Today we kick off my wishes for the red carpet at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. There are so many iconic style moments from the VMA’s over the years. From Lil Kim and her one boob exposed lace jumpsuit to Lady Gaga’s meat dress to Katy Perry and Riff-Raff giving Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake denim tribute this red carpet definitely never boring. I feel like music stars in general have the most fun on the red carpet and this red carpet they really get to have the most fun. So I am really excited to seeing what everyone who is nominated, performing, and presenting at this years event will bring to the red carpet! I think that one of the biggest questions we ask almost every year is “Will Beyonce be there?!” I don’t know the answer to this question, she is nominated for the first time as a duo with her hubby Jay-Z simply as The Carters for their viral music video “Apeshit” from their debut duo album EVERYTHING IS LOVE. They have the second most nominations with eight. They are only topped by Cardi B who has ten nominations. Will the Carters jet, privately of course, from their tour stop in Buffalo, New York on the 18th and head to NYC for this awards show on the 20th before jetting off to Colombia, South Carolina for the next stop on the tour on the 21st? I can honestly say I don’t know. I hope they do. The last time that Beyonce stepped onto the VMA’s red carpet she ended up making my Best Dressed of the Year list. No she didn’t just make the list she topped the list with her seafoam green beaded and feathered Francesco Scognamiglio Couture gown. Often we don’t see Bey and Jay walk the red carpet together but since they are nominated together I would imagine that if they do make the trip down to Radio City Music Hall that they will walk the red carpet together, or will the once again sneak in the back door like they did at the Grammy Awards? I went for more of a simplistic look that I would normally pick for Beyonce with this black Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture gown which features one long sleeve, a 3D beaded floral applique, crepe and silk fabric blocking, and a dramatic side split. While it is more of a simple and easy gown that what we typically see Bey wear on this red carpet I think that if we saw her walk the red carpet wearing this gown with Jay wearing a black velvet Tom Ford tuxedo that it would be a really chic moment for the power couple to bring to the red carpet. I would keep the styling almost as simple as the look with smokey eyes, a sleek updo, red lips, black Christian Louboutin ‘So Kate’ sequined peep toe pumps, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels including a pair of diamond and emerald drop earrings and a selection of diamond and emerald rings to really ensure that this look is just the epitome of modern glamour from head to toe. Bruno Mars has six nominations, mostly for his hit sing “Finesse (Remix)” featuring Cardi B. When it comes to the red carpet we know that Bruno will bring something effortless and chic. He isn’t one to bring a suit or tuxedo to the red carpet so I really wanted to go on a hunt for the perfect look for him to bring when he steps onto the red carpet at the VMA’s this year. I am obsessed with his song “Versace on the Floor” (I may or may not be listening to it right now) and I know that Donatella is obsessed with Bruno so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him bring the brand to the red carpet. I feel like this ensemble from the Versace Spring 2019 Menswear show which features a bold primary color baroque print long sleeve silk button down shirt and a pair of black patent leather skinny pants is just a little outside of what we typically see from Bruno, but something that he would own on the red carpet none the less. It would definitely take a really secure man to really make this look come across with effortless ease and I definitely think that Bruno has just that. Add a pair of black and gold Giuseppe Zanotti embossed leather mid top sneakers and Versace metal studded shield sunglasses to make this look that edgy and cool moment on this red carpet.Chloe x Halle have been on my radar for a little while now but this year I feel like their star is poised to really start to rise even more. They can thank Beyonce and Jay-Z for inviting them to tour the world with them as their opening act. I cannot say I have really listened to Chloe x Halle’s music, but I know the twins because of their style. I personally love their dramatic and avant garde style. I am really interested in seeing what they will bring to the VMA’s red carpet where they are nominated for Best New Artist and Push Artist of the Year. We have seen twin stars before where they go for the double trouble act, but that isn’t usually the case with these two. The twins wear complimentary, but not usually matching, styles and I love that. The two have been dressed by coveted high fashion brands like Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Chanel, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro, and Yanina Couture and it could easily be any of those brands that dress them. Rodarte dressed the relatively unknown duo for the VMA’s back in 2016 when Chloe x Halle were part of Beyonce’s squad. This is their first VMA’s nomination and I went down the go big or go home route picking two similar, yet different looks from Georges Hobeika Fall 2018 Couture for the sister to wear on this red carpet. For Halle (who is on the left) I thought that the champagne gown with beaded draped sleeves, a high low hem, feather trim, and a dramatic gown would be perfect while for Chloe I went to this ice blue feather gown which features crystal embellished illusion paneling with a dramatic split and train. Each look is really dramatic on its own, but I think that as the two walk the red carpet together that these gowns would really play off of one another perfectly. I would pair Halle’s gown with champagne Gianvito Rossi ‘Rania’ crystal embellished pumps and Chloe’s gown with blue Gianvito Rossi d’Orsay suede sandals, and that is about it. Their signature braided up-do’s and simple makeup would really let these gowns be the statements of the looks, and that is really all they need. Janelle Monae brought a rainbow of color during pride month to the red carpet at the 2018 BET Awards. That was out of character for her. Usually we see Janelle wearing black and white, with the occasional pops of gold, silver, emerald green, and red. I went back to that for the look I would love to see Janelle bring to the red carpet at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, where she has three nominations including Video With A Message. I went back to one of the first brands that really embraced Janelle, Chanel and this black Fall 2018 Couture bubble dress which features an embellished tank style bodice and a ruffled paper bag style waist. Janelle wears Chanel with such ease and I think that if anyone could make a hot off the runway Chanel Couture dress happen on the VMA’s red carpet it would be Janelle. I would pair this fun, yet very chic, dress with a braided mohawk hairstyle, smokey eyes, red lips, a Judith Leiber Couture cat eye sunglasses crystal encrusted clutch, black satin Sophia Webster ‘Lucia’ ruffle sandals, and a pair of Messika ‘Cassiopee’ diamond earrings to really ensure this movie is perfect for Janelle. Nicki Minaj is nominated for Best Hip Hop for her music video for “Chun-Li” and will be one of the nights many performers. Nicki is no stranger to the VMA’s and I am interested in seeing what she will wear this year. Shes given us everything from bubblegum latex to understated yet mini to sparkling glamour to sexy yet dramatic to just plain weird on this red carpet in the past. While she has rocked the likes of Atelier Versace, Givenchy Couture, and Tom Ford on the red carpet at the Grammy’s she has never rocked that level of designer for the VMA’s. I want to see Nicki really bring some sexy glamour and a major designer to this red carpet next Monday wearing this black and red watercolor print Roberto Cavalli Couture pleated gown which features a plunging neckline, open back, and side cutouts. I definitely think that this Cavalli Couture gown is something that Nicki would be drawn to and would be a really dramatic and glamorous moment for Nicki to bring to this red carpet especially if she paired it with a pair of red suede Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Coline’ winged sandals, sleek center parted locks, defined eyes, red lips, and a selection of Jacob & Co. ruby and diamond jewels including ‘Infinia’ circle earrings and a matching cocktail ring.
The 2018 MTV Movie & Television Awards will take place on Monday August 20, 2018.