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.

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.


Kacey Musgraves in Valentino


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


Shawn Mendes in Mans Concept Menswear and David Yurman


Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian


Camila Cabello in Alexis Mabille


Olivia Rodrigo in Versace


Finneas in Vivienne Westwood


Jack Harlow in Tommy Hilfiger


Paris Hilton in The Blonds


Bretman Rock in Roberto Cavalli


Normani in Patrycja Pagas


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

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