Fug File: VMAs

MTV VMAs Fugs and Fines: Everyone Else


This whole event fell really flat for me, even with whatever boldface names were there. I was standing in the red carpet area for three hours and felt no sense of excitement. Is MTV over? Or more importantly, does MTV need to admit it’s over?

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VMAs Well Played, Kat Graham in Vintage Versace


First of all, I’d like to note that (as I always note when I write about her) I love Kat Graham:

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We got to chat with her last night while we were on the scene for Cosmo, and she was super nice and really charming (which has always been our experience with her in person; at one point, while she was waiting for another interview, she popped back over to hang out with us and said, “I’m just going to keep talking to you about shopping.” BE OUR FRIEND, KAT GRAHAM). So, we ended up having this whole convo with her about how she stalks vintage clothes that she wants on the internet. She is apparently a real collector, which I respect as a…well, I am more of a hoarder. Details! But, for example, she told us that she just got a piece from the final collection that Galliano did for Dior, but she’s saving it for “a major moment,” so keep an eye out.  To that end, this is one of the aforementioned stalked vintage items, and, real talk: I think it’s really good for this event. It’s unusual and youthful and bright and kicky, which is basically the platonic ideal for the VMAs. Bonus points for not being sheer. Or BORING.

 

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VMAs Fine or Fug or Fab: Hailee Steinfeld


I’ve decided this first look is a sort of High Fashion Princess Leia, and now I can’t bring myself to dislike it.

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VMAs Fug Carpet: Taylor Swift in Ashish


You know what? I have a high tolerance for Taylor, but I just can’t with this, to use MTV-appropriate vernacular:

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Those shoes are great, but she’s wearing sparkly houndstooth sweatpants that she kept pulling up all night (so as not to violate the Taylor Swift Anti-Bellybutton Guidelines) with a matching cropped top. There is no human alive who can really wear sparkly houndstooth sweatpants without looking slightly absurd, but definitely not when that human also makes the choice to go really matchy-matchy with that particular life choice. Okay, wait, that’s a lie. Gwen Stefani could wear this. But Taylor is no Gwen Stefani (although if she starts making her squad wear harajuku outfits, then we might need to revise that) — not even at the VMAs.

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VMAs WTF: Miley Cyrus


Look, there are a lot of things I can appreciate about Miley. Her hosting performance last night was not one of them.  But you can’t deny that at least she picked “go big” in the age old dilemma of going big, or going home.  She looked like she was a living salute to Tara Reid in Josie and the Pussycats half the time.

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VMAs Business As Usual Carpet: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West


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“YEAH, I’M IN SWEATS; I DON’T NEED TO TRY HARD. ‘CAUSE IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW, I’M THE VIDEO VANGUARD – MUSIC’S POET LAUREATE WHO COULD OUT-VERSE THE BARD. SO I DON’T NEED TO DRESS UP OR TRUSS UP OR PRIMP UP. I DON’T EVEN BOTHER TO DO MY DAMN SHOES UP; THERE’S MORE KNOTS TIED ON MY WIFE AND OUR NEW PUP. BUT MY CINQUAINS ARE LYRICAL; MY PENTAMETER’S IAMBIC; MY SKULL-BONNET’S SONNETS ARE LIKE A COPPERFIELD MAGIC TRICK. SO DON’T LIKE MY CLOTHES? YOU’RE ALLOWED TO I SUPPOSE BUT BOW TO MY RHYMES.  … AND THAT WAS A HAIKU, SO BOO HOO, I POEM’D YOU. SO I WIN EVEN WHEN MY WIFE WEARS A DRESS THE COLOR OF ASPARAGUS URINE, BUT I’M NOT GOING TO RHYME ABOUT IT EVEN THOUGH MY BRAIN IS WHIRRIN’. DAMMIT I DID IT ANYWAY. EVEN MY ACCIDENTS ARE ART.

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