2020 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 6

We are just a couple days away from the 2020 VMA’s. I am really excited to see what this years virtual edition is going to bring. I have no real expectations. We’ve seen some events go really great while others have left me wanting more. I want this event to go over delivering a major production that helps us escape from the reality of the pandemic, at least for a little bit. Billie Eilish earned herself six nominations at this years VMA’s. After sweeping the Grammy’s earlier this year it would seem like she is the heir apparent to do the same for the VMA’s. When it comes to style we know that Billie favors her oversized street inspired looks. I noticed that over the course of the Fall 2020 collection presentations earlier this year that brands that I never would have turned to for looks for Billie were showing a look that could have been optioned by the teen pop star. I told a friend that writing that I was picking a look from Erdem for Billie for this wish sounds far fetched. She responded “HAHAHAHHA it’s a good dream.” Then I sent her this silver silk floral jacquard pajama inspired oversized co-ord from the Erdem Fall 2020 RTW collection and she responded with “I’d never imagine this to be HER, but it’s exactly HER.” I think that is the mark of a good designer. Erdem expanded his glam to a new market with this look and I do feel like it would be a cool moment for Billie especially styled with a pair of silver and white Roger Vivier ‘Viv Run’ crystal embellished buckle chunky sneakers. Had there been a red carpet at the VMAs it would have been the first MAJOR red carpet Demi Lovato would have walked. I would have liked to see what she would have cooked up for the red carpet. I didn’t go to the runways though for the perfect glamour moment for Demi to rock with this hot pink Versace cross draped stretch jersey halter neck gown with gold safety pin details and center split from the virtual racks of LuisaViaRoma.com. While Demi could pull a look from many major runways this dress is a super cool moment that I feel she would be able to make this gown into a MAJOR fashion moment. Styling this gown with a sleek side parted updo, thick defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, a pair of fuchsia glitter Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Polina’ strappy sandals, and Nikos Koulis ‘Feelings’ collection yellow gold chain hoop earrings with white diamonds would definitely ensured this is one of Demi’s best red carpet moments ever. I know that Halsey can serve a major fashion moment on the red carpet, but often times I feel like I’m questioning her taste. I want her to continue to give her fashionable chameleon vibes, but always making sure that she hits the high fashion marks. So when I was thinking about what I would have wanted to see her wear on the red carpet at the VMA’s if there was one I immediately went to this dramatic midnight blue, grey, lavender, and gold watercolor agate print Georges Hobeika Fall 2020 Couture gown which features dramatic caped sleeves. It’s a super cool moment and not many could sell it to me. I feel like the edgy that Halsey brings to the red carpet would definitely make sure that this look screams cool especially if styled with a short black finger wave updo, defined eyes, pink lips, a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Bel’ silver crystal embellished peep toe slingback sandals, and Anita Ko white diamond ‘Rain Drop’ earrings set in white goldMegan Thee Stallion knows how to serve glamour on the red carpet so I am disappointed that we won’t get to see her give us a major fashion moment on the VMA’s red carpet. Had there been one I would have LOVED to see Megan give us femme fatale glamour wearing this sapphire blue sequined Nedo by Nedret Taciroğlu Fall 2020 Couture strapless sculptural mermaid gown which features an asymmetric neckline, half peplum, and a thigh high split. It would ooze glamour and with old Hollywood lives, thick winged eyes, bold red lips, sapphire blue velvet Tom Ford jeweled heel sandals, and a selection of major Butani jewels including a pair of twisted wreath white diamond earrings, a white diamond leaf wave cut bracelet, and a selection of white diamond and sapphire rings. The Weeknd is nominated and will be performing at this weekends VMA’s. It’s been a while since he’s been out on the red carpet and I am excited to see what he will rock. The last red carpet he walked he gave us 70’s vibes and I kinda stuck to that for my wish for him to wear for the VMA’s. I would love to see The Weeknd rock this black damier check print single breasted suit from the Louis Vuitton Resort 2021 Menswear collection with a crisp white button down shirt and a thin black skinny tie. Finishing the moment with a pair of black Louis Vuitton ‘Voltaire’ silver metal toe capped derbies and graphite Louis Vuitton ‘Mascot Marble’ square aviator sunglasses would definitely make this a super chic menswear moment.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Sunday August 30, 2020. You can see all my VMA’s wishes here.

2020 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 5

Today’s wishes are about the men who are nominated and performing at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. I am really interested in seeing what this award show will turn out to be. When it comes to major menswear moments the men of music know how to live up to my life motto of “When In Doubt Be Extra.” So when I was picking menswear moments for the VMA’s I got to have a lot of fun going for real avant garde fashion moments for the men below to bring to life. A$AP Rocky is known for bringing the fashion factor to the red carpet. He has favored Dior Homme since Kim Jones took the helm, but instead I went to another super hyped brand for him to wear for the VMAs. I LOVE this black and chocolate brown Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 collection ensemble which features a dancing shadow sheer knit button down long sleeve top, a pair of high waisted straight leg pants, and a cummerbund. It isn’t a look for the faint of heart and I think that A$AP Rocky would definitely be able to sell it to me with ease for the VMAs. Harry Styles is a Gucci devotee. I live that Harry, especially as a a straight man, wants to blur the lines of gender on the red carpet. Unfortunately it often doesn’t work and he ends up looking like a grandma in ill-fitting clothing. Had there been a red carpet for this years VMAs I would have LOVED to see Harry rock this peach and bright floral printed Gucci Resort 2021 Menswear suit which features a box cut double breasted jacket, flared wide leg trousers, and a beige pussy bow blouse. It is definitely right up Harry’s sense of style and I feel like we will definitely see him bring this look to life at some point. His tousled waves and a pair of oatmeal leather Gucci horsebit leather loafers would finish this look perfectly. John Legend is nominated in two new categories at the VMA’s. He could take home the Moonperson for Best Music Video from Home and/or Best Quarantine Performance. Now with his awards being taken from the Pandemic performance shift I would imagine that if John won anything that he will accept it from home super casual. It’s a shame because I always love seeing him and wife Chrissy Teigan rocking a red carpet. So of course I had to pick two looks for the couple as if there were going to be a red carpet. For John I would have loved to see him rock this Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh Resort 2021 Menswear suit which features a grey single button blazer with an asymmetrical band detail on the waist and a pair of slim fit black trousers. Now I would have switched up the styling a bit instead styling it with a crisp white shirt, a black bow tie, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Met Greggo’ glitter, patent, and velvet silver heeled cap toe oxfords. Now for Chrissy, who recently announced that she was pregnant, I went with fun glamour opting for this black and silver beaded fringe covered Azzaro Fall 2019 Couture halter gown which features a loose fit and a side split. This gown would be a super glam maternity moment and I feel like Chrissy would definitely be able to sell it to me giving a bit of a twist and twirl to really work that fringe to it’s full potential. A sleek updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Follies Strass’ crystal embellished mesh pointed toe pumps, and dazzling white diamond Butani chandelier earrings would definitely make sure this couple, as usual, would have delivered glamour on the VMA’s red carpet. I love Maluma. He is always one to serve a look so I am really excited to see what he will wear for the VMAs where he is both nominated and performing. I went through a gambit of different labels when I was thinking about what to pick for Maluma, but it was this Dior grey two button double breasted Dior Men Spring 2019 Menswear suit with a cream to fuchsia ombre silk sash kept popping back into my mind. We’ve seen a couple iterations of this look on the red carpet thanks to Gwendoline Christie and Darren Criss, but I feel like Maluma would definitely give this style a MAJOR red carpet moment. The runways t-shirt and a pair of silver Balenciaga tyrex nylon, mesh, faux leather, and rubber sneakers would add the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble for Maluma. The last look today is for Travis Scott. I’ve definitely kept an eye on Travis and his style. He tends to favor looks from Dior Homme or Louis Vuitton, but I saw this sunset print Balmain Resort 2021 Menswear blazer and matching button down shirt worn unbuttoned with a black t-shirt and black trousers and it spoke to me. It is a super cool look and I feel like Travis would bring his effortless cool vibe to this look for sure. I would finish the look with statement sneakers via a pair of black and gold Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Talon’ low top sneakers to really make sure this look is cool from head to toe.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Sunday August 30, 2020. You can see all my VMA’s wishes here.

