All the VMAs Looks

From the moment Katy Perry arrived in skin-tight animal print and Ciara showed up covered in plumes, we knew it would be a wild night of star style

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KATY PERRY

KATY PERRY
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Does this leopard-print, insect-embellished, Emanuel Ungaro turtleneck dress look familiar? It should because Coco Rocha wore it to the Met Gala earlier this year, though Katy raises the hemline (and the slit) on her version.

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CIARA

CIARA
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Speaking of dresses that give us Met Gala flashbacks, the singer combines feathers, sparkles and sheer to jaw-dropping effect with her sexy silver Givenchy gown.

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TAYLOR SWIFT

TAYLOR SWIFT
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She time-traveled all the way to be here! At least that's what we assumed upon seeing her retro curls, which top off a clinging, sparkling navy Hervé Léger by Max Azria gown.

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RITA ORA

RITA ORA
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With a train as long as the show's list of performers and a slit as high as the energy level in the crowd, Rita goes glam and glitzy in a plume-covered skirt and plunging bejeweled top (by Alexandre Vauthier Couture), plus an uncharacteristically sleek lob.

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ELLIE GOULDING

ELLIE GOULDING
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We just have one question for the British pop star: How do you plan to sit through the entire show in a full-length, turtleneck gown covered in spiky studs? Ouch.

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COCO ROCHA

COCO ROCHA
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#Shorthairdontcare and #pantswearerdontcare either. The supermodel eschews gowns and minis for black skinnies and a quilted black Fausto Puglisi moto jacket with metallic accents.

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MILEY CYRUS

MILEY CYRUS
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She may be copying Gwen Stefani's '90s hair knots, but the rest of Miley's Dolce amp Gabbana look is utterly original: an off-the-shoulder crop top covered in colorful jewels and matching leggings with embellishment at the (high) waist and yes, a coordinating faux garter belt.

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SELENA GOMEZ

SELENA GOMEZ
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"I wanted to do something simple," the nominee said. And only when you're Selena does "simple" mean a navy Atelier Versace gown featuring a completely open side that reveals a lace corset and a bejeweled slit.

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LADY GAGA

LADY GAGA
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No face lace. No meat dresses. No Jo Calderone. Just a plain old plunging satin Prabal Gurung gown with a massive shimmery bow and train and waist-length black strands for Gaga.

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SHAILENE WOODLEY

SHAILENE WOODLEY
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Although we were hoping to see her new lob down, we're not mad at the actress's outfit choice: a simple Emilio Pucci crop top, a funky print skirt and a killer cat eye (and no individual toe running shoes!).

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JENNIFER HUDSON

JENNIFER HUDSON
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How many trends can one woman wear? When you're Jennifer Hudson, the answer is six. She hits the red carpet in houndstooth, warm-weather leather, a peplum, pencil skirt, a choker and double cuffs.

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PAULA PATTON & ROBIN THICKE

PAULA PATTON & ROBIN THICKE
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His song may be "Blurred Lines," but her gown is all clear-cut strips. She poses with her husband in a strapless shiny black gown that reminds us a bit of the film inside an old school VHS tape.

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NAYA RIVERA

NAYA RIVERA
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The People StyleWatch Celeb Style Council member does us proud in a sexy, slinky black gown with sheer panels.

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ALLISON WILLIAMS

ALLISON WILLIAMS
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Seventy-five percent of PEOPLE.com users voted the Girls star's white mesh and floral mini a hit. And in other good news, if anyone proposes to her on the red carpet, she'll already be dressed for the wedding!

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