Always A Talking Point: Miley Cyrus On Stage Performing Wrecking Ball (Getty)
Last night the great and the good of music descended on Amsterdam for the MTV European Music Video awards. With the usual red carpet rules thrown out of the window at the VMA’s earlier this year, this was always an event that would raise sartorial brows. From Miley just being, Miley, to Rita Ora channelling Hollywood bombshell the red carpet was full of style surprises and to help you make sense of the looks we put the looks to our resident Joan Rivers, Katherine Ormerod and Josh Newis-Smith. Why don’t you leave your comments on the outfits below as well!
ELLIE GOULDING IN DOLCE AND GABBANA
Racy in Lace (Getty)
Josh says: Ellie has been trying to push the fashion envelope of late and after wearing a somewhat questionable barely-there gold Julien Macdonald dress to sing live on X Factor, she is showing no signs of giving up on the reveal/conceal trend just yet. This a very classy way to show off your bra and pants, well it is black Dolce and Gabbana lace after all and there is nothing I love more than a bit of gold jewellery layered up to give a look some edge. A black heel minus the t-bar would have cleaned up the bottom of this look, however. Overall though I do find this look a bit confusing, she is obviously trying to go for a stronger image but is this really her? Also it wouldn’t hurt to mix up the hair, just a tiny bit.
Katherine says: Ellie has managed to traverse that tricky line between sexy and elegant – and strangely her visible bra and panties almost look demure in contrast to some of her cohorts front-bum baring get-ups. Perhaps she could have gone a bit bolder with her accessories and beauty though, as for some reason the whole ensemble doesn’t feel totally believable – with something this simple, Ellie needs to ramp up the energy a tad more.
MILEY CYRUS IN VINTAGE
Josh says: From a songstress trying to establish her fashion look, to someone who definitely isn’t having any trouble staking her style presence, we give you Miley Cyrus. I am not sure whether I have been completely blinded by my love for Miley but, whilst this look has offended many, I am a fan! I do have a strong hatred for any kind of ‘lace up’ detailing on clothes but with the 1990s Biggie and Tupac print, it kind of works. It strikes me as a touch ‘random souvenir from the Magaluf gift shop’ plucked out of context and whacked onto the red carpet but why the hell not, it certainly mixes up the standard award ceremony red carpet fashion formula. I might have advised her to leave the boots at home; it’s a contrast which doesn’t work.
Katherine says: I should hate Miley’s look, but strangely I don’t. A parody of herself as well as an indictment of what it takes to make it in today’s hyper-sexualized music industry, Miley is quite clearly no longer the role model parents might have hoped for. However, she really and truly doesn’t seem to give a damn how many people she offends with either her dodgy dress sense or lifestyle decisions. It’s also worth remembering that this girl grew up in Nashville – tasteful fashion choices were clearly never on the agenda.
RITA ORA IN CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION
Enter Rita Ora The Hollywood Bombshell (Getty)
Josh says: Hello Rita Ora: the bombshell! Firstly I am LOVING the new hair, although a softer brow wouldn’t have gone a miss- I really want her to go for a bleached brow, do it Rita, DO IT! Any way back to the dress, with all these young singers parading around in basically nothing *enter granddad sounding voice-over and shaking of head here*a leg split seems almost conservative! It’s very Hollywood bombshell updated with modern accessories, a grown up and a more mature look from Rita than we are used to seeing. This girl cannot put a fashion foot wrong at the moment.
Katherine says: Rita’s style can be way to arbitrary for my tastes – I prefer a style icon with a discernible look. However, if ever Ms Ora were ever tempted to stick to a single fashion vibe, this Calvin Klein slinky number should be it. Like a modern day Marilyn fused with a 90s super, Rita looks hot, and even more importantly, she hardly looks as if she’s tried. Such quiet style probably won’t notch her thousands more followers on Instagram, but it’ll certainly score points with the fashion police.
IGGY AZALEA IN DILEK HANIF COUTURE
A split too far? (Getty)
Josh says: Key question: is she wearing any underwear? One flash of the wind and this could have been a serious expose, and this dress is too cut and dash: two leg splits, floor length, cut out detail on the sides, asymmetrical neck lines and then POW a red shoe. I now have a headache, thanks Iggy.
Katherine says: Iggy is clearly trying to channel Angelina’s Right Leg (or indeed Anja Rubic’s right hip), either way the obvious commando situation is so patently attention seeking, it somewhat undermines the rest of the merit-able low key styling. Surely Iggy should have noted the big pants included on Dilek Hanif’s catwalk look – as it is, the look comes off low-rent as well as lacking in imagination. Sad times.
KATY PERRY IN ZAC POSEN
Too Costume Drama? (Getty)
Josh says: Wowza it’s saying something when you label Katy Perry as conservative, but yes I am going for it, this is CONSERVATIVE. Wearing Zac Posen resort, KP is very 1950s throwback. I am all for a bit of retro glamour but I think this is just dull and a bit too frumpy as without any modern accessories the look feels a bit too costume. This was not the place for taking inspiration from your Grandmother’s photo album.
Katherine says: Katy Perry has got a cracking figure which begs to be poured into all manner of hour glass concoctions. This Eau de Nil satin cocktail dress by Zac Posen lacks the va va voom that KP deserves – the colour and the hem-length come off as overly retro and the neckline should have been lowered to hint slightly more provocatively at her ample assets. Somehow we’re in frumpy territory.