2020 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

We are getting closer and closer to this years VMA’s. I feel like we still do not know what the show is going to look like and how it will be staged. I am really interested in seeing what the producers are putting together. I am disappointed that we won’t actually get a red carpet, but I am interested in seeing what everyone wears for their performances and to accept their awards. MTV did announce plans for the show to “[span] all five boroughs” to “pay homage to the strength, spirit and incredible resilience of NYC and its beloved residents.” I would be shocked if Alicia Keys, who does come across as an ultimate New Yorker, won’t perform. She is nominated for Best R&B thanks to her song “Underdog” which focuses on rising in situations that may be difficult. I went back to the same idea I had for Keke Palmer and picked a head to toe look for Alicia from black designers starting with an eggplant iridescent velvet Christopher John Rogers Fall 2020 RTW double breasted suit which features strong shoulders, slouchy sleeves, and wide leg trousers. I can definitely imagine Alicia sitting at a piano placed in the middle of a street in New York City as the sun sets performing “Underdog” in this suit. It would be made even better with a sleek updo with perfectly beat babyhairs, smokey eyes. glossy nude pink lips, a pair of black Brother Vellies ‘Bowery Palms’ feather detailed sling back strappy sandals, and white diamond Vanleles ‘Bridal Cuff’ marquis and pear shaped wreath earrings.When I head that Chloe x Halle were only given a place to perform in the VMA’s pre-show I was annoyed. First I don’t know how that will work. The pre-show usually takes place on the red carpet as guests arrive. Well there is no red carpet. So why not just call it the show. Second I feel like these sisters have been doing it for a while now and deserve the plunge to the main show. Either way I am excited to see what they and stylist Zerina Akers are going to cook up for the VMA’s. I decided to pick two complimentary looks from the David Koma Fall 2020 RTW collection for these ladies starting with a black slim fit wool single button suit with a white and green crystal embellished harness for Chloe Bailey and a black sequined jersey long sleeve mini dress which features a cutout neckline for Halle Bailey. The two looks are super sexy and glamorous and I feel like these sisters would own their respective moments at the VMA’s. To style the looks I would love to see Chloe with a sleek ponytail of braids, smokey eyes, deep red glossy lips, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Galativi’ crystal embellished mesh paneled pointed toe pumps and Halle with an intricate asymmetrical braid updo, thick defined eyes, deep red glossy lips, a pair of black patent leather Christian Louboutin ‘Open Liloo’ crisscross strap sandals, and a selection of Gismondi 1754 jewels including ‘Prato Fiorito’ white diamond and emerald earcuffs and a statement white diamond and emerald ‘Cascata’ waterfall cocktail ring. The styling would definitely turn these looks into major moments. It was the custom red sequin ‘siren’ emblazoned Moschino gown at the 2019 MTV VMAs that told me that Lizzo was going to be a fashionable force to be reckoned with. I’ve been obsessed with her looks from Atelier Versace, Moschino, Mary Katrantzou, and more! She is nominated for two VMAs this year and I would have loved to see what she would wear for the red carpet this year. I was thinking about looks and I fell in love with this jade green Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2020 Couture gown which gives distinct 60’s palm springs hostess caftan vibes with its ostrich feather trim. It is super glam but definitely not a look that anyone could pull off. I feel like this is such a bold statement and I think that Lizzo has the presence to make it work. I would make this look even more major with a teased bouffant updo, smokey glitter eyes, deep red Pat McGrath glitter lips, a pair of gold trimmed Votette ‘Cindy’ pointed toe PVC pumps, and statement Mateo NY 14k gold and white pearl ‘Blizzard’ mobile drop earrings. Machine Gun Kelly will also be performing at the 2020 VMAs “pre-show” what ever that means. The rapper is definitely known to serve a cool menswear moment and I am praying we see that from him at the 2020 VMA’s. We’ve seen him pull looks from Calvin Klein by Raf Simons, Comme de Garcons, and Saint Laurent but instead of going to one of those top tier labels instead I wanted to see MGK rock a look from Netflix’s Next In Fashion Season 1 runner up Daniel W. Fletcher. I LOVE this look which features a black tuxedo coat, a white unbuttoned button down, a pair of boot cut white piped slashed trousers, and a wide white asymmetrical cummerbund from his Fall 2020 Menswear collection titled “Start Me Up.” It is a cool new take on the classic tuxedo and I feel like that is what MGK is into. Only thing I would add a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Trapman Flat’ formal combat style leather boots and two Jacob & Co necklaces including a white gold set white diamond studded ‘Safety Pin’ necklace and a white diamond asscher cut cross pendant necklace to really make this look super cool. Finishing out this list is the gorgeous Taylor Swift who is nominated for 5 VMA’s. We haven’t heard about Taylor performing or making any appearances at this years event. I won’t lie to you I’m not loving her new album, but I would love to see her give a super soft glam moment inspired by the aesthetic the album gives wearing this grey and white marbled pattern chiffon Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture one shoulder gown which features a defined waist, ruffle detail on the shoulder, an a-line skirt, and a thigh high split. It is the soft moody glam effortless elegance that is woven in the music from Folklore and I feel like it would be a gorgeous gown on Taylor. It would also be a gorgeous gown if she does perform a song like “Cardigan.” A romantic curly updo, soft defined smokey eyes, light pink lips, a pair of iridescent silver Christian Louboutin ‘Spikaqueen’ crystal embellished PVC pointed toe ankle strap pumps, and a selection of elegant Kwiat jewels including a pair of white diamond ‘Legacy Petal’ floral teardrop earrings and a white diamond ‘Entwine’ 4-row cuff bangle bracelet would add the perfect finishing touches to this look.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Sunday August 30, 2020. You can see all my VMA’s wishes here.

