Photo: 2022 MTV VMA red carpet fashion

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MTV Video Music Awards 2022: Best Red Carpet Fashion

Lizzo, Taylor Swift and Lil Nas X were among the stars who made an impression on a red carpet that was dominated by dark hues, bare midriffs and gender-fluid menswear.

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off Sunday night, with stars including Lizzo and Blackpink taking to the red carpet for the big night.

Compared to Hollywood award ceremonies, VMAs often see attendees loosen up and show off their individuality, usually opting for fun, sultry or experimental outfits rather than formal suits and ball gowns. Fashion history has also been made here, like Lil Kim’s purple one-sleeve jumpsuit and shell nipple pie in 1999 or Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress in 2010.

This year’s event, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, featured performances by stars such as Bad Bunny and Nicki Minaj, and was hosted by Jack Harlow and LL Cool J. Fashion celebrity watchers also had much to celebrate when such Style darlings like Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X and Becky G arrived in stunning ensembles.

Many stars dressed in dark hues to match this year’s black carpet, though they spruced up outfits with fetish-inspired accessories like Dove Cameron’s chunky leather choker or splashes of color like Sabrina Carpenter’s iridescent jewelry.

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

Some of the men of the evening also bared their torsos. Gender-shifting fashion brought a certain softness to menswear ensembles: Maneskin’s Ethan Torcio donned a sheer corset, Conan Gray swept by in a Harris Reed outfit with a lace train, and Drag Queen Bob swung around in a white skirt, which he paired with a plaid blazer and vest.

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

Becky G wore a colorful Zuhair Murad bodycon ensemble, adorned with stained glass tarot card illustrations and multiple side cutouts.

Becky G wore a colorful Zuhair Murad bodycon ensemble, adorned with stained glass tarot card illustrations and multiple side cutouts. Credit: Katherine Powell/Getty Images

Model Ashley Graham was the epitome of self-confidence in a Houghton NYC gown that cinched at the dots on her torso, revealing glimpses of her belly.

Model Ashley Graham was the epitome of self-confidence in a Houghton NYC gown that cinched at the dots on her torso, revealing glimpses of her belly. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Singer Conan Gray was the epitome of white, dressed in a whimsical Harris Reed ensemble with a lace train and blazer.

Singer Conan Gray was the epitome of white, dressed in a whimsical Harris Reed ensemble with a lace train and blazer. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

Sofia Carson was the epitome of elegance in a black column dress with a hood and puffy sleeves off the shoulder.

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

Jack Harlow, the nominee and presenter, eschewed the standard black suit and opted for an ensemble in chocolate-colored leather, complemented by an unusual high-necked shirt in the same hue.

Jack Harlow, the nominee and presenter, eschewed the standard black suit and opted for an ensemble in chocolate-colored leather, complemented by an unusual high-necked shirt in the same hue. Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Chloe Bailey, dressed in a custom-made silver Zigman gown, dazzled with her stride, her intricate bustier and slit at the legs adding drama.

Chloe Bailey, dressed in a custom-made silver Zigman gown, dazzled with her stride, her intricate bustier and slit at the legs adding drama. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Tate McRae brought a '90s vibe to a turquoise two-piece suit, which she adorned with David Yurman jewels.

Tate McRae brought a ’90s vibe to a turquoise two-piece suit, which she adorned with David Yurman jewels. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Drag queen Bob was dressed in a gray plaid blazer, the same vest and a white voluminous skirt.

Drag queen Bob was dressed in a gray plaid blazer, the same vest and a white voluminous skirt. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Maneskin's Ethan Torcio, Victoria De Angelis, Damiano David and Thomas Ruggi brought their gender-bending style to the black carpet with heart-shaped nipple covers, sparkling torso-baring capes and sheer Gucci corsets.

Maneskin’s Ethan Torcio, Victoria De Angelis, Damiano David and Thomas Ruggi brought their gender-bending style to the black carpet with heart-shaped nipple covers, sparkling torso-baring capes and sheer Gucci corsets. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Sabrina Carpenter opted for a sparkly black Moschino dress with iridescent floral patterns and cutouts at the hips.

Sabrina Carpenter opted for a sparkly black Moschino dress with iridescent floral patterns and cutouts at the hips. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Singer Dove Cameron was the epitome of contrast with her strapless Paco Rabanne gown, which combined floral and leather elements of fetish wear, with a black choker necklace to top it all off.

Singer Dove Cameron was the epitome of contrast with her strapless Paco Rabanne gown, which combined floral and leather elements of fetish wear, with a black choker necklace to top it all off. Credit: Andres Kudaki/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: Katherine 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 green, popular on the VMA carpet, with rapper Latto wearing a neon-hued lace-up mini dress.

Bright green, popular on the VMA carpet, with rapper Latto wearing a neon-hued lace-up mini dress. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Host LL Cool J went for a tried and true look, opting for an all-black ensemble, hat, sunglasses, and special

Host LL Cool J went for a tried and true look, opting for an all-black ensemble, hat, sunglasses, and special “Cool J” brass knuckles. Credit: Andres Kudaki/AFP/Getty Images

In a clear homage to Lil' Kim's iconic VMA outfit in 1999, Anitta dared to go nude in an asymmetrical red corset and artistic nipple cover from the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2022 collection.

In a clear homage to Lil’ Kim’s iconic VMA outfit in 1999, Anitta dared to go nude in an asymmetrical red corset and artistic nipple cover from the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2022 collection. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

J Balvin, always looking to take menswear to the next level, Louis Vuitton's ivory approach to suits featured wide leg trousers and a double-breasted blazer, as well as Tiffany & Co. embellishments.

J Balvin, always looking to take menswear to the next level, Louis Vuitton’s ivory approach to suits featured wide leg trousers and a double-breasted blazer, as well as Tiffany & Co. embellishments. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The sculpted quilted dress worn by Chloe Fineman was one of the evening's most experimental looks, with coral trim and a metallic micro bag.  Created by threeASFOUR for Instacart, she completed the look with silver heels.

The sculpted quilted dress worn by Chloe Fineman was one of the evening’s most experimental looks, with coral trim and a metallic micro bag. Created 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, wraparound blazer, diamond brooch and platform shoes.

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

Lil Nas X was a strong contender for best dressed, dressed in a Harris Reed sculpted ensemble with a feathered tiered skirt and headpiece.

Lil Nas X was a strong contender for best dressed, dressed in a Harris Reed sculpted ensemble with a feathered tiered skirt and headpiece. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

Top image: Lizzo (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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