Fashion recap: 2015 MTV VMAs

By Candice Maniga

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards took place Sunday night, and with 31 years of history behind the show, the audience has learned to expect the unexpected. Although the VMAs celebrate music, fashion holds a big role, just like any other award show. What makes it stand apart is MTV is cool and trendy and fun, and who shows up and what they wear prove it. In 1998, Rose McGowan barely wore anything. In 2010, Lady Gaga wore meat and Justin Bieber sported a live snake around his wrist. Last Halloween, this year’s host Miley Cyrus reminded us all of Lil Kim’s proof that pasties work at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1999. It’s 2015. We’ve been down this road before and it’s never the same. We’ve seen things we can’t unsee, we have problematic faves we just can’t let go of. There’s no choice now but to move forward and because the carpet leads to the door, it all starts with fashion.

Low and behold the outfits you need to know from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards:

The Host

MILEY
Miley Cyrus – photo from Pop Sugar

After her performance of We Can’t Stop and her tongue became trending topics in 2013, I don’t think anyone expected anything short of shocking from Miley Cyrus.

Best Squad:

bad blood squad
Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Serayah, Mariska Hargitay, Lily Aldridge, and Karlie Kloss – photo from Popsugar

Is this really a surprise?

Best Newbie:

attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Amanda Steele – photo from Getty Images

Before you do a Spotify search, know that Steele isn’t a musician. She’s a beauty guru on YouTube (makeupbymandy24). Anyone that underestimates the stars of the internet world is only doing a disservice to themselves. Consider them up-and-coming if you must, but know they’ve arrived. When you factor in her age—16—and her lack of experience with red carpets, she’s killing it.

Did We Miss Some Kind of Memo?

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: TV personality Kylie Jenner attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Kylie Jenner – Photo from Just Jared
attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Britney Spears – photo from Getty Images
NICKI MINAJ
Nicki Minaj – photo from Hollywood Life
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Recording artist Nick Jonas attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Nick Jonas – photo from Just Jared Jr.
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Justin Bieber – photo from Hollywood Life
attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Shawn Mendes – photo from Just Jared Jr.

Same old, same old

kim ye
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – photo from Hollywood Life
RITA ORRAAAAA
Rita Ora – photo from Billboard
FKA TWIGS
FKA Twigs – photo from Hollywood Life

In my opinion, the ladies went with a “less style, more sex appeal” kind of approach, which is nothing new at the VMAs. However, FKA Twigs rocks it. As for the recipient of this year’s Michael Jackson Vanguard Video Award? It looks like West planned to drop his wife off and watch at home.

This Happened:

Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski – photo from Hollywood Life
FRANKIE GRANDE
Frankie Grande – photo from In Touch Weekly
REBEL WILSON
Rebel Wilson – photo from Popsugar
BADDIE WINKLE
Baddie Winkle – photo from In Touch Weekly

Just thought you should know.

Statement:

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Blac Chyna and Amber Rose – photo from In Touch Weekly

The only reason I’m bringing these outfits to your attention is to make you aware—if you weren’t already—of these ladies’ attempts at bringing an end to slut-shaming.

I don’t think there was a “Best Dressed” on the carpet this year, for me at least, but I am capable of being persuaded. My favorite outfits always come out during the performances anyway.

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