2020 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 3

The Jonas Brothers only picked up one VMA’s nomination this year and aren’t as of late scheduled to perform. I would have loved to see the JoBros walk the red carpet with their wives who stared alongside the brothers in the nominated “What A Man Gotta Do” music video. This is one fashionable family. So I am really disappointed that we won’t get to see them on the red carpet. The Jonas Brothers have been giving great coordinated looks as they’ve been on the red carpet promoting their return. I turned to the newest Atelier Versace collection that featured more menswear then we have ever seen before. I picked three complimentary looks that I feel speaks to each of the brother’s sense of style. Let’s start with Nick. I love this gold chainmail tuxedo blazer with gold striped pants. Nick can be drawn to a very extra take on masculinity and that is exactly what we see in this look. For Kevin I went a little more conservative with a black silk jacquard double breasted tuxedo that features some crystal embellishment on the shoulders and gold buttons. Out of the three brothers Kevin is definitely the most conservative when it comes to style, but he isn’t afraid to push the boundaries a little bit. This look speaks to both sides of Kevin’s style. Finally for Joe I went with the most avant garde style which features a peak label blazer with rose pink to black ombre blazer. It’s a cool look and I know that Joe would make sure it was a super cool moment for the red carpet. Of the Jonas Brother wives Priyanka Chopra is by far the most fashionable. I have long loved seeing Priyanka on the red carpet and I’m disappointed that we won’t get to see her and Nick together on the red carpet. I decided to pick a look from the same Atelier Versace collection I picked the tuxedos for Nick, Kevin, & Joe. I LOVE this sunset orange and coral pink strapless gown which features a crystal embellished lace bodysuit and a scarf style a-line skirt with a thigh high split and a dramatic train. I feel like this color would be major on Priyanka. Old Hollywood waves, bronze smokey eyes, dark coral lips, a pair of gold crystal embellished Rene Caovilla ‘Cleo’ anklet coil sandals, and simple yellow diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection briolette cut simple chandelier earrings would make this a major moment. Sophie Turner is locked to her Louis Vuitton contract so I am sure that if she were to attend the VMA’s with the Joe Jonas I know she would rock an LV look on the red carpet. There aren’t many I really would want to see her bring to life. I do think that this speed racer meets bohemian meets rock and roll glam moment from the Louis Vuitton Fall 2019 RTW collection is really one of the only looks I would like to see Sophie bring to life on this red carpet. The leather bodice and the mini skirt over the chiffon pants is a cool look and I think that it could be a cool look for Sophie to bring to life with a sleek high ponytail, thick defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black leather Louis Vuitton ‘Horizon’ platform sandals, and Ana Khouri ‘Lily’ 18k fairmined gold and white diamond drop hoop earrings. Danielle Jonas doesn’t do a while lot of fashion I would have still loved to see her bring some glamour to the red carpet at the VMAs with her husband Kevin. I don’t have a while lot to reference when it comes to Danielle’s style I thought this silver grey Nedo by Nedret Taciroğlu Spring 2020 Couture gown would be perfect. Its super glamorous and I feel like it would compliment the Atelier Versace tuxedo I’ve picked for Kevin. I would love to see Danielle wear this gown with a sleek updo, defined eyes, deep rose pink lips, a pair of silver grey Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Catia’ strappy sandals, and Kwiat ‘American Beauty’ pear shape and marquise hanging earrings. It would definitely make sure that the Jonas Brother’s and company would have shut down the VMA’s red carpet.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Sunday August 30, 2020. You can see all my VMA’s wishes here.

2020 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

The VMA’s are coming and I am really excited to see what this years event will look like. The producers are creating bubbles for performers and their crews in New York and LA. I was hoping for a red carpet, but it doesn’t seem like that will happen. I do hope that glam squads are putting together formal looks in addition to performance looks so that if their clients are presenting or performing they serve us up FASHION. In today’s wishes you are going to find a plethora of superb glam moments for nominees and performers at this years VMA’s they all would have been major moments on the red carpet, but would be just as major from a studio space. I just want major fashion. Is that too much to ask for? Rain on Me has lead Ariana Grande (and of course Queen Gaga) to the most VMA nominations this year. They will also be performing at this years ceremony. We haven’t seen them able to get out and perform this song before so I am really excited to see what will come. Now while later you are going to see a wish for Gaga’s performance outfit I just picked a look for Ariana to wear if she gives us DRAMA to accept any of the awards she and Gaga are bound to win. I would love to see her grab up this fuchsia pink tulle Ralph & Russo Fall 2020 Couture ballgown which features a sweetheart neckline, asymmetrically micro pleated bustier bodice, and multi-layered voluminous fan frill skirt with cascading train. It is that frothy feminine moment that we know Ari loves and I feel like it would be a superb moment for her to wear for the VMA’s. Now she would most likely style this look with her signature pony tail (insert eye roll here), but I would love to see her switch things up and style this gown with a major big bun updo. A thick winged eyeliner, soft pink lips, a pair of fuchsia pink grosgrain Casadei ‘Cannete Blade’ pointed toe stilettos, and a selection of Butani jewels including simple pink ruby and white diamond teardrop stud earrings, a statement white diamond collar necklace, and a selection of two pink ruby and white diamond bracelets would add the perfect finishing touches to this look for Ariana. Camila Cabello is far from someone I get excited to see on the red carpet. She tends to look cheap and disheveled even when she’s wearing couture. It really is her hair that ruins looks for me. I feel like she could deliver good looks, but her pageant princess meets sex hair just doesn’t work for me. To put her on the path to a glamorous moment I started with this dusty sky blue tulle Christian Dior Spring 2020 Couture off the shoulder knot draped a-line ball gown. I feel like this gown speaks to Camila’s sexy meets bohemian glam sense of style. I feel like this could be a superb moment for Camila. I feel like maybe the pairing of Camila and Dior, both of whom I usually find very lackluster, could potentially work very well together. To make this look really work I would love to see Camila style this gown with a romantic curly and braided updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of silver lizard leather embossed Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Catia’ strappy sandals, and Tiffany & Co. drop earrings set in platinum with emerald-cut aquamarines and baguette white diamonds from the 2019 Tiffany Blue Book Collection.Dua Lipa knows how to bring the sexy and I am hoping we will see her take part in the show where she is nominated for 4 awards. I thought going to a British label known for his love of sex was the right choice for Dua. I love this black velvet and lace Christopher Kane Fall 2020 RTW mini dress which features a bralet, cutout underboob, corset style waist, and a flounced a-line skirt and I really do think it would be super sexy glam moment for Dua to wear for an event like the VMA’s. I feel like Kane designs are a little underrated. He is a master at toeing the like between sex, glamour, and trash without it coming across as trashy. A sleek updo, defined soft smokey eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black velvet Christian Louboutin ‘Rabakate Alta 120’ peep toe half d’Orsay platform pumps, and art deco inspired Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2020 geometric white diamond and emerald drop earrings would definitely ensure this look screams absolute glamour from head to toe. When Lady Gaga is announced as a guest at any event she automatically becomes the person I am most excited to see. I feel like I never know what she will bring to life on the red carpet. I am sad that there will be no actual red carpet for Lady Gaga to grace this year. As I mentioned earlier I hope stars will bring a major fashion moment for both acceptance speeches and performances. Gaga is one of the stars who I actually picked two different looks for starting with that red carpet look for accepting the awards I am sure she will take home this year. It was recently announced that Gaga will front the next Valentino fragrance campaign and so I turned to the Valentino Spring 2020 Couture collection for a major fashion moment for her to bring to life at the VMAs with this baby pink silk and ostrich feather gown. This gown which features that major feathered bodice, a red lined skirt, thigh high split, and a dramatic train is definitely in tune with Gaga’s style. She is one of very, very few stars who I feel like would be able to make this gown really come to life and not let it wear her. I would let the gown be the statement with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a pair of baby pink Pleaser ‘Aspire’ peep toe platform sandals, and a selection of dazzling Tiffany & Co, jewels including drop earrings set in platinum featuring pink kunzites and white diamonds and a geometric circle white diamond 2015 Blue Book cuff bracelet. To perform “Rain on Me” in a yet to be disclosed location (hopefully the streets of NYC) I turned to The Blonds and this major sequin and crystal detailed look from their Fall 2018 RTW collection. I fell like this gold moto jacket trimmed with floor length fringe paired with a disco ball bodysuit is right up Gaga’s ally. It would be a super cool moment styled with long center parted straight hair, a gold Manokhi biker hat, thick defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, the runways spike studded gold thigh high Christian Louboutin boots, and by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. ‘Leaves’ ear clips with peridots and diamonds set in platinum and 18 karat gold.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Sunday August 30, 2020. You can see all my VMA’s wishes here.

