The MTV Movie Awards happened last night, and even though the network is now arguably best known for tacky reality shows like Teen Mom and Jersey Shore, a decent amount of A-listy stars — including Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, and Emma Roberts — showed up to bank some youth cred. Since this is not a serious awards show, the red carpet becomes a place where celebrities can show off their "fun," adventurous sides, which means lots of minidresses, preferably with a peplum (five — ! — ladies wore the trend, and Russell Brand displayed his own tiki-inspired straw version), and other assorted envelope-pushing outfits (jumpsuits, sleeveless jackets, etc.). See all these looks and more in our slideshow.
Emma is quickly becoming the queen of the color-blocked pelpum, having made big news when she wore that pink and red Giambattista Valli number last year. This one, by Martin Grant, has all sorts of interesting angles going on — a.k.a. what fashion people call "architectual details." She looks enitrely sophisticated, right down to the nude shoes with black ankle straps, but is that what you want out of an MTV red-carpet outfit?
While this Dolce & Gabbana dress is cute, the accessories seem overthought. We're all for an "off" moment, like, Look at these flouro pink heels that kind of but not really match my dress! However, it's not really translating. Same with the massively long green clutch.
By now, everyone knows that showing up in a jumpsuit is the quickest way to impart some youthful edge on the carpet. Rose Bryne did it at the SAG Awards, Cameron Diaz did it recemtly while promoting What to Expect When You're Expecting, and J.Lo did it ... well, when doesn't she do it. Elizabeth wears this spiderwebby-looking Elie Saab version well, plus extra points for that fashion-y topknot.
Another peplum! Watson's Brood mini has a futuristic feel to it — like she's traveled back from the year 2300 to tell us that the scuba trend is still in full swing.
Somebody went shopping in the "contemporary" department! But, really, she looks good — youthful without trying too hard.
Red-carpet crop tops are currently a thing (both Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian have worn Pucci's take), and Julianne pulls off her Sally LaPointe dress with aplomb. The key here is showing a minimal amount of midriff and keeping your hair sleek and modern (for some reason, midriff + big hair = tack party times).
As if to say, "I'm not like you other tween and twentysomething starlets, I've worked with PAYNE and CLOONEY," Shailene went with the thinking actresses' designer of choice, Stella McCartney. Not only that, but she bravely chose tuxedo-inspired menswear, letting the deep plunge in front do all the sexy work.
Ciara follows the less-is-more rule here (which means, on this partcular carpet, "less fabric and more boobs").
Chistina's Christian Siriano dress is embellished with Timex watch faces. We don't get it, but we will make a pun anyway: Time was on her side ... literally!
This lady loves a tux, and since she can wear one better than most men, we approve. She keeps the look relaxed with cuffed pants and an untucked shirt, but she still appears polished. She is also one of the few people who can actually get away with a hat.
Reed chose a metallic Issa London dress that flattered her figure and made her look like a really cool Christmas-tree ornament. The Walter Steiger booties weighed the look down a bit but prevented the outfit from crossing over into cutesy territory.
Whether Jenna is aware that pastels are big for summer and chose her top accordingly is unclear; however, the one thing that is certain is that her blouse is heart-palpitation-inducingly close to a wardrobe malfunction. She clearly feels she has to compete with husband Channing when it comes to showing skin now that the trailers for Magic Mike are coming out.
Jones also got the peplum memo, choosing a highlighter-bright Joy Cioci dress. She wisely skipped accessories and chose nude shoes, letting the dress do exactly what it was meant to do: act as a blinding spotlight to follow her along the red carpet.
Sure, Paris's dress is blingy enough to be part of a Kardashian's closet and clings to her every curve, but it works for this rather flashy occasion and is refreshingly slit-free.
Yes, this dress looks like an iteration of The Little Mermaid's shell bra and fishtail. But it's also an example of a tea-length garment actually looking good on someone. It may not be a showstopper, but paired with the sparkly bag and Hale's big smile, it's fun.
Obviously, Charlize Theron can make anything look good, but but this tomato-red Lanvin dress is exceptional. Though it might be a bit serious for an event hosted by the people who brought the world 16 and Pregnant, Theron keeps it simple with loose hair, clean makeup, and strappy sandals.
C'mon Leighton, this is just shorts and a tank top. And just because Christian Cota designed them, it doesn't make the pairing any less casual/more fun to look at.
This one-shoulder leather Valentino sheath looks exactly like the Céline leather shift dress she wore to the U.K. premiere of Horrible Bosses. Leather is obviously her go-to fabric for "badass," and really, once you've gone totally naked for SmartWater, skintight animal skin is the only way to go.
When explaining her outfit during the preshow, Amber said she had been wanting to have a "mint moment." She succeeded! This is a mint moment, right down to the nails.
Would it pain Jessica to slum it a little bit for just one night? She's wearing Chanel. True, it's white and youthful Chanel with slightly avant-garde sleeves, but it would have been fun to see her let loose a little more (see Emma Stone, above). Although the color-blocked Barbara Bui heels were a nice nod to the LMFAO-saturated proceedings.
Yes, Kate Beckinsale looks elegant, but if you're one of the hottest women in the world, why would you wear a turtleneck? It's summer!
Okay, this is Erin Fetherston, but it looks a bit Forever 21. And while Victoria Justice is only 19 and, therefore, technically allowed to appreciate that aesthetic, this is a mess: The hem is uneven — and not even in that "Look at my edgy, uneven hem" kind of way — and the belt looks like it was just slapped on to meet some sort of accessories quota.
Stewart's GUiSHEM dress looks a bit like she took a Sharpie to some metallic wrapping paper, but we're fine with it, because the actress actually looks happy! Thankfully, she's returned to her signature silhouette (lesson learned from the Snow White premiere: Floor-length gowns with crotch fringe don't always work), and once inside, she traded these Louboutin pumps for more K.-Stew–friendly Converse.
It kind of looks like Mila Kunis forgot her pants. Yes, this is the MTV Movie Awards, so pantlessness isn't usually a big offense, but Kunis isn't one of the usual offenders. The tailor who shortened this Fendi pre-fall dress might have done better by leaving a few more inches.
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