It’s been a year since Miley Cyrus shocked everyone and successfully stripped away the Hannah Montana title, and that only means one thing – it’s time for the MTV VMAs! And while last year was all about ‘Twerkgate’, this year was all about understated glamour…and Beyoncé. Who was best dressed? We’ll tell you!

BEST IN BLACK

L to R: Renee Bargh in Maticevski, Beyoncé in Nicolas Jebran, Chanel Iman in Balmain

L to R: Renee Bargh in Maticevski, Beyoncé in Nicolas Jebran, Chanel Iman in Balmain

Flying the flag for Australia was Extra TV presenter Renee Bargh in SS15 Maticevski. The dress was a perfect choice; red carpet ready, but playful and sexy, just like the spirit of the show. Letting the dress be the showstopper, the rest of her styling was kept simple and sleek.

Queen of the night/everything, Beyoncé kept to her tried-and-true mermaid gown silhouette for her red carpet look, this time in Nicolas Jebran. The black beading against the sheer lace panelling was reminiscent of her Grammy’s performance look – in a good way – continuing her sexy, grown up styling of 2014.

Chanel Iman led the pack of supermodels in Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain army, wearing a textured midi straight from the runway. On anyone shorter than her 5’10 frame, the dress may have been too much, but it works perfectly, conveying every inch the rock chick.

BEST OF THE BOLD

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L to R: Nicki Minaj in Saint Laurent, Lucy Hale in Sachin & Babi and Zimmermann, Joan Smalls in Balmain

While this year there were fewer risks on the red carpet, being that it’s MTV, there’s always the need for a little something bold. Carrying through the jungle theme from her performance, Nicki Minaj hit the red carpet in a sequinned animal print Saint Laurent mini. The dress, although more subdued than her normal selections, showed her loud personality and her natural hair and make up showed a more mature side to Nicki.

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale before her hosting duties for MTV walked the red carpet in a leather crop from Sachin & Babi paired with a stunning studded Zimmermann skirt, keeping her look youthful but event appropriate. So the look wasn’t overdone, make up was kept to a minimum, and hair was sleek and pulled back.

Joining Chanel Iman in Balmain, and nearly colliding with Kim Kardashian in a similar look, was Joan Smalls in a beaded mini from the Resort 15 collection. Compared to Kim’s over the top take on the look, her height and the no-fuss styling made the intricate dress seem effortless -easily earning her spot on the best dressed list.

DARE TO BARE

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L to R: Jourdan Dunn in Balmain, Kendall Jenner in Alon Livne and La Perla,  Miley Cyrus in Alexandre Vauthier

As we’ve seen on nearly every red carpet, crop top are having a moment right now and the VMAs were no exception. Rounding out the Balmain invasion was Jourdan Dunn, in a two piece bandeau and maxi look also from the Resort 15 collection. The simplicity of the look made it a winner, and her sleek take on the ‘Pob’ rounded out the look perfectly.

More successful on the carpet than her sisters was budding model, Kendall Jenner in a sheer shirt and tuxedo trouser look from Alon Livne. The sexy take on menswear was polished, event appropriate, and showed why she is the breakout fashion star in her family.

In a far cry from her last appearance at the awards, Miley Cyrus showed a fashion forward, mature side to her in leather separates by Alexandre Vaulthier. The fabrication speaks to both the event and Miley’s bad girl image, but the simple tailoring made it feel grown up.

WELL PAIRED

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L to R: Gwen Stefani in L.A.M.B., Solange Knowles in H&M Studio Collection, Chloë Moretz in Louis Vuitton

While most of the other attendees kept a relatively muted colour palate for their choices for the carpet, Gwen Stefani stood out in a structured fuchsia bustier and pant suit. The newest The Voice judge has been a sorely missed fixture on the red carpet circuit, and in this look, proved why she’s one of the best at individual style. Her trademark victory roll and bold lip completed her look.

Also opting for a pantsuit was Solange Knowles. Never one to be afraid of a bold silhouette, she opted for a pinstripe suit from H&M Studio Collection complete with an oversize blazer. Wearing her hair in loose waves and mostly natural make up, the major pop of her outfit was a lashing of orange mascara.

Continuing her streak of fashion wins and positions on best dressed lists was Chloë Moretz in Louis Vuitton. The belted long sleeve tee and tailored pants could have read older, but the fun colouring and beaded accents made it feel age appropriate and perfect for the event.

BEST OF THE MEN

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L to R: Nick Jonas in Vivienne Westwood MAN, Sam Smith in Calvin Klein Collection, Darren Criss

It wasn’t all about the women though, with plenty of great looks coming from the guys. Nick Jonas easily took out best dressed man in his Vivienne Westwood MAN three piece suit. A little dandy, a little rock n roll, it was the perfect choice for this event and was tailored to fit perfectly.

Also opting for a more evening take for his look was performer on the night, Sam Smith. Like Nick, he chose a three piece suit without a tie, but opted for a black Calvin Klein Collection suit. Finishing off his look, he wore his trademark pompadour hairstyle with minimal accessories.

Rounding out the best of the men was a casually styled Darren Criss. Taking a more relaxed approach, he opted for black jeans, tee, and a burnt orange blazer, and channeling a true rockstar, he kept his sunglasses on.

So that finishes off the VMAs for another year – the most shocking moment? There was none, but plenty of unforgettable performances, and amazing looks on the red carpet. Who were your favourites?

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