2020 MTV Video Music Awards Wish List Part 1

Today we are kicking off my wishes for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards with 9 major fashion moments I would love to see Keke Palmer to wear over the course of the evening as the shows hostess. “We’re thrilled to have the multi-talented Keke Palmer as this year’s ‘VMAs’ host,” said Bruce Gillmer, president of music, music talent, programming and events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, in a statement. “Keke is an energetic force and a quadruple threat with unmatched comedic wit who will make this year’s show truly unforgettable.” This years show was supposed to take place at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. While the show was set to go ahead with a limited audience of just nominees, presenters, and performers the show will now be shot all over New York City paying tribute to the city’s resillancy. As I was starting to think about the looks I wanted to see Keke wear over the course of the evening I started thinking about how this could be a great platform for her to make a statement wearing exclusively black designers. So all the looks below, including the shoes and jewelry, come from black creatives. I am so excited about each of these looks. It would be a great contigant of moments for Keke to bring to life. Look 1: To kick off the night I picked this gorgeous multi tone green completely beaded column gown which features puffy long sleeves, a collar neck, cutout chest, and a thigh high split from Esé Azénabor a Nigerian born Canadian transplant got to Texas as fast as she could. Hailing from a family who considered fashion design more of a hobby than a career, Esé started designing at the early age of 8 Years old. She had to sweep her creative urges under the rug because her maiden name “Azénabor” was grounded in the fields of medicine, law, and engineering, and she, in turn, attended the University of Windsor in Windsor Ontario, Canada majoring in Accounting. A move to Dallas,TX followed, to pursue a Master’s Degree at Southern Methodist University, detoured to following her dreams and started designing handmade dresses for herself, friends and family. This statement gown is super cool and I would love to see Keke give this gown a major style moment. This platform would allow Keke to give major exposure to brands that don’t have the same level as some of the big legacy houses. To complete this look I would style it with a sleek side parted low bun, forest green smokey eyes, nude glossy lips, a pair of BYDOSE ‘Aurum’ knotted thing strappy stiletto sandals, and Vanleles ‘The Nile’ white diamond and emerald stud earrings. Look 2: The second look I’ve picked for Keke is a much more recognizable name with a silver sequined Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh Fall 2020 RTW draped gown which features a ruffled scarf collar asymmetric neckline, and a side split. We know who Virgil is. He’s edgy and as he would say “glamorous.” This silver gown isn’t boundary pushing, I wouldn’t say most of Virgil’s looks are boundary pushing, but it would be a really cool moment for Keke to wear over the course of the VMA’s telecast. Style this look with the same hair, simple defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of white Brother Vellies ‘Paloma’ feather wrap sandals, and a selection of Thelma West diamonds including old mine cut round drop earrings and an art deco inspired cocktail ring to ensure glamour from head to toe.

Look 3: Most of the looks I’ve picked for Keke are major gown moments so this raspberry pink crepe Cushnie Fall 2020 drapes strapless jumpsuit would be a nice change of pace from those more dramatic gowns. This jumpsuit is the perfect balance of sexy, chic, and elegant. I know that Keke would definitely infuse some more major sex appeal into this look styling it with a sleek center parted long straight hairstyle tucked behind the ears, defined eyes, matching raspberry pink lips, a pair of pink Voyetté ‘V’ crystal embellished ankle strap sandals, and Vanleles ‘Amor’ white diamond and ruby heart shaped earrings.

Look 4: Aliette is the brainchild of stylist Jason Rembert. He launched his formal wear collection last January and since has continued to showcase super chic evening wear in bold color and with great cut. I love this teal blue strappy cut out one shoulder column gown which features a hip high split and I feel like it would be a great moment for Keke to bring to life during her time as hostess of the 2020 VMA’s. Style it with a sleek high ponytail, smokey eyes, ruby red glossy lips, a pair of iridescent silver Voyetté ‘Naój’ crystal studded ankle strappy tie sandals, and MATEO New York 14k white gold set aquamarine, blue topaz, white diamond, and white pearl geometric drop earrings and it would be the definition of sexy glam for Keke.

Look 5: I first learned about Hanifa in the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests as Instagram started to flood with black owned fashion brands. It was out of these IG posts that I really came to the conclusion that I wanted to do a whole wish list dedicated to black owned fashion brands. The creative director Anifa Mvuemba hails from Congo and brings a very luxe aesthetic. I was looking at the label to pick the perfect moment for Keke and when I saw this tangerine orange ruched column gown which features ruffled cape sleeves I knew it was the perfect. It would hug all of Keke’s curves. A sleek updo, defined eyes, dark berry lips, a pair of gold piped clear PVC Jessica Rich ‘Love’ pointed toe d’Orsay pumps, and statement gold drop earrings and cuff from Adinkras Jewels would continue to ensure that Keke shuts down the VMA’s. Look 6: Sai Sankoh is a young fashion brand blended with vintage style and modern fashion. Created by entrepreneur and luxury fashion consultant Sai Sankoh. Sai is a native from Sierra Leone in West Africa and is deeply inspired by the glamour of the Old Hollywood Era. This bold red ‘Marcella’ asymmetric gown features a single sleeve, a very daring hip high curves cutout split, and a long train is a perfect example of balancing the old Hollywood glamour and modern sex appeal. In terms of design it’s the simplest in terms of idea and construction, but the color and the sex appeal is what will sell this look. I know that Keke can make it happen especially styled with a sleek updo, defined eyes, glossy nude lips, a pair of red Kendall Miles ‘Posh’ ostrich feather trimmed ankle strap d’Orsay pumps, and statement white diamond and ruby Vanleles ‘Enchanted Garden’ titanium flower earrings.

