Since the ’80s, the MTV VMAs have provided a stage for artists and musicians who might often be overlooked by mainstream media awards shows. As well as the annual music video contenders showcase, there’s also the highly anticipated red carpet event – where stars line up to promote their latest work and chat about their fashion sense.
This year’s VMA carpet was dominated by green, black and white color palettes and contained a mix of pop, shock and designer dresses, allowing for artistic self-expression to help play up the monochromatic fashion trend.
Multi-time 2022 VMA award winner and show co-host Jack Harlow took to the carpet in a sleek all-black leather ensemble designed by Glenn Martens for Diesel. Aspiring rapper Toosii wore a bold green leather two-piece H.Lorenzo, while JID opted for a full Saint Laurent look and J Balvin gave clean, all-white Louis Vuitton vibes.
Browse our fashion gallery below to see who else made the list.
MTV VMAs 2022
Colorful sophistication was on Colton Haynes’ mind when he opted for a lime green Dior double breasted suit. The flared pants were fitted at the waist and rested on a pair of chunky platform shoes. A bare chest added definition to her suit jacket punctuated with a quaint brooch and very minimal jewelry.
The show’s co-host and multiple VMA award winner Jack Harlow gave a stealthy look in black leather on the carpet. Her Diesel look included a fitted leather blazer worn over a soft fabric high-neck top, leather pants and leather boots with notched soles. Warm brown ombre lens tints completed the look.
VMAs interpreter J Balvin took the red carpet to a clean palette of white, wearing a double-breasted notch lapel blazer and wide-leg pants from Louis Vuitton menswear. Balvin’s bright orange hair gave her look a pop of bright color that complemented her sleek black glasses and jewelry accessories.
Lil Nas X
Multi-VMA award winner Lil Nas X stole the show in a bare-chested black textured ensemble of cascading rings of black feathers designed by Harris Reed. The outfit included a huge three-ring feathered headdress and a cinched six-ring feathered ball skirt over a pair of black fitted pants. He accented the look with subtle jewelry from DeBeers.
Lauren Spencer Smith
american idol alum Lauren Spencer-Smith looked cool and casual in a neon green oversized look. The singer-songwriter’s electric-hued choice included an oversized boxy jacket with wide-leg pants, a knit top and a fitted baseball cap by Christian Wijnants. She elegantly completed her look with a pair of green, white and black Air Jordan 1s.
Fresh off the release of his latest project ‘God Did’, DJ Khaled kept things super cool in a tonal gray Prada cut. His signature frames contained a subtle pink ombré hue, while his lime green Nike Air-Force Ones provided a light pop of color.
Emerging artist Blackbear chose leather and labels for her red carpet moment. Wearing a layered Givenchy top and voluminous black leather pants, the fit was completed with oversized black frames, Givenchy sneakers and a black Vetements beanie.
Migos superstar member Offset showed up wearing an all-white polished cut for this year’s ceremony. His costume consisted of a single-breasted cropped boxy jacket with loose-fitting pants, complemented by a pair of white and green sneakers and black shades.
Rapper “Big Energy” Latto stunned on the carpet in a lime green multi-strap super mini jacket and skirt ensemble. The crisp leather cut was accented by a jeweled silver handbag and lime green mules.
Country singer Kane Brown became the first male country artist to perform at the VMAs and made a stylish appearance on the carpet in a complete Prada look. The black satin suit featured a single-breasted jacket and cargo pants with an open-necked green shirt worn under the jacket. Black leather lug-soled boots and Vacheron Constantin jewelry finished her ensemble.
LL cool J
The event’s emcee, LL Cool J, was dressed in his recognizable elevated street style; head covered with a beanie, sunglasses, golden chains and sneakers. His leather bomber jacket, black t-shirt and black leather pants were matched with a pair of black patent leather Nike Air Jordan 1s with a gold “Swoosh” and a gold “Cool J” four-finger ring.
Music icon Avril Lavigne made a red carpet return in a simple, all-black Versace skater look, accented by her fiery orange and blonde hair. His oversized pants were held up by a black leather belt with overlapping metal chains.
Celebrating his latest musical release, JID took a sweet step down the VMA red carpet wearing Saint Laurent from head to toe. Her all-black look included a sheer mesh top paired with shimmery black velvet pants. He completed the look with black leather boots and iced out jewelry.
New York rapper and budding style star Toosii walked the VMAs red carpet in a stylish two-piece polka-dot green leather jacket and pants set designed by H.Lorenzo. The green was offset by a Saint Laurent white knit top, Saint Laurent white leather boots, white gloves and a Marni knit mask.