Most people may watch the VMAs for the performances (you may have heard some rumors about ‘NSYNC) and craziest moments. Us? We watch for major red-carpet moments. We made predictions, but as years past have shown us, there’s really no way to predict what stars will be wearing. Check out our favorite stars’ style, below, and sound off in the comments about who you’re loving, who you’re loathing, and who is just leaving you scratching your head. Then be sure to click over to see all of our VMA coverage — the wildest moments, craziest quotes and much more — from start to finish here!
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Selena Gomez in a navy long-sleeve gown with exposed lace bustier and silver cap-toe pumps (both Atelier Versace), plus Lorraine Schwartz jewelry
Taylor Swift working the camera in a second-skin, plunging navy gown with sequin embellishment, Lorraine Schwartz earrings and a mix of Lorraine Schwartz and Ofira jewels elsewhere, plus a retro do
Girls‘ Allison Williams in a Marnie-appropriate high-necked ivory mini with lace embellishments, plus Christian Louboutin heels and Phyne by Paige Novick earrings.
Jennifer Hudson in a strapless leather dress with a houndstooth-print bustier and more than 400 carats of Lorraine Schwartz diamonds
Shailene Woodley in a crop top and fringed skirt (both Emilio Pucci), Casadei heels and her new short haircut
Miley Cyrus in a bejeweled two-piece vintage Dolce & Gabbana ensemble, platform heels and pigtail buns, plus tons of Lorraine Schwartz jewels
Jordin Sparks in a zippered, tracksuit-inspired two-piece outfit and black sandals
Lady Gaga in an uncharacteristically demure leather fishtail dress by Prabal Gurung (don’t worry that she’s lost her touch — it has a majorly dramatic train) and granny sunglasses
Rita Ora in a plunging ice-blue Alexandre Vauthier gown with long feathered train, plus Cartier gems
Supermodel Coco Rocha in a textured, embellished leather jacket and skintight jeans
“Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke with his wife, actress Paula Patton, who is wearing a pailette-embellished, high-slit gown
Ciara in a barely-there gown embellished with with crystals, sequins and feathers, plus massive Lorraine Schwartz diamond studs
Naya Rivera in a fitted black Sen Couture gown with back cutouts, plus smoky liner and Marina B jewels.
“The Way” singer Ariana Grande in a girlie floral mini and white pumps
Girls‘ Jemima Kirke does her typical gypsy thing in a scarlet-and-black dress emblazoned with traditional artwork (check out the explanation from commenter “Tibetha” below!)