Look 7: I couldn’t do a list of looks from black designers for Keke to wear to host the VMA’s without including Christopher John Rogers. The designer has had a meteoric rise. Last January I didn’t know who he was. Then Lizzo wore his designs, then he had a major show at NYFW, then he won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and showed ANOTHER major show at NYFW. It’s from that second show that I pulled my wish for Keke. By CJR standards this black iridescent sequined strapless column from his Fall 2020 RTW show is very simple and tame, but I think with all of the drama in other looks that this chic look would be a great moment for Keke. Style it with old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, deep red glossy lips, a pair of black Fenty ‘Cowgirl Hookup’ crystal trimmed strappy sandals, and a vintage art deco rhinestone choker from Serendipitous Project and it would scream glamour.

Look 8: ATAFO is Nigerian bespoke fashion tailor. He caught the attention of the fashion industry for the creation of his brand, Mai Atafo (now just ATAFO) and by enrolling the Leeds-based Savile Row Academy to further train as a tailor. You can see that tailoring expertise on display in this black and white gingham strapless asymmetrical corset bustier and skirt with a bold yellow bow on the hip. This a more casual vibe than the other looks I picked for Keke, but still a superb moment for the VMA’s. I would love to see her rock this look with a sleek center parted hairstyle tucked behind the ears, smokey eyes, bold fire engine red matte lips, black knotted leather Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh gladiator sandals, and a pair of blackened gold ALAMSIKA ‘Le Cauri Endiamante’ cowrie shell inspired drop earrings pave set with white diamonds.

Look 9: Closing out the wishes is another designer I couldn’t not include: Balmain by Olivier Rousting. He is the only black creative director for a major legacy fashion house and knows how to bring drama to the red carpet. I went back to his Spring 2020 RTW collection picking this black sheer striped chiffon gown which features orange and blue marbled geometric details, an off the shoulder neckline, poet sleeves, a center split, and a train because it just fits the VMA’s vibe. I could have gone with something more embellished, but this look spoke to me. It is a cool and edgy take on modern glamour which is exactly what I want to see Keke wear all night as she hosts the VMAs. This look would come together perfectly for her to close out the show with a sleek updo, defined eyes, matte bronze lips, a pair of black patent leather Balmain ‘Pippa’ peep toe gold metal detailed platform ankle strap sandals, and thick twisted Stella and Haas ‘Flora’ gold hoops.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Sunday August 30, 2020.

2019 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

Now that we are past my wishes for the 2019 Venice Film Festival it is time to move on to the big red carpet coming on Monday: the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. I am always excited to see what will happen on this red carpet. It really is a space where anything goes. Planning wishes for this red carpet has been a lot of fun. I didn’t do as many custom looks for this red carpet as I typically do for a major red carpet, but there are a lot of major moments that have come down the runways. That being said my first wish for the 2019 MTV VMA’s I am starting with a custom moment. Ariana Grande is the face of Givenchy right now and I am ready to see her first red carpet in the brand. I decided to go the custom route for Ariana after falling in love with this silver sequin bubble skirt and organza underskirt as it came down the Givenchy Fall 2019 Couture runway. That being said I wasn’t a fan of the black taffeta bodice that the dress was designed with, so I sent it to Evita and had her work her magic. She actually sent me both versions as individual versions for this years red carpet. I saw both and immediately thought it would make a perfect convertible moment for Ariana to wear for the 2019 VMA’s. Ari typically wears short dresses for music awards red carpets, so I thought this gives the best of both worlds. For the red carpet I would want to see Ariana bring the glam with the bubble sequin dress with a structured bodice and thin straps with the metallic silver organza underskirt that it was paired with on the runway. When she gets inside I would have Ariana remove that underskirt and hike up the pickups making it more of a mini dress using the ribbon details. I think it would make for such a major red carpet moment for Ariana, easily one of her best. It would be finished perfectly with a sleek high bun, thick winged eyeliner, dark red lips, a pair of silver Givenchy slingback strappy sandals, and dazzling white diamond and black enamel Nikos Koulis ‘Oui’ collection chandelier earrings. Billie Eilish will make her first major red carpet appearance at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. The “Bad Guy” artist is definitely one to watch. She was just invited to a Chanel celebration and I feel like will be embraced by more of high fashion soon. In an interview with Vogue Australia Billie said “It kind of gives nobody the opportunity to judge what your body looks like. I want layers and layers and layers and I want to be mysterious. You don’t know what’s underneath and you don’t know what’s on top.” She just clarified that comment after it has been taken that she doesn’t want to be sexualized saying to Pharell Williams in V Magazine’s September Issue: “It’s more, just, I wear what I want to wear, but of course, everyone sees it as, ‘She’s saying no to being sexualized’ and ‘She’s saying no to being the stereotypical female’.” I see it as Billie wanting to have this air of mystery and anonymity about her and she has the perfect stylist to embrace that in Samantha Burkhart (who most iconically dresses SIA.) So to keep that air of mystery alive I decided to to keep the more oversized vibe that Billie has been embracing as of late in play picking this baby boy blue Louis Vuitton Spring 2020 Menswear loose fit suit which features a matching cotton t-shirt and a LV logo harness. I went to a friend of mine with about 20 options from everyone from Giambattista Valli and Givenchy to Zac Posen and Gucci, but she was immediately drawn directly to this Louis Vuitton look. It was one of the first things I looked at too, but given the fact that Diet Prada ripped Virgil Abloh apart for using the LV logo like Stefano Pilati did with the YSL logo a decade ago I wonder if this look will actually be embraced as a celebrity moment outside of someone like Kanye, Jay-Z, or Kim Kardashian. I can definitely see this as being one of Billie’s first groundbreaking moment into the world of high fashion. Honestly I would keep the look with the runways sneakers adding long center parted locks, smokey eyes behind tiny sunglasses, and nude lips to finish this look perfectly. Halsey has a couple of nominations at this years VMAs, but given the fact the she isn’t performing or presenting I wonder if she will be on this red carpet Monday night. I go back and forth when it comes to her style. She left long time stylist Maeve Reilly last year and honestly ever since I have questioned, and not in a good way, what she has been thinking when getting ready for the red carpet. What I love most about Halsey is that she is a style chameleon. She is always playing with her aesthetic. One day she will be a princess and the next a rock and roll and the next a mermaid. What is always consistent is that whatever she is wearing she always infuses a bit of punk into her vibe. For Monday’s red carpet I want to see Halsey deliver an uber sexy moment wearing this black silk Versace Fall 2019 RTW cutout bondage inspired gown which features gold hardware, a column skirt, and a thigh high split. Now she has never been dressed by Versace in the past, at least not main line, and that might make this a stretch, but I definitely believe this is a perfect moment for her to wear on the VMAS red carpet. I would finish this look with a buzz cut, defined eyes, bold red lips, a black and gold Judith Leiber Couture ‘Beverage Can Savage’ crystal embellished minaudiere, a pair of black Casadei ‘Julia Lily Rose’ crystal embellished strappy sandals, and statement Messika “ My Twin Mono Hoop” 18k gold and white diamond hoop earrings. Taylor Swift dropped her new album LOVER and I have been listing to it all morning. She is nominated for several VMAs this year and will also be opening the show this year. I wonder if that will mean she skips the red carpet all together? She has been very selective with the red carpets she has walked for the last 2 years only attending a small handful of events. If she does I decided to go with a custom Stella McCartney cocktail dress. Taylor name dropped the British designer in her song “London Boy” on her new album and Taylor does have a collaboration with Stella right now to help promote the album. The custom sea glass blue one sleeve Stella McCartney mini dress which features a structured metal detail on the neckline, all over sequin embroidery, pink and silver beaded heart and star appliqués, a wavy mini hem, and a fringe sash draped from a single hip. Each part of this look comes from a different Stella McCartney design and colored in the pastel vibe Taylor has embraced for this album. Styling the dress with a romantic updo, defined cat eyes, punchy pink lips, white Christian Louboutin ‘Faradavavie’ see through vinyl and metallic leather strappy pearl studded sandals, and a pair of dazzling Anabela Chan ‘Blush Opal Passiflora’ chandelier earrings in 18k rose and white gold vermeil with 18k gold earring posts, laboratory-grown and created gemstones including pink sapphires, lilac amethysts, yellow sapphires, white diamonds and blush pink opals would definitely ensure this is a perfect moment for Taylor to bring to life on the VMAs red carpet.

