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.
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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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