The craziest looks of the 2021 MTV VMA Awards
It’s that time of year again – all eyes are on the 2021 MTV VMAs as celebrities take to the red carpet back in the best (and worst) looks fashion has to offer.
A night of celebration and disappointment hosted at New York’s Barclays Center, the annual ceremony is famed for its penchant for controversy – Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift in 2009, and Miley Cyrus vs. Nicki Minaj, anyone? Along with all the tempered fears you’d expect from a room full of alcohol-fueled egos fighting for brilliant Moonman rewards, discussions around sleek, unique, or downright bizarre looks of the night tend to steal the show. .
Given MTV’s choice not to postpone the broadcast of the 2020 show despite the pandemic leaving the event without a live audience and all the accompaniments we expect from an event of its caliber, 2021 marked a return to the form. Say goodbye to the green screen nostalgia of a bustling pre-COVID world, “Best Quarantine Performance” and “Best Music Video in Home,” and welcome to the sheer madness and flair.
Of course, all the fun begins on the red carpet – the gateway to the amazing and the outrageous. When it’s time to make a statement, big or small, this is the place to make it, and it hasn’t disappointed.
Versace’s haute couture collection – Atelier Versace – certainly had an evening to remember, dressing two of the night’s biggest winners, Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X. The two young pop sensations won two awards in Versace ensembles. While Rodrigo was stunned in an elegant pink and red maxi dress, Nas X redesigned the ball gown and served some serious Prince vibes in purple from head to toe.
Looks that combined opposite ends of the color spectrum and followed the lineage of Disney creations (the characters that would be up to you to decide) arrived courtesy of Alexis Mabille Couture and Valentino Haute Couture on Camila Cabello and Kacey Musgraves, respectively.
The new royals of pop-punk Machine Gun Kelly, Megan Fox, Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian have cemented their reigns with a quartet of head-turning crises. Gone are the 2020 MGK triple pink, and in its place, the fantastic Hot Topic pack of an evil red costume accompanied by a sheer-clad fox.
Equally coordinated, Kardashian (wearing Olivier Theyskens) and Barker arrived as a gothic pair made in heaven – or hell?
Pop-rock has come and gone, with Avril Lavigne and her boyfriend Mod Sun transporting us back to 2007, with “Girlfriend” ringing through our ears. Plaid, plaid galore.
Chloe Bailey’s cup of Marni gave off vibrations of emergency aluminum blanket, with a spoon mounted to her chest that looks like it came straight out of an archaeological dig. Ultimate Survival Kit, a lot?
Kim in a gimp mask, but not Kim Kardashian this time. Kim Petras’ Richard Quinn look is what we imagine you would get if you put on Jesus is king Yeezy era and DONDA Kim era in a blender. Despite the cross, it probably wouldn’t be considered your “best Sunday” for the church.
For those TikTokers in attendance, hit or miss is probably the best way to describe outfit choices. While the D’amelio apparently missed the memo and kept it quite basic, Bella Poarch sought to give a public audition for an invitation to the Met Gala.
Billy Porter has a precedent for stealing this show with his outfit choices. While his 2021 VMA wasn’t as spectacular as some of his past Oscar and Met Gala appearances, the metallic silver suit and platform boots certainly gave the Moonman Awards a run for their money.
Ed Sheeran’s Versace suit could easily win the award for worst cut of the night. It’s Migos and Drake’s Versace again, and not in a good way.
Pop’s sweetheart Justin Bieber was the epitome of casual chic, pairing an oversized blazer with a hoodie and jeans. Who said the winner of the night couldn’t stop and be comfy?