While women typically get credit for trying brave and bold styles on the red carpet, there are some fashionably adventurous men out there too! Looking like an Amish farmer-moonlighting-as-a-magician-for-kids-parties, the Thirty Seconds to Mars lead singer had all eyes on him as he flaunted his sequined Gucci cape.
VMA viewers couldn’t ignore the actor/singer in his glorious garment — especially since the shine from the sequins reflected the ceremony’s stage lights. We’ll just call him Jared and the amazing technicolor dream coat after seeing this outfit!
Kim Basinger, 1990
By the late ‘80s, Kim Basinger was considered one of the most desirable women in Hollywood, thanks to her many sultry film roles. Perhaps that's why she chose to dress up as post-makeover Sandy from Grease?
In 1990, the actress wore a skin-tight black catsuit topped with a heavy leather jacket and thick headband to present the "Best Dance Video" award at the VMAs. While we would honestly rock that leather jacket today, “We [definitely don’t] Go Together” with her thick workout-style headband!
Lizzo proves that fantastic fashion is for every figure! The singer loves getting creative, and even a bit cheeky with her red carpet looks. Her “siren” dress for the 2019 VMAs was no different. The “Truth Hurts'' singer wore a customized red sequin Moschino gown with the word “SIREN” written all over it in silver sequins.
She completed the look with a matching red feather boa and glamorous bouffant hairdo. Looking every bit like a sultry siren, Lizzo proved that you can wear red on the red carpet without fading into the background!
Gwen Stefani, 1998
We’re not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point during the late ‘90s, raver fashion moved from the underground to the red carpet. At least that’s what we think happened, otherwise, we really can’t explain Gwen Stefani’s look.
We’ve heard of matching accessories to your outfit, but most people don’t typically match their hair color to their bra! And that’s just what’s going on above the belt. Let’s not even get into her weirdly futuristic shiny skirt over pants. We’re really glad this chapter in Gwen's lookbook is done!
Lil’ Kim, 1999
There are few fashion moments as memorable as rapper Lil’ Kim wearing a lavender jumpsuit with just a seashell-shaped sequined pastie covering the other side of her chest.
The rapper came out to present the "Best Hip-Hop Video" award with icon Diana Ross. And in case her outfit wasn’t jaw-dropping enough, Ross actually outstretched her hand and gave her co-presenter a jiggle! Oh, and if you’re wondering just how that pastie stayed in place — her stylist used eyelash glue.