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Monday August 26, 2019.

2018 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 5

Monday the brightest stars in music and beyond will descend on the red carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. This years show sounds like it is going to be really great. I am obsessed with the stars who are nominated, presenting, and performing this year and I just hope that everyone brings the glamour to the red carpet. Amandla Stenberg has been on my radar for a while now, since she played Rue in The Hunger Games to be honest. She is going to be one of the many presenters during the show and I am very excited to see what she will bring. She literally just started working with superstar stylist Karla Welch and I am really excited to see where their relationship can go. I had honestly already picked this Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019 ensemble which features a lace detailed draped champagne silk top and a pair of lace and beaded scalloped drawstring shorts before I heard that Amandla was working with Karla, but since Karla does so well placing LV on her clients (especially Ruth Negga) that I thought that this would be just the perfect mashing of talents. Amandla has this edgy yet bohemian style and I think that is exactly what we get from this look. I thought about turning this top into a gown, but then I thought about it and the runway look just fit the vibe of the VMA’s. I think that if Amandla styled this ensemble with full pulled back curls, smokey eyes, burgundy lips, gold brocade Louis Vuitton ‘Night Bloom’ ankle boots, and a pair of Louis Vuitton ‘Bionic’ miss-matched wings and leaves earrings that this look would be absolutely perfect from head to toe. Common knows how to give good menswear on the red carpet. He doesn’t typically go for printed suits on the red carpet, but for the 2018 VMA’s (where he’s presenting) I went for a printed look for the rapper to rock on the red carpet. I don’t typically like shiny suits but I definitely think that this black Fendi Spring 2019 Menswear silk suit which features a tribal pattern embroidered on both the jacket and pants which I would keep paired with the black button down shirt with red piping on the collar and down the button lines is something that Common would rock with ease and aplomb on this red carpet. The shiny suit reads more formal but the embroidery and the bowling style shirt would bring this look to the more laid back vibe of the VMA’s red carpet. A pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Mika Sky’ derbies would just continue to make sure that this look is perfect for the this red carpet. After having a major year of giving birth, gracing her first post baby red carpet in custom Alexander Wang at the Met Gala, and turning 21 Kylie Jenner is expected to take to the red carpet at the VMA’s next Monday with her baby daddy Travis Scott. He is performing and I feel like Kylie will be there to support him. (Will Kris play the glam-mother and babysit Stormi?) I thought about a Balmain mini dress, but I wanted to give Kylie a more glamorous moment for this red carpet. So I went to Michael Costello and found this burgundy draped gown which features  a high ruffled neck, keyhole cutout, ruched waist, flowing skirt, sexy split, and a dramatic train. It was everything I was looking for: sexy, dramatic, and glamorous. I want Kylie to really deliver on this red carpet. I don’t know what it is about her but she is one of the few Kardashian-Jenner’s that I can actually support and I want to see her rock the red carpet in the most glamorous looks possible. I think that with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, her Kylie Cosmetics ‘Twenty’ colored lip kit, and a pair of bronze Casadei crossover strap platform sandals all would really ensure that this is a major glam moment for Kylie.Shay Mitchell knows how to give chic and sexy moments on the red carpet and that is exactly what I am expecting to see her bring to the red carpet Monday at the VMA’s. She is also one of this years many confirmed presenters and I am really looking forward to seeing what she will rock. I could have picked just about anything off the runway for Shay. She can wear just about anything and look great, but when I saw this white Balmain one shoulder evening gown which features silver crystal embellishments on on side of the hip, an asymmetric high-low skirt, and ruched details on the Neiman Marcus website it got me excited. It is glamorous, chic, and sexy and that is exactly what I think we will see Shay bring to this red carpet on Monday. I would add a sleek hairstyle tucked behind the ears, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of silver Gianvito Rossi asymmetric crystal embellished sandals, and Hueb ‘Luminous’ diamond and emerald earrings to really keep this look sleek, chic, and glamorous. Tiffany Haddish has really been an unexpected style star. I am really excited to see what the Night School star is going to bring the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet next week. I feel like her image architect Law Roach will bring something awesome to the table for this red carpet. I went really edgy picking this black Off White c/o Virgil Abloh Fall 2018 RTW half crocodile leather and half lamb leather cocktail dress which features an asymmetrical jewel neckline with a cutout at the shoulder, ruched details, an asymmetrical hem, and a single three-quarter length sleeve for Tiffany to rock on this red carpet. It has 0 hangar appeal, but I think that the way it hugs curves would look absolutely amazing on this red carpet. I think that sleek hair, smokey eyes, nude glossy lips, and a pair of black suede Jimmy Choo ‘Tacey’ slingback pumps embellished with crystals and feathers would really made this look extra af, and I totally think that Tiffany would own it with her confident presence.

The 2018 MTV Movie & Television Awards will take place on Monday August 20, 2018.

