Entertainment Style The best and worst dressed stars of the 2017 VMAs

The best and worst dressed stars of the 2017 VMAs

The King of Pop's daughter Paris Jackson. Photo: Getty
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Hosting MTV’s Video Music Awards for the first time, Katy Perry changed her outfit no less than 10 times, proving the music gongs are just as much about fashion − dress code: the more flesh the better.

She was hardly the only star going large with their look, with America’s Got Talent judge Heidi Klum − apparently underwear-free − showcasing eye-popping cleavage in a metallic sheer gown with keyhole cutaways.

Model Hailey Baldwin also brought her confidence but left some foundation garments at home. She arrived in a plunging gold jumpsuit but switched it up later for a peek-a-boo black bodysuit worn with knickers and thigh-high boots.

By comparison, Miley Cyrus − she of the infamous 2013 VMAs twerk − was restrained. She went edgy retro, making her entrance in a powder-blue jumpsuit as a tribute to Elvis Presley, and performing Younger Now in hotpants with a rockabilly pompadour.

Purely by dint of effort, Perry was the sartorial queen of the night.
She walked Sunday night’s red carpet in an asymmetrical Stephane Rolland dress, but on stage abandoned couture for looks including a spacesuit and a costume paying homage to Games of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen − complete with small dog dressed as a dragon.

The night’s biggest winner was rapper Kendrick Lamar, who took home six gongs including Video of the Year, but Pink who stole the show accepting the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award honouring her 17-year career.

She used the spotlight to tell her daughter Willow, in the audience, about body image. “Baby girl, we don’t change,” Pink said. “We take the gravel in the shell and make a pearl. We help other people to change, so they can see all kinds of beauty.

“You, my darling girl, are beautiful and I love you.”

Best dressed

1. Hailee Steinfeld

Flashy but classy − that’s a hard double act to pull off − the actress and singer was fabulously Grecian in Atelier Versace.

US actress Hailee Steinfeld. Photo: Getty

2. Millie Bobby Brown

Yep, the actress is only 13. But she carried off an edgily-perfect Rodarte dress and Stuart Weitzmann boots with a veteran’s sensibilities. Bravo.

Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown. Photo: Getty

3. Lorde

The NZ star went soft on us, abandoning her signature androgynous style for a lilac feathered Monique Lhuillier princess gown.

Lorde in a feathery ball gown. Photo: Getty

4. Katy Perry

Matching her new serious music, Perry farewelled bubblegum fashion with grown-up, architectural Stephane Rolland. Lady, severity suits you.

VMA host Katy Perry wore a white gown. Photo: Getty

5. Demi Lovato

The star made sheer look intriguing, not tacky, and her sequinned harem pants were the night’s sexiest foil for leggy minis.

US singer Demi Lovato. Photo: Getty

Worst dressed

1. Miley Cyrus

She honoured rock royalty, turned heads, and pushed the envelope − tick. But Miley, it wasn’t a Leaving Las Vegas costume party.

Miley Cyrus. Photo: Getty

2. Jared Leto

The sartorial gap between the glittery space shuttle-style cape and the old kicks and torn jeans felt inauthentic. But it was fun.

Jared Leto and his sparkling cape. Photo: Getty

3. Nicki Minaj

In pink latex, silver bling and platforms, the singer looked like she was auditioning for a spot on Barbie’s speedskating team.

US singer and rapper Nicki Minaj. Photo: Getty

4. Heidi Klum

The model found the one dress that would make her famous body look better than ever, but kind of trash her brand at the same time.

German-US supermodel Heidi Klum. Photo: Getty

5. Farrah Abraham

The Teen Mom starlet teamed an innocuous white slack suit (perfect for soccer runs) with gold boots (perfect for podium dancing.)

US TV personality Farrah Abraham. Photo: Getty

Plus, plenty of risque dresses dominated the red carpet:

Can you believe German-US supermodel Heidi Klum is 44? Photo: Getty
US singer Demi Lovato rocked a harem pant and a sheer top. Photo: Getty
US model Hailey Baldwin, daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin, dazzles in plunging jumpsuit. Photo: Getty
Pop singer Bebe Rexha glimmers in a beaded LaBourjoisie gown, channelling old Hollywood glamour. Photo: Getty
Chantel Jeffries, former fling of Justin Bieber, channels Kim Kardashian with plunging gold dress and raven locks. Photo: Getty
Amber Rose, former partner of rapper Kanye West, wears a long wig and flaunts her curves in see-through ensemble, accompanied by boyfriend 21 Savage. Photo: Getty
US singer and rapper Nicki Minaj wows in tight pink spandex. Photo: Getty
US actress Hailee Steinfeld, famous for playing a child in True Grit, looks all grown up in shimmering silver dress. Photo: Getty
VMA host Katy Perry wore a white gown. Photo: Getty
Lamborghini heiress Elettra, of Geordie Shore fame, proves her reality TV credentials with see-through dress. Photo: Getty
Jared Leto and his sparkling cape. Photo: Getty
Former Spice Girl Mel B. Photo: Getty
US TV personality Farrah Abraham. Photo: Getty
US rapper Machine Gun Kelly. Photo: Getty
Fashion designer Jeremy Scott left his wing shoes at home. Photo: Getty
US actress Vanessa Hudgens. Photo: Getty
Miley's younger sister Noah poses with country singer dad Billy Ray Cyrus. Photo: Getty
The King of Pop's daughter Paris Jackson. Photo: Getty
Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown. Photo: Getty
US actress and model Yara Shahidi. Photo: Getty
Pink, Carey Hart and their daughter Willow or the Adam's family? Photo: Getty
US actress and model Olivia Munn. Photo: Getty
Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosi. Photo: Getty
US singer Sofia Carson. Photo: Getty
Lorde in a feathery ball gown. Photo: Getty

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