Menswear Ruled the 2021 VMAs Red Carpet

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The men came to slay at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards including looks from Lil Nas X, Billy Porter, and Machine Gun Kelly.

By
Annika Lautens

Date September 13, 2021

Feathers, sequins, leather, velvet, tartan, lamé, tulle, pastels, capes, you name it — everything was on display on the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, the VMAs, red carpet on Sunday night.

Fresh off the premiere of Amazon Prime’s Cinderella, Camila Cabello dressed the part in a red and pink Alexis Mabille gown. Kacey Musgraves made her best avant-garde Muppet impression in Valentino couture. Even Avril Lavigne had a surprise appearance in a pink plaid look straight from the early 2000s.

While the women undoubtedly dressed to impress, it was the men, however, who sent shockwaves across the 2021 VMAs red carpet. Shawn Mendes was white-hot in a slouchy suit from Mans Concept Menswear. Machine Gun Kelly dazzled in a sequinned outfit by Dolce & Gabbana. Billy Porter looked like the most fashionable astronaut alive in an all-silver look. But the pièce de résistance was Lil Nas X’s gender-bending lilac ensemble, custom-made by Versace.

Each look caused a viral sensation on social media, and we understand why.

Here are our top picks of best-dressed celebs at the event.

2/20

Kacey Musgraves in Valentino

4/20

Megan Fox in Mugler and Machine Gun Kelly in Dolce & Gabbana

5/20

Shawn Mendes in Mans Concept Menswear and David Yurman

7/20

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian

8/20

Camila Cabello in Alexis Mabille

10/20

Olivia Rodrigo in Versace

11/20

Finneas in Vivienne Westwood

13/20

Jack Harlow in Tommy Hilfiger

15/20

Paris Hilton in The Blonds

18/20

Bretman Rock in Roberto Cavalli

19/20

Normani in Patrycja Pagas

20/20

Dixie D’Amelio in Aliètte and Charli D’Amelio in Alexander Wang

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