2018 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

Oh yes we have more wishes for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. The awards show is one of the most varied red carpet and I am really interested in seeing what all of the stars will bring this year. This is the first time that the awards show has returned to the iconic Radio City Music Hall since the infamous 2009 ceremony where Kanye West stole the microphone from Taylor Swift. Will we have another iconic year this year? I sure hope so. Not just in terms of content of the show, but also in really great red carpet moments.Blake Lively is gearing up to promote her upcoming film A Simple Favor and is going to be one of the many presenters on Monday night at the 2018 VMA’s. Regular readers will know that Blake is one of my red carpet goddesses and I am already really excited to see what she will bring to this red carpet. Surprisingly this is the first time that Blake will be at the VMA’s and I am really excited to see what she is going to pull out. She doesn’t work with a stylist instead she picks fashion and sends her options to her friends like Christian Louboutin and Lorraine Schwartz to help style the looks. Blake has very much been a long time friend of Versace and I feel like it is the perfect brand for her to bring to life on this red carpet. I went simple yet sexy and glamorous by picking this black Versace Resort 2019 draped fringe cocktail dress which features a one shoulder silhouette and asymmetrical hemline for Blake to rock on this red carpet. She usually goes for sexy leg or breast baring looks for a red carpet like this, but I think that this dress is the perfect mesh of Hollywood starlet glamour and edgy sex appeal for this red carpet. I would leave the 3D floral broach at home instead opting to pair this dress with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, red lips, a grey pearl acrylic Judith Leiber ridged art deco crystal embellished clutch, black lace and satin Christian Louboutin ‘Nouba’ peep toe sandals, and a pair of Lorraine Schwartz paraiba tourmaline and diamond stud earrings. I think that this would really ensure that Blake gives a head to toe perfect moment for her VMA’s debut. Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino has seven VMA nominations this year for his viral hit video “This Is America.” I feel like he just might walk away from this years ceremony with one, or more, moon men in his possession. He has some really great style and I feel like he will give us something to really get excited about when he steps onto the VMA’s red carpet next week. When it came to the men Donald was the easiest to pick a look to rock for this red carpet. I wanted him to rock Virgil Abloh’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton and so I went for one of the sleekest and boldest moments from that collection with this red single breasted suit with a matching t-shirt from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2019 Menswear collection. It isn’t exactly a boundary pushing menswear moment, but I definitely think that it has the potential to be a real wow moment. Leather harnesses were a staple in this collection and I would like to see Donald swap the cognac leather one and matching belt from the runway for the poppy print harness from another look and swap the belt for a simple black belt. Finishing the look with a pair of black Louis Vuitton ‘Black Ice’ studded lace up derbies would really make this a very chic menswear moment on this red carpet. G-Eazy is also a menswear style star always going for incredibly dapper moments on the red carpet and I am really interested to see what the newly blonde white rapper will bring to the VMA’s red carpet next week. He is going to be one of the nights many presenters and I wanted to give a formal yet relaxed look on this red carpet so I turned to one of my favorite designers, Thom Browne. I decided a statement jacket would be perfect for G to bring to this red carpet and this black and white tartan tweed golf jacket would be the perfect meshing of that formal yet relaxed vibes. The lookbook paired it with a white button down shirt, black tie, and black cropped pants and that is exactly how I think that G-Eazy would wear it on the VMA’s red carpet as well. I think that swapping the black Thom Brown oxfords with a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Greggo’ flat black patent leather derbies to add the formality of the look. Rita Ora will be performing a tribute to Avicii during the telecast at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Would it really be a VMA’s without Rita being on the red carpet? She has rocked so many VMA’s red carpets in the past and usually wearing the most dramatic gowns from the likes of Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan Atelier, and Alexandre Vauthier. I want to see Rita bring the glamour and drama to this red carpet wearing this bold blue Zuhair Murad Fall 2018 Couture gown which features sheer embellished lace sleeves, strong shoulders, a plunging neckline, all over beading, leather waist, and a dramatic side split. This gown isn’t the long trained gowns that we are used to seeing Rita wear on this red carpet, but I think that this is definitely a statement moment for her to bring to this red carpet. It would be perfected with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of blue Aquazzura x Claudia Schiffer ‘Loulou’s’ tiered tassel satin pumps, and a selection of deGrisogono jewels including statement sculptural diamond and sapphire earrings and a chunky sapphire and diamond cocktail ring. I could definitely see Rita swapping her red carpet gown for a cocktail look inside of Radio City Music Hall and this nude tulle and floral embroidered long sleeve Zuhair Murad Spring 2018 Couture cocktail dress which features an a-line mini skirt is something that I definitely think would make for a chic moment for Rita to change into. I think that letting her hair down with loose waves, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of red Casadei strappy pointed boots, and deGrisogono bronze and diamond coil cluster earrings would ensure that this look is also perfection. Teyana Taylor will also be one of the many presenters at the 2018 MTV VMA’s. I’ve never made a wish for Teyana before, but something tells me that she will bring some sort of really chic fashion moment to this red carpet on Monday. Last September Teyana opened The Blonds Spring 2018 RTW show during New York Fashion Week, I went back to that collection to pick the look I really want to see her bring to this red carpet. I love a good moment from The Blonds and I think that is exactly what we would get if Teyana stepped onto this red carpet wearing this white ensemble which features a 3D crystal embellished bustier, a crystal detail pencil skirt with corset lacing up the sides, and a feather shrug that she would definitely be able to sell this look to me. It is the perfect mesh of glamour and trash to really work together and I really think that only Teyana could sell this look to me on the red carpet. A pair of white graffiti print Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle’ pumps, a sleek updo, smokey eyes, and nude lips all would add the perfect finishing touches to this really sexy, glamorous, and edgy ensemble for Teyana.

The 2018 MTV Movie & Television Awards will take place on Monday August 20, 2018.

