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Photos: fashion on the red carpet at the 2022 MTV VMAs

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MTV Video Music Awards 2022: Best Red Carpet Fashion

Lizzo, Taylor Swift and Lil Nas X were among the stars to impress on a red carpet dominated by dark hues, exposed midriffs and gender-fluid menswear.

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off on Sunday night, with stars like Lizzo and Blackpink hitting the red carpet for the big night.

Compared to Hollywood award ceremonies, the VMAs often see attendees loosen up and show off their personalities, often choosing fun, sexy, or experimental outfits over formal suits and ball gowns. Fashion history has been made here too, like Lil’ Kim’s one-sleeve purple jumpsuit and seashell nipple in 1999 or Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress in 2010.

This year’s event, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, featured performances by the likes of Bad Bunny and Nicki Minaj, with Jack Harlow and LL Cool J hosting. Celebrity fashion watchers had plenty to celebrate too, as fashion favorites like Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X and Becky G all came out in stunning ensembles.

Many stars dressed in dark hues to match this year’s “black carpet,” though they livened up the outfits with fetish-inspired accessories, like singer Dove Cameron’s chunky leather choker, or pops of color, like Sabrina Carpenter’s rainbow decorations.

Stars also dared to get naked, with celebs including Ashley Graham, Tate McRae and Blackpink’s Jennie showing off their midriffs. Meanwhile, Maneskin’s Anitta and Victoria de Angelis paid apparent homage to Lil’ Kim’s famous outfit at the 1999 VMAs with trendy nipple covers.

Some of the men of the night also showed their torsos. And gender-fluid fashion brought a certain softness to menswear ensembles, with Maneskin’s Ethan Torchio donning a sheer corset, Conan Gray flying by in a Harris Reed lace train suit, and Bob the Drag Queen twirling in a white skirt. , which combined with blazer and plaid vest.

Taylor Swift attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Oscar de la Renta Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

Becky G wore a colorful, skintight Zuhair Murad ensemble decorated with stained glass-inspired tarot card illustrations and numerous side cuts.

Becky G wore a colorful, skintight Zuhair Murad ensemble decorated with stained glass-inspired tarot card illustrations and numerous side cuts. Credit: Catherine Powell/Getty Images

Model Ashley Graham was the picture of confidence in a Houghton NYC dress that was cinched at points on her torso to reveal glimpses of her midriff. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Singer Conan Gray was a vision in white, wearing a whimsical Harris Reed ensemble with a train and a lace-trimmed blazer.

Singer Conan Gray was a vision in white, wearing a whimsical Harris Reed ensemble with a train and a lace-trimmed blazer. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

Sofia Carson was the picture of elegance in a column dress with a black hood and off-the-shoulder puff sleeves.

Sofia Carson was the picture of elegance in a column dress with a black hood and off-the-shoulder puff sleeves. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Jack Harlow, nominee and presenter, skipped the standard black suit and chose a chocolate leather ensemble, complete with an unusual turtleneck shirt in a similar hue.

Jack Harlow, nominee and presenter, skipped the standard black suit and chose a chocolate leather ensemble, complete with an unusual turtleneck shirt in a similar hue. Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

In a custom silver Zigman gown, Chloe Bailey dazzled as she walked, her intricate bodice and leg slit adding drama.

In a custom silver Zigman gown, Chloe Bailey dazzled as she walked, her intricate bodice and leg slit adding drama. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Tate McRae brought back '90s vibes with a teal two-piece, which she accessorized with David Yurman jewelry.

Tate McRae brought back ’90s vibes with a teal two-piece, which she accessorized with David Yurman jewelry. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Bob the Drag Queen wore a gray plaid blazer, matching vest, and voluminous white skirt.

Bob the Drag Queen wore a gray plaid blazer, matching vest, and voluminous white skirt. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Maneskin's Ethan Torchio, Victoria De Angelis, Damiano David and Thomas Raggi brought their genderfluid style to the black carpet, complete with heart-shaped nipple covers, sparkly midriff-baring capes and sheer Gucci corsets.

Maneskin’s Ethan Torchio, Victoria De Angelis, Damiano David and Thomas Raggi brought their genderfluid style to the black carpet, complete with heart-shaped nipple covers, sparkly midriff-baring capes and sheer Gucci corsets. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Sabrina Carpenter wears a shiny black Moschino dress printed with rainbow flowers and cut-outs at the hips.

Sabrina Carpenter wears a shiny black Moschino dress printed with rainbow flowers and cut-outs at the hips. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Singer Dove Cameron was a study in contrasts in her strapless Paco Rabanne dress, which combined flowers and leather fetish elements, and a black choker to top it all off.

Singer Dove Cameron was a study in contrasts in her strapless Paco Rabanne dress, which combined flowers and leather fetish elements, and a black choker to top it all off. Credit: Andres Kudacki/AFP/Getty Images

All eyes were on singer Samy Hawk in his graffiti-inspired leather jacket and bright green hat.

All eyes were on singer Samy Hawk in his graffiti-inspired leather jacket and bright green hat. Credit: Catherine Powell/Getty Images

Blackpink members Lisa, Jisoo, Jennie, and Rosé arrived in complementary all-black outfits.

Blackpink members Lisa, Jisoo, Jennie, and Rosé arrived in complementary all-black outfits. Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Bright greens were popular on the VMA carpet, with rapper Latto donning a lace-up mini dress in a neon hue.

Bright greens were popular on the VMA carpet, with rapper Latto donning a lace-up mini dress in a neon hue. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Host LL Cool J went for a tried-and-true look, opting for an all-black ensemble, beanie, sunglasses and custom 'Cool J' knuckles.

Host LL Cool J went for a tried-and-true look, opting for an all-black ensemble, beanie, sunglasses and custom ‘Cool J’ knuckles. Credit: Andres Kudacki/AFP/Getty Images

In an apparent homage to Lil Kim's famous 1999 VMA outfit, Anitta went bare in an asymmetrical red corset and artful nipple cover from Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2022.

In an apparent homage to Lil Kim’s famous 1999 VMA outfit, Anitta went bare in an asymmetrical red corset and artful nipple cover from Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2022. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Always keen to elevate menswear, J Balvin's ivory approach to Louis Vuitton suits featured wide-leg pants, a double-breasted blazer and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Always keen to elevate menswear, J Balvin’s ivory approach to Louis Vuitton suits featured wide-leg pants, a double-breasted blazer and Tiffany & Co. jewelry. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

A statuesque quilted gown worn by Chloe Fineman was one of the night's more experimental looks, trimmed in coral and carried with a metallic micro bag.  Designed by threeASFOUR for Instacart, she completed the look with silver heels.

A statuesque quilted gown worn by Chloe Fineman was one of the night’s more experimental looks, trimmed in coral and carried with a metallic micro bag. Designed by threeASFOUR for Instacart, she completed the look with silver heels. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Actor Colton Haynes was impossible to miss in an acid green Dior flared suit, complete with double-breasted blazer, diamond brooch and platform shoes.

Actor Colton Haynes was impossible to miss in an acid green Dior flared suit, complete with double-breasted blazer, diamond brooch and platform shoes. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Lil Nas X was a strong contender for best dressed, donning a statuesque Harris Reed ensemble with a tiered feather skirt frame and headpiece.

Lil Nas X was a strong contender for best dressed, donning a statuesque Harris Reed ensemble with a tiered feather skirt frame and headpiece. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

Top image: Lizzo (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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