Last night, MTV hosted its annual Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Like every year, the night was met with a bevy of A-list celebrities, jaw-dropping performances and, of course, a slew of swanky outfits.

I had the pleasure of hitting up the red white carpet before the ceremony to get a first-hand glimpse of the steez up close and personal – and let me tell you, it more than just an eye-full. While some stars killed it in the swag department, others either missed the finish line ever so slightly or would be better off firing their stylists ASAP.

Here’s the best, worst and most “WTF” fashion moments from the 2016 VMAs. Missed it on TV last night? Check out our recap of everything that went down.

Fleeky Fresh

My man Ferg tearing it up in that vintage Dior velour tracksuit. 

Rapper #asapferg rocked a velour track suit by @dior with @nike Air Force One sneakers for the #vmas2016 carpet.

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Rihanna. Hood By Air. Enough said.

this is one bad gyal @badgalriri

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We can get it up. 

PART 2/4 slayed! #rihanna #vmas #mtv #vma @badgalriri #RihannaNavy #NavyRdie

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Looking like a true vanguard in Alexandra Vaulthier Couture.

Rih Rih ✨✨ . #rihanna#VMAs2016#mtv#badgalriri#gorgeous #stunning#beautiful

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Pretty sure only RiRi can pull off what otherwise looks like Christmas tree tinsel. 

Nicki looking “savage” in Bao Tranchi.

I'm still SHOOK from this look??

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2 Chainz getting on the Gucci tip once more. 

Looking like it #drenched #drenchGOD #nocap #wetfloorsign #ATLlingo

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To be honest, this pared-back look suits Kim pretty well. Not mad at it. 

#VMAs2016 #kimkardashian #kimkardashianwest @kimkardashian

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Rita Ora on that punk-chic-whatever wave in Marc Jacobs FW16. 

I'm in love with her look [email protected] #vmas

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Studs for dayzzz. 

Do you really need a caption for this one though?

Like mother like daughter. 

Cruella De Ill. 

Don't Hurt Yourself! #Mood #Beyonce #KingBey #Slay ????

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Nice Raf coat, Ty.

#mtvvmas #tydollasign #taylorgang

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Completely biased, but c’mon. Serious #baegoals right here. 

#arianagrande #VMAs

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Hot Mess

Pan-don’t, Pan-don’t, Pan-don’t.

Hope Kim’s face didn’t rub off on ‘Ye’s all-white getup. 

This is positivity #kanyewest

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Looks like someone saw the new Star Trek

#accentuateyourstyle #cassie #vmas #vmas2016 #style #fashion #instastyle #instafashion #celebritystyle #celebrityfashion

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Not entirely sure what’s going on here. 

Listens to Marilyn Manson once. (Stick to Brand New fam, more Hot Topic-friendly).

Not sure how you could make pink latex and thigh-high suede boots look underwhelming, but there’s just something off about this look. 

This is not a drill… The #Vmas this year are ??? Who is watching?? | ?: @shearerphoto

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What do y’all think of this pattern for my pool house bathroom wallpaper? 

Do you honestly think we’d place Joanne the Scammer in a list that didn’t have the word “mess” in the title? 

Simply iconic.

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Same goes for the biggest troll in fashion, Jeremy Scott. 


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A bit frumpy for Amber, no?

#Vmas ?

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Sorry Ty, but only Young Thug (or Jeffrey, rather) can make lace tops look street af to be honest.

Congratulations to @tydollasign in the #vmas2016 we are proud of you!? #Tgod #tydollasign

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Big Bird on the glow up. 

#Icono #britneyonvmas #britneyspears #glory @britneyspears #iloveyoubritney

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I Want What They’re On

Goes to Berghain once… 

If you’re color blind, I envy you. 

The Queens found a prince! #AllStars2 meets @logofindingprincecharming at the #VMAs ??

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2016 @mtv @vmas

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Don’t think I want what he’s on.

Need more VMA goodness in your life? Here’s everything that went down at last night’s show.

Words by Nico Amarca
Fashion Editor, North America
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