Well folks, it's been another year and yet another entertaining (and STYLE CRAZY!!!) VMAs. Seriously, what other awards show gives you a giant, yellow cube hat, a Ralph Macchio look-a-like, and a surgical mask as the accessory du jour? We don't mean to breathe on our Minx Nails and shine them languidly on our hypothetical METALLIC LEOPARD SEQUIN blogging gown, but we're pretty proud of all of the celebs who truly brought it this year. We don't know about you, but it felt like a PARTY (a sparkly, cat-eyed, Minnie Mouse party) out on that red—er, black—carpet, and we had a hard time narrowing down our STYLE FAVES to just 10 SHOWSTOPPERS. You see, in our no-rulez book, EVERYONE'S a WINNER, buuuuut, we picked 10 anyway. Thus, without further ado, we present our OUTFITS OF THE NIGHT!


Beyoncé at the 2011 VMAs.
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Newly announced mommy-to-be Beyoncé glowed in a fiery one-shoulder Lanvin gown that showed off a more regal side to Bey. Her effortless side pony and simple accessories were absolute PERFECTION against her bold dress. But we're sure Jay-Z already knew that.


Katy Perry at the 2011 VMAs.
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Katy Perry took a bit of Asian influence with her to the VMA red carpet! She wore a springy floral blue, pink, and yellow Atelier Versace frock, hot pink strappy Jimmy Choo sandals, and a matching parasol, which made her freshly dyed pink hair POP.


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Madonna in 1984 at the MTV VMAs. Mona in 2011.
Credit: MTV/Michele Crowe

Who'da thunk, after popping out of a wedding cake and then proceeding to do R-Rated things to the floor, that Madonna's infamous performance at the VERY FIRST Video Music Awards would become so iconic? And furthermore, who could possibly imagine, three decades after we first had our minds blown, that a cute cat performing Madonna's "Like A Virgin" VMA moment could nail it with ALMOST as much finesse as Madge? If you didn't see the original video, then be excited: You are like a virgin (to amazing cat videos).

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Kreayshawn Video Music Awards Red Carpet Report

Kreayshawn is excited to host the MTV.com red carpet report!
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BREAKING NEWS! MTV Style has just confirmed that rapper/director (and STYLE FAVE) Kreayshawn will host the 2011 Video Music Awards Red Carpet Report for MTV.com on Aug. 28! "I'm super excited to be the red carpet host at this year's VMAs," says Kreayshawn. "I can harass celebrities about what they're wearing, what they ate before they got to the carpet, all sorts of funny stuff." The "Gucci Gucci" singer and Best New Artist nominee will interview attendees about their VMA red carpet style exclusively for MTV.com.


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Lady Gaga and Cher at the 2010 VMAs, and their canine dopplegängers.
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If you haven't seen the animal reenactment of Lady Gaga winning the 2010 Best Music Video Award and asking a scantily clad Cher to hold her meat purse, you are clearly missing out on the internet. When redone by a wig-wearing Sugar and a non-meat omnomnoming Moxie, the moment is every bit as memorable (but way cuter) than it was the first time around. And not only are animals acting like (famous) people heart-melting, but the costuming is so impeccable that we had to speak to the woman who sat down to replicate the VMAs Gone Wild looks...but for pint-sized pups. Check the reenactment in its furry fabulousness after the jump.


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Ariana Grande shares her Back-to-School style tips.
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Those of you who recognize Ariana Grande from her flame-tressed character, Cat Valentine, on the Nickelodeon show 'Victorious' may only know the zany, effervescent, wild fashion side of the 18-year-old. The real Ariana attests that her personal style is WAY different and is looking forward to fall to experiment with new denim silhouettes, bold coats and, of course, CHANEL CHANEL CHANEL. We caught up with the 18-year-old singer, dancer and actress (who is newly signed to Universal Republic Records) to talk about her best back-to-school beauty, shopping and accessorizing tips.

Cat's supercute but definitely stylistically out there. How do your tastes differ?
Cat dresses like an absolute maniac most of the time! It’s like, medium cute. It’s definitely different from my personal style and differs even more from my performance style. My performance outfits are very Marie Antoinette, sparkly corsets, giant underwear, and full skirts. And then we do another look that's '50s-inspired. Poufy skirts, big bows. Very fun, girlie and young but otherwise, when I'm not in costume I dress really normal. I love high fashion, I love Chanel but at the same time I love a hoodie, jeans and American Apparel sweatpants.

What other brands are you fond of?
My favorites are all over the place. I mentioned Chanel, I love American Apparel, I love Miu Miu and Rebecca Taylor. My style is somewhat classic.

What do you think of Hailee Steinfeld being the face of Miu Miu at 14?
I think it's amazing that the fashion industry is giving such wonderful opportunities to young actresses and besides, I just love a full eyebrow. I have enormous skyscraper eyebrows so I check hers out and they're great.


