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Ciara Iggy Azalea

Ciara and Iggy Azalea on the red carpet at the 2013 VMAs.
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The stars were out last night at the 2013 VMAs—some in more clothing than others, but they were out! And if there was ever a time to go nearly nude on a red carpet, the VMAs are it. Over the years, celebs have not been shy about showing skin: from a singular purple pasty to butt-baring chain mail draping to big slits and high hems, we thought we’d seen it all. Well, we were wrong.

Ciara (in Givenchy Fall 2010 Couture) and Iggy Azalea (in Emilio Pucci) made heads turn and do a double take in second-skin sheer dresses with strategically-placed embellishments. So that’s what Ciara meant when she told us to expect a little “bling bling!” We love the subtle sexiness these gowns bring to the carpet—no nip slips here! Although, if you do think you’ve caught a glimpse of a naughty bit, it can always be chalked up to a stray sequin.

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One Direction

One Direction in black, white, and red at the 2013 VMAs.
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Accentuating black and white with a red pop is a tried-and-true, low-maintenance way to make a real style statement—particularly if you're coordinating with other people, but don't want to look too matchy-matchy. No grown dude wants to look like the Olsen Twins circa It Takes Two (unless you do, in which case, go forth!). At the VMAs tonight, two separate man-crews (One Direction and the trio of Robin Thicke, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar) put together impeccable complimentary ensembles, and as far as who might have done it better, they're neck and neck.

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Riff Raff

Riff Raff hits the VMA Red Carpet.
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Of all the varying genres of looks on the red carpet, Riff Raff is one of the best at doing "casually outrageous." He may be a rapper, but there is something very hair metal about him, the 2013 equivalent of, say, Vince Neil in zebra-print leggings. This year, ya boy and his MTV neck tattoo hit the red carpet in snakeskin pants pulled up to the calves, neon pink Gucci high-tops, ski-goggle-esque shades, his Cheshire cat chain, a Permanent Vacation Crew Black Bart Simpson t-shirt, and a wintry scarf made of half a chinchilla (also, Gucci). Subtlety is not an option for this G-to-Gent.

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Wow. Just. Wow. There you have it, folks. The rumors were true. We were just graced with an *NSYNC reunion at the 2013 VMAs in celebration of Justin Timberlake's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Is everyone still breathing? (Because I barely am...) In honor of the boy man band's ceremonious return to the MTV stage with a few bars of "Gone," "Girlfriend," AND "Bye Bye Bye" (with the VERY same TV choreography from their 2000 performance, BTW), we're taking a look back at how far they've come. Sartorially speaking.

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*NSYNC at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Hello, late '90s. For *NSYNC's first appearance at the Video Music Awards, the group went all out with LUSH luxury fabrics. A strong fur vest for JC Chasez (plus some bicep and knee bands), head-to-toe black leather on JT (pre-dating another Justin who frequents this look), Lance Bass in wool jewel tones (and teeny bookish spectacles), Chris Kirkpatrick in a glittering sage jacket, and Joey Fatone in a full-length evergreen pony hair jacket off-set by his FLAME red hair. Classic.

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Lady Gaga performs at the 2013 VMAs.
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You guys. It has begun. *SQUEAL!* When Lady Gaga first hit the stage to perform “Applause,” we were like, “Is she supposed to be a yolk in the middle of an egg?” but then we were like, “Maybe she’s paying homage to the Flying Nun?” but then we were like, “What does any of that have to do with anything?” And then we were like, “Hello, it's Lady Gaga. She's on another wavelength.”

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Miley Cyrus on the red carpet at the 2013 VMAs.
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It's been interesting to watch Miley Cyrus' fashion evolution for the past few months, and right now is a crucial moment for her, as she establishes herself as an adult and explores different paths in her style since she's been trying to align herself with hip-hop. And we think we see where she's going with this: vintage, vintage, vintage. Earlier today, she dropped the cover for her new album, Bangerz, styled like an old-school Teena Marie album in a vintage Saint Laurent (then YSL) jacket.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry embraces the GRILLZ.
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With a thunderous growl, Katy Perry is the queen of the red carpet jungle in an purrrrfectly fitting knee-length Emanuel Ungaro animal print FW13 dress, super-slick high pony and gold and jewel-plated GRILLZ, which spelled out "ROAR" (natch) across her teeth. You guys, she is literally about to take a bite out of the VMAs.

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Grimes, 2 Chainz

Grimes and 2 Chainz wear the same Versace pants to the 2013 VMAs.
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Aannnnd we have officially witnessed the first of tonight's extra magical magic moments: Grimes, our Red Carpet Report co-host, chose Versace menswear pants for tonight's ensemble and… so did 2 Chainz. Chainz went head-to-toe
Vehrsayse, doing his classic jiggy man-rapper look, while Grimes tempered her pants with adidas sneakers and a black baby tee. Very Montreal underground promoter doing bday dinner at Nobu. But they were unmistakably wearing the same pants. #2Pantz

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9:00 PM — It's showtime, peeps! Gotta run inside to catch all of Gaga's performance - what will she doooo? More accurately, what WON'T she do?

8:59 PM — PLUS: Let me also tell you about the time I asked Jared Leto "who are you wearing?" And we both took a beat to consider the douche-factor of the question at which point he responded "myself." And then I looked chagrined so he turned his eyes to STUN and just said, "oh, it's all old stuff." Mortified. But, whatever, also 100 percent worth it. Jordan. Catalano.

8:56 PM — Taylor Swift in a bodycon-diculous Herve Leger dress with a plunging back and immaculate pin curls.

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Taylor Swift on the red carpet at the 2013 VMAs.
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8:53 PM — Sometimes famous people are so famous that for a split second it doesn't occur to you how you know them. It's the most surreal thing. It's what happens when you see Will Smith basically.

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Will Smith on the red carpet at the 2013 VMAs.
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Lil Kim

Rebecca Romijn interviews rapper Lil Kim (in a boobie onesie outfit) at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Thinking back on the most iconic VMA fashion moments of all-time, most everyone's top 10, maybe even top 5, will include these four standbys: Lady Gaga's meat dress, Madonna's bridal "Like A Virgin" moment, Britney Spears' accessory python, and of COURSE, that time Lil Kim wore a purple onesie to the 1999 VMAs with her left boob hanging out. In our opinion, it's always a fitting year to relive this magical show-stopping sartorial moment, but it's even more appropriate given this year marking not only the Video Music Awards' return to New York (the 1999 show took place at NYC's Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center), but ALSO given we're breaking new ground in Kimmy Blanco's hometown of Brooklyn.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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