VMAs: the good, the bad, and the ugly

(Design by Andrew Willoughby.)

By Lauren Paolini, Editorial Staff

By Caeley Whalen, Interim Fashion Correspondent

We may not have gotten our modern-day Justin and Britney all-denim moment we’ve been waiting for, but the 2019 VMA red carpet was still full of surprising looks – both good and not so good.

First, the celebrity who just seems to show up on any red carpet, Heidi Klum. The supermodel walked the carpet in a NEDO black metallic mid-dress with what looked like an extra piece of fabric waiting to be trimmed hanging down the front. 

While this wasn’t our favorite look from Klum, she’ll have plenty of chances to redeem herself at literally every single red carpet for every single awards show.

We also need to talk about Taylor Swift. The winner of “Video of the Year” wore a rainbow Versace blazer, and we’re pretty jealous of her thigh-high black Louboutin boots.

But the blazer, not so much.

We loved how Swift’s colorful outfit complemented her pride-themed song, “You Need to Calm Down” – however, the execution wasn’t our fave. We’re over the high school marching band style blazer-shorts-awkward-romper combo.

Thankfully, we did have a handful of celebs who did the red carpet justice.

Would Shawn Mendes really ever let us down? The singer looked oh so dapper in a teal Dolce and Gabbana suit with his perfect hair and smile as his best accessories. Camilla Cabello is one lucky “Señorita.”

Keke Palmer walked the carpet in a beaded, high-neck Yousif Aljasmi yellow dress, and added a playful ’80s cell-phone-shaped clutch. The dress fit her perfectly and her accessories of choice were spot on, proving her time on “True Jackson VP” taught her a thing or two about fashion.

Another star who walked the carpet in a metallic look was Lil Nas X. You may be sick of the one million remixes of “Old Town Road,” but his custom Christian Cowan suit stole the show. The cropped jacket and pants were covered in silver sequins, and his ruffled undershirt with exaggerated lace sleeves was a nice contrast against all of the sequins. As a nod to his country crossover, the singer completed the look with silver cowboy boots.

While Lil Nas X didn’t go full yeehaw for his red-carpet look, Diplo sure did.

The DJ wore a custom Nudie suit with psychedelic designs in reference to his song “LSD.” The off-white suit featured patches of mushrooms, lightning bolts, and a cow-printed frog. We know this sounds like it should be on the worst-dressed list, but somehow, it all worked. Diplo topped of his look with rainbow-beaded glasses and a cowboy hat.

When it comes to red carpets, sometimes the risk is worth the reward.