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Private School Accessories

Chloe Sevigny, Bip Ling, and Naya Rivera sport back-to-school accessories.
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We don't have to remind you that it's back-to-school time (we know you're woefully aware), but in these last few days of summer it's time to start thinking about what you're gonna wear on the first day back. Will you try a new look or revamp your signature style? Will you start wearing... WAIT. Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait. What about those who have NO CHOICE about what to wear on the first day, you ask? What, oh what, is there to do if your first day outfit consists of the same three pieces you'll be wearing from here on out, everyday, until next summer? What about those who are UNIFORM CHALLENGED? Hold up, uni-lovelies, because we HEAR YOU, and MTV Style's got you covered!

We've already shown you the top ten backpacks for tricking out your fall ensembles (even if they're in dreary navy wool) as well as the cutest and most comfortable flat shoes for jazzing up the halls (and your lackluster separates). Now, we have the perfect accessory guide for tying it all together and adding a little oomph to the blech of any school uniform. From flounce-trimmed ankle socks and lightning bolt rings (very Harry Potter!) to on-trend hair bows and black neckties. We guarantee there's something for everyone AND for every rule in the uniform book. So, roll up those sleeves and get to work!


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Lady Gaga 'MTV First: Lady Gaga' Livestream

Lady Gaga at MTV.
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8:28 p.m. - Ok. I am into the fact that she stuck around and hung out with fans.

8:27 p.m. - OH NO IS IT OVA? :(

8:26 p.m. - LOL @ Sway dropping Return On Investment for the piano anecdote.

8:25 p.m. - What's your favorite accessory? #TEAMSHUZ Correct.

8:23 p.m. - Gaga's going to solve the energy crisis. I can feel it in mah boobs.

Lady Gaga 'MTV First: Lady Gaga' Livestream

Lady Gaga at MTV.
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Edward Cullen and Bella Swan (aka Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart) in 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One.'
Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Attention Twi-Hards, we are EXACTLY THREE MONTHS TO THE DAY away from the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One. Can you feel your heart leaping and your pulse quickening? Are you fighting the urge to release a primal scream at the mere thought of—gasp—the upcoming vampire slash human nuptials of one Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson? (We mean Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, of course, how could we mix that up?) Well prepare yo'selves, Twilighters, because the kind folks over at Summit Entertainment just released a bevy of new photos from the movie that have us gnashing our chompers at how long we have to wait for this vampy wedded bliss (answer: TOO LONG). In the meantime, we fully intend to scrutinize these new photos of Bella relaxing in her most intimate, er, COMFORTABLE pre-wedding and honeymoon loungewear. Is it just us or does something look strangely tame in vampland?


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Back to school backpacks

Pixie Geldof, Rachel Bilson, and Gillian Zinser all rock the back-to-school look.
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Backpacks are not chic. Or at least they weren't until Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen put a $40K price tag on them. Or Alexander Wang sent heaps of them down the runway. Or trendsetters like Rachel Bilson and Pixie Geldof showed up with them in tow. So, wait. Backpacks are chic, which is rad because it a) means we can carry more than our lipstick and cell phone, b) effectively kills the TEETERING-OVER-MASSIVE-BAG trend of a few years ago, and c) is actually good for our backs (in moderation. But certainly better than the one-strap, over-the-shoulder book bag of yore).

The reality is, your school bag is totally a companion, enduring the same ills, wet days, long nights, and field trips you do. While the double-strapped tote used to be child's play, the new crop of packs have a vintage/retro feel and arrive in every color/trend/vibe you could want. So MTV Style has rounded up the 10 backpacks that'll definitely be worth adding to your wishlist, faster than you can say, "It's September already?!"


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A still from Oh Land's "White Nights" music video.
All Photos Courtesy of Fake Diamond Records

It's very rare that you uncover such a gem of a video, so rife with shiny, sparkly fashion goodness as Oh Land's "White Nights". The video follows Nanna (dudes, check this out, Oh Land's government name is SO awesome: Nanna Øland Fabricius) through a two-sided dream world with dancing bespandexed droids and singing glitter-faced merpeople through which she dances (literally: interpretive, ballet, tap, EVERYTHING!) from scene to scene. I mean, it's bad enough she's a dead ringer for a young Claudia Schiffer and sweet as pie, but that the girl gets to be shrouded in all that achingly cute garb? We almost can't deal.

From the initial close-up of the amazeballs two-finger city space ring to the closing shots of her traipsing about in a white maxi shift with a matching full feather headdress, our hungry eyeballs were all, "OMNOMNOM, gimme more!" When met with such a gut-wrenching pang, the next logical step for us here at MTV Style is to get the video's stylist on the horn STAT (see our Look By Look of Beyoncé's "Run The World (Girls)" video for another example). Thankfully for us, Oh Land's stylist and the genius behind all the dreamy indie looks, Jessica Bobince, gave us an EXCLUSIVE interview, obliging our bajillion questions about every colorway, fabric, and silhouette of the video.


A still from Oh Land's "White Nights" music video.
All Photos Courtesy of Fake Diamond Records


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