The music world can always be counted on for stomping all-over caution in favor of the audacious. And the Billboard Music Awards are always a prime example of this — what with their delightful, if at times jarring, array of looks.
Sunday night in Las Vegas, if there was a dress code, it was largely ignored, with stars turning up in everything from jeans and T-shirts to full-blown gowns, usually slit to there or cut out to the nth degree.
Honorable mentions go to the divas of the night. Céline Dion was exquisite in a metallic dress with platform Saint Laurent pumps. Madonna also wore a platform pump, paired with a purple brocade suit in tribute to Prince.
Ciara impressed with her multiple outfit changes, one out-glamming the other, in shoes by Casadei, Giuseppe Zanotti and Stuart Weitzman. And Britney Spears was true to form in her much-t00-muchness, but this time wore her signature see-through mini dress with a eye-catching pair of Schutz’s Karlyanna latticework boots.
Rihanna and Kesha stood out as the best dressed of the night, both on and off the stage in runway looks from Thierry Mugler and Gucci, respectively. Kesha’s block-heel Gucci loafers were particularly fresh for the red carpet (which was awash in same-old stilettos) and was the most forward look she’s sported to date.
While Rihanna’s vintage jacket-dress was relatively toned down, her Manolo Blahnik lace mules with crystal buckle detail were the night’s most elegant and unique shoe.
Other shout-outs go to DJ Khaled, who cleaned up nicely in a suit with sleek loafers, Zendaya in Calvin Klein with Charlotte Olympia shoe underneath her skirt’s sweeping hemline, and Jessica Alba, who finished her lace dress with over-the-knee boots by Stuart Weitzman.
On the other end of the spectrum, there was Mark Cuban, who looked beyond schlepp-y in his casual fare. Ditto Fallout Boy’s Pete Wentz in his ill-fitting denim. But the biggest letdown of the night was a surprise from Wiz Khalifa, who usually turns it out in skinny suiting. Brown trousers and a white shirt had no pizzazz, nor did his plain white Converse Chucks.
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