2018 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 3

Are you ready for my most fashion packed wish list for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards? Good because instead of a wordy intro I am just going to get right to the wishes today.Ariana Grande is nominated for six VMA’s this year including Video of the Year and Artist of the Year. I personally think her music is catchy, but she isn’t my favorite. She has never really wowed me on the red carpet either, and I feel like she has had such a major year in terms of her personal life and career so I am praying that when she steps out for the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday that Ariana really gives me some major fashON moments. I want to see Ariana give me the same kind of wow moment that Lorde gave me last year, using the same material FEATHERSSSSSSSS! I love a great feather moment and I think that this black Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture strapless ballgown which features a velvet bustier, iridescent pink organza ruffles on the waist, 3D floral embellishments, and an ostrich feather ball skirt is absolutely perfect for Ariana. She loves a big gown (as shown by the big Giambattista Valli Couture gowns she has worn in some of her music videos,) but she has never had a big gown moment like this on the red carpet. I think that she could really make it come to life on the red carpet at the VMA’s. It is such a statement gown that I would pair it with a sleek updo, simple defined eyes, pink lips to match the pink on the waist of the gown, black Christian Louboutin ‘Cupidetta’ patent leather and PVC pumps, and a pair of Adler diamond and pink sapphire diamond drop earrings to really make this a major moment on this red carpet. For her performance of “God Is A Woman” I turned to a designer who dresses women like no other, Tom Ford. I was just looking at the designers pieces on the racks of online shops and saw this light pink Tom Ford strapless sweetheart neckline fitted sequin leather jumpsuit and Ari was the first person to really come to mind. She could totally rock this jumpsuit on a red carpet, but I think that it is the perfect look to make for a performance moment. I think that if Ari paired this jumpsuit with a pair of matching Tom Ford mirrored sandals, her signature half up/half down hairstyle, smokey eyes, burgundy lips, a pair of diamond cross stud earrings, and a Messika ‘Austral’ diamond collar necklace that she would have two major moments on her hands for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Cardi B leads the nominations this year at the VMA’s with a whopping 10. She has come a long way from being a virtual unknown last year performing her song “Bodak Yellow” wearing the coveted $10,000 Saint Laurent crystal boots on the VMA’s red carpet. Since then she has been front row at some of the most coveted shows during New York Fashion Week, garnered two Grammy nominations, walked the red carpet at the Met Gala wearing custom Moschino with Jeremy Scott, and she just had a baby last month. Following the birth of her baby girl Kulture with Offset, Cardi canceled the rest of her tour dates to focus on being a new mom. Will she take a mommy’s night out and attend the 2018 VMAs? As of right now I don’t know. I really want to see Cardi bring some edge and glamour to this red carpet. I went for a look less dramatic and more glamorous than what we are used to seeing from Cardi with this black crystal embellished Dolce & Gabbana ‘Secrets & Diamonds’ Collection gown which features an exposed bralet top, long sleeves with bell cuffs, jewel neckline, and a tired skirt. This is definitely a really glamorous and sexy look, and I definitely think that with a dramatic half up/half down curly hairdo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Hollandrive’ platform peep toe sandals, and Nikos Koulis diamond and black enamel fringe hoop earrings. Jennifer Lopez is getting the 2018 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year and I am really excited to see what the superstar is going to bring to the red carpet. Jennifer told VOGUE that she will wear “Something Versace” for the VMA’s this year, and most of the looks I’ve picked for her are from Versace, but the red carpet look is not. I went back to a brand we haven’t seen Jennifer wear since 2009, and one that she has only worn once, Rodarte. She attended a White House event wearing a short peach lurex dress from the brand. Since then she hasn’t worn the brand again. Prior to it being announced that she was the recipient of the Vanguard Award I had picked this custom black Rodarte gown which takes a black leather halter top layered over a single sleeve distressed silk pullover from the Rodarte Fall 2016 RTW collection and was inspired to take it and turn it into a glamorous gown with a sequin mermaid skirt for her to rock on the red carpet. It is everything that I expect to see from Jennifer on the red carpet, except for being sheer, and I definitely think that even though the gown is black that is would still be a real statement making moment for her to bring to life on this red carpet. I would keep the look very sexy with a sleek high ponytail, smokey eyes, red lips, a black Judith Leiber ‘Ritz Fizz’ crystal embellished envelope clutch, black Christian Louboutin ‘Uptown’ pointed toe d’orsay ankle strap pumps, and a selection of Fernando Jorge jewels including a pair of ‘Fusion Cross’ diamond and white topaz drop earrings and matching cocktail ring. I have a feeling that we are going to see Jennifer give a few looks next Monday at the VMA’s after the red carpet, and probably after her performance, I would imagine that Jenny from the Block will change into something more fun. I personally would love to see Jennifer give us a major feather moment wearing this sky blue and gold feathered cocktail dress from the Atelier Versace Fall 2018 Couture collection. It is that major fun yet sexy moment that we love from Versace and I definitely think that if anyone could sell this bird like dress to me that it would be Jennifer. The dress is such a statement all on its own that I would keep the styling simple. I definitely think that with a sleek bun, smokey eyes, nude lips, a pair of gold studded Christian Louboutin ‘Spikoo’ ankle wrap PVC pumps, and more Fernando Jorge jewels including 18k gold and diamond ‘Circle’ hoop earrings and a matching ‘Clarity’ cocktail ring all would really allow for the feather dress to be the focus of this look. I am really excited to see what Jennifer is going to bring to the stage for her performance. She has done some melody performances in the past, but I feel like this is going to be the ultimate one. I really went balls to the wall with the looks for this performance. Usually when she starts a greatest hits show Jennifer is seen standing center stage in something very glamorous with fog surrounding her while she kicks off the set with “Waiting For Tonight.” I have a feeling that is how she will start this performance as well and the glamorous look I want to see her bring is this acid yellow Atelier Versace Spring 2013 Couture mullet gown with an embellished hem and medallion detail halter neckline. I think that this gown for a red carpet is a little too “young” for Jennifer, but I think that as a performance look it would totally work. Donatella would have to make that gown able to be ripped away for Jennifer, and I definitely think that she would do that. In my mind it would be ripped away to reveal this yellow custom Atelier Versace bodysuit which gives this almost bondage look with gold crystal embellishments. I created this bodysuit inspired by a cocktail dress from Atelier Versace Spring 2016 Couture and I definitely think it would be something that Jennifer would be drawn to. I would add this vintage 1990’s Gianni Versace gold studded black leather bomber jacket for Jennifer to perform “Jenny from the Block” and round the wardrobe changes out with slipping into this yellow woven strip Atelier Versace Spring 2004 Couture strapless cocktail dress with a car wash fringe hem. It would be the perfect look to finish the set out with something like “Lets Get Loud.” I wouldn’t do a whole lot when it comes to styling. Just add voluminous curly waves, smokey eyes, nude lips, and a pair of gold Gianvito Rossi sequined over the knee mesh boots to make this a performance wardrobe to remember. Just because Rihanna is nominated for two 2018 MTV Video Music Awards for her collaboration “Lemon” with N.E.R.D. doesn’t mean that she is going to show up. we haven’t heard that she is presenting or performing yet, so I wouldn’t hold my breath that she will be on hand next Monday. With that being said I am really hoping she does because Rihanna always brings the fashion factor to the red carpet. In fact the last time Rihanna was on the red carpet at the VMA’s was back in 2012 where she wore a very simple white Adam Selman draped gown and then in 2016 she performed in several looks from brands like Vetements, Hood by Air, and Alexandre Vauthier. If the fashionista makes the trip to NYC for the VMA’s on Monday I want to see her give structured edge and glam with this Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2018 Couture ensemble which features structured gloves and a strapless velvet column gown. When I saw this gown come down the runway Rihanna really came to mind. I feel like there are many who would wear the simple column gown, but I feel like Rihanna is one of the few who would be able to make the gloves work on the red carpet. I want to see her style this look like a very rich lady with a sleek side parted bouffant updo, smokey eyes, red lips, black Tom Ford strappy feather trimmed sandals, and a selection of Chopard jewelry including a pair of diamond and emerald drop earrings and a statement diamond and emerald collar necklace. These touches would really make this an absolutely amazing moment for this red carpet. Shawn Mendes has three VMA nominations and will be performing his nominated song “In My Blood” on Monday. I won’t lie I have a bit of a crush on Shawn I think he is really cute and I think that he could be a really major style star. He has those model good looks and should take advantage of them. I really want to see Shawn join the Balmain Army on this red carpet. I think he would shut down the red carpet wearing this black velvet Balmain Fall 2018 Menswear skinny tuxedo which features a single silver button, shawl lapels, and crystal embellishments. Just the tuxedo though. I would swap the runways crystal studded draped top that the tuxedo was paired with on the runway for either a crisp white button down for a more classic look or a black t-shirt to give this look a more laid back vibe. I personally think that the t-shirt is the way to go for the VMA’s red carpet and I think that a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Spooky Colonne’ glitter and spiked loafers to really make this look head to toe perfection for the VMA’s red carpet.

The 2018 MTV Movie & Television Awards will take place on Monday August 20, 2018.