People.com Celebrity VMA Style: From Wow to What the...? Miley's plunging gown! Taylor's fierce pantsuit! Rihanna's white-hot design! See the stars' head-turning styles on the famously wild VMA red carpet By Alex Apatoff Alex Apatoff Instagram Twitter Alex Apatoff is the Executive Editor of PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for more than a decade, holding various roles on the Style and Beauty team before becoming the site's Lifestyle Director to coordinate the work across the commerce, evergreen, features and marketing teams. Prior to her role at PEOPLE, Alex worked at Us Weekly (where, among other things, she oversaw the Fashion Police pages) and graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 6, 2012 08:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email 01 of 14 MILEY CYRUS Reuters/Mario Anzumi/Landov StyleWatch readers may not be loving her short cut, but Miley is living it up, going for a There's Something About Mary look to complement her sheer-paneled, plunging black Emilio Pucci gown, Edie Parker clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Fun fact: The singer relaunched her website today! 02 of 14 RIHANNA Kevin Mazur/WireImage Her pixie cut is real – and it's fabulous! Rihanna debuts her adorable new do to great effect in a sleek, gathered white gown, bold red lips and strappy sandals. 03 of 14 TAYLOR SWIFT Matt Sayles/Invision/AP An awards show where Taylor isn't decked out in a sparkly dress? Be still, our hearts! The singer stuns in a sleek white J. Mendel pantsuit, dramatic dazzling Ofira earrings and a Lorraine Schwartz ring, plus classic red lips. 04 of 14 KATY PERRY Kevin Mazur/WireImage In a departure from her usual VMA ensembles (think short, tight and Technicolor), the pop singer hits the carpet (and presents an award to One Direction) in a portrait-neckline floral Elie Saab gown with a train, Jimmy Choo pumps, a Sethi Couture ring and long, loose waves. 05 of 14 NICKI MINAJ Frederick M. Brown/Getty You think this racy red-trimmed lace bodysuit, studded pumps and neon wig is outrageous? You should see what she wore last year! 06 of 14 ZOË SALDANA Frederick M. Brown/Getty Though the star sure knows how to wear a gown, when you've got legs like hers, you'd want to live in minis too. She flaunts those enviable gams in a raw-edged, baby-pink dress and strappy sandals (both by Salvatore Ferragamo), plus a curly faux bob. 07 of 14 EMMA WATSON Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Continuing her reign as one of our top style crushes, the Perks of Being a Wallflower star looks fashion-forward in her mixed-print neon mini and lace-front heels, plus a Heidi-inspired braid. 08 of 14 DEMI LOVATO Kevin Mazur/WireImage We wonder what X Factor judge Demi would have to say about singer Demi's performance outfit: a flowy, sequin mini, topped by a studded leather jacket and her newly very blonde locks. 09 of 14 ALICIA KEYS Frederick M. Brown/Getty She's back in the gown stage of her fashion evolution, wearing a one-shoulder, draped silver gown and asymmetrical do to match. She adds rings by Loree Rodkin and Misaki, plus Lynn Ban earrings. 10 of 14 PINK Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic The devoted mom treats herself to a night on the town – and shows off her killer post-baby bod – in a sheer, body-skimming gunmetal gown, Loree Rodkin jewels and her signature hair flip. 11 of 14 THE FAB FIVE Kevin Mazur/WireImage Olympic gymnastics gold medalists McKayla Maroney (wearing Erin by Erin Fetherston), Jordyn Wieber (wearing a BCBG Max Azria dress and EFFY Jewelry), Kyla Ross, soon-to-be-author Gabby Douglas (in BCBG Max Azria) and Aly Raisman look podium-ready at their first-ever awards show, totally nailing the cute outfit portion of the competition. 12 of 14 KE$HA Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Wonder no longer about how Ke$ha picked her dress: "I wanted to look naked with some lace on my bits," she says. And, well, she succeeded! She adds Karma el Khalil earrings and ring, plus a Marie Todd ring, to her barely there ensemble. 13 of 14 RITA ORA Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Jay-Z's protégée stays true to her out-there fashion sense in a heavily embellished, custom Emilio Pucci, Christian Louboutin heels, Alex Woo necklaces and a super-sparkly Jimmy Choo clutch (which she revealed has a blowtorch and Tabasco sauce inside, naturally). 14 of 14 AMBER ROSE Frederick M. Brown/Getty Perhaps taking a cue from last year's celebrity pregnancy reveal, the model, with boyfriend Wiz Khalifa by her side, confirmed her happy baby news in a revealing Furne 1 lace-embellished turtleneck gown and Neil Lane jewels.