’s makeup look was the cherry(-coloured lip) on top of the silver sundae that is this look.

Scary Spice

On a scarier note, Mel B. took sequinned embellishments to a new (unsafe) level. Although the statement proclaimed on the front of her entire body is one to live by, it doesn’t necessarily belong in about 100 pt font in multicoloured sequins on a red carpet.

No Strange Things To See Here

In our eyes, Rodarte can do no wrong and that goes for Millie Bobby Brown’s look too. The Stranger Things actress looks anything but a strange thing in this frilled, polka dotted, sheer dress. We love when stars take fashion risks on the red carpet (and we love it even more when they work) and rocking this haute couture-esque piece didn’t fall short.

Typical Model

And last, but maybe least, Alessandra Ambrosio gave us mixed feels in her head-to-toe Balmain look. She never looks bad per se, I mean how could she considering she spends as much time in a gym as I do working 9-5, but this outfit selection could’ve been better. One part of this look that we are loving though? Her hair and makeup. Her skin looks fresh and glowy, a major trend in beauty at the moment, with the always classic cat-eye liner to add some drama and dimension. A messy pony is always the perfect choice when adorning a dramatic outfit, so kudos Alessandra.

Birds of a Feather Fall Together

And finally, let’s talk about the elephant, or should I say birds, in the room. Lorde and Vanessa Hudgens took a crack at feather-featured ensembles and fell rather than flew. If you think feathers in fashion could work, not to fear because we do too… just look to Miuccia Prada’s Fall 2017 collection. All we’re saying is it’s a delicate line, as you can see with the two looks below. But despite their heavily feathered gowns, the ladies DID kill it in the makeup department – bright hues on their eyes matched their dresses perfectly and both ladies chose an eye detail style that most suits their *aesthetic*.

*NOTE: Anyone who loved Lorde’s lilac lewk and disagrees with me, contact our Vice President @nbrrly because she will gladly talk with you about how much she actually LOVES this look from Lorde (see, we love a diversity of opinions here).

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Take a look at our roundups below of the best and not-so-best VMA blue carpet outfits.

Let us know your favourites from the VMAs red carpet, we’d love to hear!

*All photos are courtesy of USWeekly.com, Teen Vogue and Just Jared Jr.com.


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