The VMA red carpet has certainly produced iconic looks throughout its history. (Who could forget the cherry-red gown emblazoned with the word “siren” that Lizzo wore last year ahead of her juicy, booty-bouncing performance?) To keep that big peacock energy alive, musicians and actors captured their best outfits from home per a virtual video booth. Standouts include a tasteful Versace suit worn by the Colombian singer Maluma, a rose-printed mini-dress worn on the actress Joey King, and a set of mismatched everyday outfits on the South Korean band BTS.
But that is just the start of the star-studded sartorial splendor brought to this year’s event; discover all the jaw-dropping looks below.
The Kissing Booth star was ready for a night on the town (or, rather, on the couch) in a playful mini-dress with a lavish multicolor rose print. King’s outfit was styled head-to-fingernail, with a classic red manicure to match Wizard of Oz-inspired pumps, then topped by a heavy, golden Versace chain necklace.
Jaden Smith’s latest track “Cabin Fever” had an escapist, trippy vibe to it, and the singer-actor’s outfit seemed aligned with that mindset. He rocked a multicolor jacket boasting an abstract pattern, worn effortlessly with a slim pair of jeans and sneakers.
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The Bailey sisters went back to the future for their VMA pre-show performance of their song “Ungodly Hour” when they wore armor-like chrome bodysuits. Their video booth attire added some sci-fi spice to classic, little black dresses with sparkling silver hardware and metallic pumps.
The rapper was all smiles in a monochromatic look composed of a pair Louis Vuitton monogram-print boxers and a Supreme letterman jacket. Instead of a shirt, DaBaby opted for a massive, icy chain spelling out his real last name, Kirk.
The VMA’s hostess with the mostess, Keke Palmer was a bombshell in a body-contouring black dress, the bustier of which was adorned by metallic, floral broaches. A partially unbuttoned slit running down her left leg had the actress looking like an absolute “Snack.”
The five boys of CNCO flaunted their personal styles in a diverse range of colorful streetwear.
The Bangtan Boys looked casual and effortlessly cool in muted tees and sweatshirts, appropriate for the fun, summery vibes of their latest dreamy, disco-inspired single, “Dynamite,” which they performed live for the first time at the VMAs. Blue-haired member RM stood out in a charming, all-yellow sweatsuit.
A tasteful, black Versace suit with gold baroque brocade lining each leg gave Maluma the vibe of an off-duty mariachi performer. Paired with a glittering chain necklace and a belt adorned with the Italian brand’s Medusa insignia, it resembled the Colombian singer’s style: laid-back, with a touch of glamour.
The “Baby” songstress stunned in a sheer, black mini-dress with cutouts arranged sparingly around the arms, while Beer’s pristinely straight hair incorporated a trendy ombré treatment.
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The genre-blending artist Colson Baker looked handsome in pink, wearing an all-magenta suit. His tattoos poked out of a sleeveless turtleneck, and the whole outfit was topped with a delicate pearl necklace. Très chic!