Aside from Katy Perry’s wardrobe (more on that later), this year’s MTV Video Music Awards was pretty tame. Taylor Swift was a no-show, but the premiere of her video for “Look What You Made Me Do” left a lasting impression with the new Taylor dissing and dismissing incarnations of her former self. From Paris Jackson denouncing Nazis to Heather Heyer’s mother making an appearance to Pink’s moving acceptance speech centering around telling her daughter that there are all kinds of beautiful girls in the world, the night was jam-packed with emotional and uplifting moments. Serving as host, Katy provided moments of levity, especially when she pretended to have just returned from a prolonged stay in outer space (spacesuit and all) and referred to that iconic costume from The Handmaid’s Tale as Balenciaga for 2017.
When it came to fashion, no surprise that showing skin via sheer sections was trending. Bling was also in as a lot of stars dazzled in embellishments and metallics. Feathers, ruffles and pleats also proved popular. In case you missed the show, here are the most memorable looks of the night.