This year’s MTV Video Music Awards didn’t feature a big reveal like last year’s, but there were plenty of surprises and debuts. Rihanna, who took home Video of the Year for “We Found Love,” unveiled a new gamine pixie cut. Gabby Douglas did back flips onstage while Alicia Keys sang her new single “Girl on Fire.” The rest of the Fierce Five was in attendance, too, presenting and then shown dancing and singing along during One Direction’s performance. Taylor Swift premiered her latest hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” live, as the camera suggestively panned to her former paramour Taylor Lautner in the audience. And speaking of former beaus, Robert Pattinson took the stage alongside the maleTwilight contingent to premiere an exclusive clip from Breaking Dawn – Part 2. (Kristen Stewart, meanwhile, is in Toronto to promote On the Road.) As for the night’s red carpet style, check out the top looks—with an emphasis on “look” for a few—below.
Emma Watson went bright with a mixed-print mini dress from Peter Pilotto.
To complement her new haircut, Rihanna chose an elegant white gown.
Presenter Zoe Saldana donned a textural Salvatore Ferragamo mini dress.
Taylor Swift swapped her usual girly look for a sleek J. Mendel suit paired with Tom Ford sandals.
Miley Cyrus complemented her new punky ‘do with a sheer-paneled black Emilio Pucci gown.
Also experimenting with sheer: Katy Perry, in a transparent-skirted Elie Saab number and Jimmy Choo shoes.
Alicia Keys picked a high-slit Alexandre Vauthier creation and Gucci shoes.
Nicki Minaj wore a sparkly, form-fitting trompe l’oeil jumpsuit and highlighter yellow hair.
Stella McCartney dressed Pink in a demure, longsleeved metallic dress.
Rita Ora changed into an edgy, cut-out white gown to present onstage.