The Video Music Awards are a wild night, where anything from tongue-out twerking to snake wrangling and a kiss from Madonna can happen. So when stars dress up for the unpredictable evening, "tame" is never in the dress code. This year, the crop tops were teeny, the dress lengths were practically microscopic, and the embellishment was strong. (So many crystals. And not just on Naomi Campbell's mesmerizing lips.) Here's a look back at the night's biggest fashion trends.
1. Bodysuits and Boots
No pants, don't care. Video Vanguard Award winner Rihanna performed in thigh-high boots and very little else, while Britney Spears--who had the rough task of following Beyoncé--wore a bright-yellow, crystal-flecked number. And on the red carpet, social media star Baddie Winkle--whose Instagram bio says "stealing your man since 1928"--proved that bodysuits are aren't just for the kids.
2. Shrunken Crop Tops
Ariana Grande wore an off-the-shoulder, lacy black top by Alexander Wang, while singer Bebe Rexha wore a diamond-flecked outfit by designer Bryan Hearns, paired with thigh-high boots from Balmain. For her part, Halsey left little to the imagination in a sheer, sparkling top--also designed by Brian Hearns--that served just a bit of under-boob.
If "someone sparkles" was in your VMAs drinking game, good luck today. Beyoncé looked queenly in a caped, crystal-studded style. For her white-carpet arrival, Halsey wore a glittering, sheer jumpsuit by Yousef Aljasmi; Ashley Graham's sheer, netted dress was decked out with sequins. The model also revealed a new, shorter hairstyle that's right on trend for fall.
The embellishments didn't end with crystals and sequins. Beyoncé looked divine (literally) in a feathered dress by Francesco Scognamilgio. Singer Lizzo, who hosted the pre-show festivities, had feathers dripping from her sleeves; Rita Ora's Marc Jacobs dress had playful, black-and-read feathers along the hem.
What fun is twirling without a little fringe? Justine Skye rocked a rainbow dress and jacket from Missoni; actress Adrienne C. Moore wore it long and black. Alicia Quarles also came ready to dance.
6. Head-to-Toe White
Queen Bey opened her "Lemonade" medley in a floor-grazing, white fur coat. Naomi Campbell flashed some major leg-- and strappy, sparkling stillettos-- in a gown by Brandon Maxwell. Tove Lo went the more casual route, styling her Dion Lee dress with shiny sneakers from Reebock.
7. Mini Dresses
Kim Kardashian West wore tousled, beachy hair with an uber short black dress; Heidi Klum's Roberto Cavalli number wasn't much longer. And Yousef Aljasmi-- the same designer who stitched crystals onto Halsey's sheer jumpsuit-- made a teeny, glittering dress for Laura Marano.
Nicki Minaj arrived in a navy-blue gown with expertly placed cut-outs. Britney Spears' look had a skin-bearing gash from her soulder to her hip. Serena Williams also rocked cut-outs in a figure-hugging gown by Sergio Hudson. So, now that we've broken down the trends, can someone help us decode Kanye's speech?
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