MTV recently held the annual MTV Music Awards. As with other celebrity-filled events, the red carpet becomes as much a spectacle as the show itself. While this red carpet doesn’t have the same serious vibe of the early-year awards shows, such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes, the MTV Music Awards do provide some good fodder for fashion criticism and analysis of trends. Here is a recap of the fashion, hair, and makeup with highlights of the night’s successes and flops.
One of the biggest trends for the night was sheerness. This look was seen on celebs such as Winnie Harlow, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Tiffany Haddish, Shanina Shaik, Hayley Kiyoko, and Dascha Polanco. This is just a small representation of the widely loved see-through look. Who wore this trend well: former America’s Next Top Model contestant turned international superstar and muse, Winnie Harlow. Harlow wore a hand-beaded Zuhair Murad Couture gown with Christian Louboutin shoes. She completed this effortless look with pin-straight hair, extra-long lashes, and both silver and gold eyes. There were a few who didn’t manage to pull off the see-through look; Long Island native and pop star, Morgan Saint wore a two-piece set in sheer organza. It was not a heavenly look for the singer who accessorized her look with thigh-high black boots and black panties (and no bra). We could leave it to your imagination, but the photo speaks for itself.
The white suit was well represented by Madison Beer and Blake Lively. Lively—one of the few Hollywood elite who does not use a stylist—turned up in a unconventional white suit which was made up of a beaded, wide lapel jacket with severe shoulders and extra-flowy, extra-long palazzo pants with side pleats. She kept the hair simple with a side part and pony tail. While this look was a departure from her traditional, sartorial choices, it was still a crowd-pleasure for the actress. Kylie Jenner seemed to round out the trio of white-suit wearers, but stood out in what wasn’t technically a suit, but rather a mini-dress with a double-breasted suit jacket by Tom Ford. Perhaps for Jenner this is a little “boss” nod to the recent press of her as the newest (almost) billionaire.
Our best-dressed for the night are Amara La Negra and Jasmine Sanders. La Negra wore a gown and cape in the color of the moment, slime green (accented with gold embroidery). She finished her look with a bronzed skin, plum lips and her signature natural afro. Her afro has gotten so much attention from haters, she had to put up a video to prove its authenticity. Sanders, in turn, wore a long sleeve, gold mini dress hot off the S/S19 runway of Dundas. It was a dress worthy of the days of Studio 54. You could just see her dancing beneath a disco ball with Andy Warhol and Grace Jones. She finished her look with a deep burgundy lip which was offset by a silver-blue shadow. Her hair was cleanly split in a middle part which was then put up into a beautiful, ballerina bun.
No one expects to see the the formal trailing robes of the Oscars at the MTV Music Awards. But we do see a ton of fashion at this red carpet that is potentially more accessible and practical. We love to critique and analyze the public display of celebrity looks, but as you know from reading us, when it comes to your appearance, we believe you need to do what makes you feel good about yourself. Do what you love, what makes you feel beautiful and proud, and own it. There are some technical guidelines and rules, like proportion and fit, adherence to which is to our individual benefit. But sometimes you learn from your mistakes. And maybe next time you’ll think twice about going out in see-through pants with thigh-high boots.
Madison Beer: Eonline.com
Winnie Harlow: Eonline.com