Hailee Steinfeld in macrame Balmain at the VMAs: fresh or tired?

2016 MTV Video Music Awards
Presenter Hailee Steinfeld, 19, wore this kicky little Balmain dress to the VMAs which was described as macrame with beads. Some people on Twitter were over it, which I get because Balmain can be exhausting. I do like the detailing on the dress, especially the semi-circular overlapping stripes on the skirt (that reminds me of Versace although they use that detail as a focal point of a dress, not one among many). I’m impressed that there’s so much going on with this and yet it doesn’t look busy. It could do without the double lines of vertical string at the hem, waist and wrists. Some people may disagree and think this looks like a bad craft project and I get that. I suspect this will be a “fug or fab” moment over at Go Fug Yourself. (Update: They liked it at GFY. Cool.)

2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Alessia Cara went the absolute opposite to Hailee in a Je suis Charlie shirt, Topshop jeans and a camo jacket. She performed her new single, “Scars To Your Beautiful,” during the preshow. I like that she’s so laid back but she looks like she just rolled out of bed on a Sunday, which could be the case.

Heidi Klum was in a very short patchwork fug Roberto Cavalli, a look we’ve seen from her before. She was there with her America’s Got Talent coworker, Nick Cannon, who looked like he just got out of the shower at the gym and didn’t have time to change or take the towel out of his hair. It looks like he’s wearing a Turbie Twist.

2016 MTV Video Music Awards

2016 MTV Video Music Awards

2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Here’s Nick Jonas in a v-striped Louis Vuitton jacket. Nick performed “Bacon,” featuring a pre-recorded detour through a 50s diner with many celebrity cameos. It was a fun performance.

2016 MTV Video Music Awards

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  1. Flamingo says:

    Pretty dress and fits her well.

  2. paolanqar says:

    I thought Hailee looked fantastic. She was the best dressed for me.
    Love the shoes and the nail polish.

  3. QQ says:

    What was That Drunk old Brit by way of Nickelodeon acting school accent/cadence that The Stanfield girl rolled out with ??? She always talked this way??

    • InVain says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that noticed that RIDICULOUSNESS. El Hubs has no idea who she is and thought she was NOT American. It was embarrassing…. and NO she hasn’t always talked this way.

      • QQ says:

        No I had my dude by my side and he said “Oh that’s the dress I was Te…Does she have a speech impediment?!”

    • I Choose Me says:

      Yeah what is up with her? When she first came on the scene she was not like this. Shame. I like this on her and I wanted good things for her but I’m not here that type of shenanigans.

    • Llamas says:

      Does anyone know where I can find this accent she put on??

  4. Megan says:

    Hailee’s dress looks like it came straight from Kim Kardashian’s closet. I can’t separate Balmain from Kim anymore.

    • poop says:

      Exactly. If the K-clan hadn’t wore to exhaustion, I would’ve thought this was pretty. But now, all I see is a KK clone.

  5. Chaine says:

    To be fair to nick, I saw him on AGT earlier this week and his hair looked AWFUL. The Turbie Towel is an improvement!

  6. savu says:

    Love Hailey’s dress! And I usually hate Balmain. Exhausting is an excellent word. #kardashian is another.

  7. detritus says:

    I love this dress and it also reminds me of gimp friendship bracelets.
    My 10 year old self DREAMED of creating a gimp dress this cool.

    Although pass on the silvery banding. Black would have been more striking.

    Nick is just bad, bad, bad. He looks like he’s trying to mix high-fashion with the backstreet boys Millennium look.

    Klum is exactly as expected.

  8. Tiffany says:

    Okay, you cannot tell me Hallie is not doing something to her face. She was, what, 15 when True Grit came onto the scene. Four years do not make that much of a difference unless you are POTUS.

    • Juluho says:

      I don’t know, puberty can do some wacky things. Plus contouring and make up. Also, look at the kid who played Neville Longbottom in HP.

    • Samtha says:

      Her face looks the same to me. It’s just the heavy makeup.

  9. zo zo bird says:

    Allessia Cara’s shirt is not a Je Suis Charlie message. It says Je Parle (meaning, I speak) but the bottom is illegible because it is tied in the knot. Not a big deal, but it makes her appearance less political so thought I would clarify.