Taylor Swift wore Versace to sweep the 2023 MTV VMAs: cute or tragic?

For years now, the MTV VMAs and Movie Awards have been in the depths of hell – like, no A-listers were showing up to those events, and it was just an endless parade of C-listers and reality stars. I figured this year’s VMAs would be the same, but MTV somehow got a bunch of big-name people to come out. Of course, I kind of think the only reason Taylor Swift went to the VMAs is because MTV guaranteed that Taylor would sweep, which is what happened – she won NINE VMAs this year. For the red carpet, Taylor wore Versace… you guys, this dress is so bad. Like, WTF? Who picked this out for Taylor? And who styled her?

Here’s Olivia Rodrigo in a great Ludovic de Saint Sernin dress. So pretty.

Shakira picked up the MTV Video Vanguard Award, and she wore Versace on the carpet (and on stage). I love how sparkles and metallics are back this year!

Cardi B wore the “Dilara Findikoglu hair clip dress,” a dress made out of hundreds of hair clips. She looked cool.

Selena Gomez wore this red Oscar de la Renta dress. Eh, kind of phoned it in?

Photos courtesy of Cover Images.

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  1. Pinkosaurus says:

    The VMA fashion should be way more fun than this. Yawn. Let me know when a meat dress or swan dress show up.

  2. seaflower says:

    TSwift’s outfit looks like the cheap knock off of Liz Hurley’s Versace Safety Pin dress. https://fashionista.com/2021/06/elizabeth-hurley-versace-safety-pin-dress

    • Anna says:

      Oooh that dress is stunning!

    • BQM says:

      That dress is so iconic.

      I didn’t mind Taylor’s myself. It certainly wasn’t the worst imo. Megan’s could’ve been cool but I’m over the “moshed boobs threatening to spill out if you breathe wrong look”.

      • Kimmy says:

        I didn’t mind the dress and I loved her jewelry. it was the GD hair. It looked like she forgot a piece or two when she pulled it up. It looked like greasy, octopus tentacles.

      • Normades says:

        Same @kimmy dress was OK, kinda boring, and I don’t like accessorized it, but that hair was just really really bad.

    • ML says:

      My issue with Taylor’s dress is that it’s wearing her instead of the other way around. In the picture with her leg out, it looks like she took a step and froze instead of posing. And I also don’t think her hairstyle matches the dress.

    • Lau says:

      She’s trying so hard to be edgy.

      • Megan says:

        Try as she might, she has no edge or sex appeal.

      • Kebbie says:

        @Megan She has always seemed so asexual to me. For someone that’s made a career out of love songs and relationships, it’s crazy how little sex appeal she has. No chemistry or heat between her and any of her boyfriends either.

      • Debbie says:

        That’s it, she’s trying too hard and it shows. Someone above said that the dress was wearing her and that fits too. Either way, it is not her.

    • Carnivalbaby says:

      Taylor’s dress is meh. It’s a nice dress, but looks dated, and if you know Liz’s dress then this just looks like a meh version of same. I loved her necklaces though.

    • Ameerah M says:

      It was the first thing I thought about when I saw the top pic of her. A very cheap looking imitation of an iconic dress. Taylor really needs to stick to her twee style. She cannot pull off sexy or vampy.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s exactly what it reminded me of. But with a weirder boob area.

    • VoominVava says:

      Well, it was made by the same designer, so Versace was probably doing a callback. I never really understand when people pick apart a dress that the wearer didn’t design. Also, why does Taylor have to be sexy? She’s awkward and a bit uncoordinated and lanky and she owns that. I like that part of her personality honestly. What about all those kids out there who feel insecure because they’re not ever going to be sexy (me LOL) reading comments about how awful it is that Taylor is too try hard. Sorry off my soapbox. 😉

  3. Missskitttin says:

    I’m not super agreeing with the majority of the awards. No best Electronica and no best Metal either… Yawn…

  4. Smile says:

    Shakira looked awesome.

  5. FC says:

    Ugh, the bangs.

  6. Carrie says:

    Tragic. It’s Elizabeth Hurley 1994.
    Shakira’s dress looks weird around the crotch.
    Olivia Rodrigo for the win.
    That’s all I’ve got

  7. Becks1 says:

    I think in general Taylor has really bad red carpet style. I can’t think of a big red carpet moment from her that I’ve liked. Maybe at most I’m like “eh, not bad.” But this one is pretty bad.

    I honestly didn’t realize the VMAs are still a thing. People are still making music videos?

    • Sugarhere says:

      I also find Taylor Swift’s dress choices rather… Uninspired. Trying to make a personality statement at all costs can result in an off-putting display of authoritarian leadership.

      Olivia Rodrigo’s dress is a reflection of her suave personality.

  8. MsIam says:

    I like it better than that bejeweled chicken wire dress Taylor wore to some other award show. Anyway, I like all the other dresses except Cardi’s. Are the clips just in the front? Otherwise it looks like it would be painful to sit down.

    • North of Boston says:

      I’m with you. The rest range from pretty nice to stunning.

      Though I give Cardi credit for having the most interesting dress, and I like the bracelets even if the dress isn’t my favorite

  9. Holz says:

    I like Taylor’s dress but I don’t like how she styled her hair and all the necklaces. It’s too much!
    My favourite is Selena’s dress, I thought she looked stunning. The colour looks great on her!
    I like Shakira’s dress, just not how it drapes around the crotch area.
    Olivia looks uncomfortable and stiff.
    Cardi’s dress is more like an art installation, but not in a good way.

  10. Daisy says:

    I thought Taylor looked really pretty. I love when she wears black. Olivia’s dress was cute, but I always feel like her dresses end up swallowing her and it looks kinda basic. Also you know if Taylor bothers to show up it’s because she won big. The only award show she attends with the risk of not winning is the Grammys (I mean it’s the only one not manipulated or voted by the public, so it has prestige even if people keep saying it’s “irrelevant” now).

    • dovahkiin says:

      I thought Taylor’s dress look HAWT in the clips of her dancing. Seeing the red carpet photos, I just wished she had chosen a more interesting shoe.

      Fashionistas on CB – what’s wrong with the dress?

      • Spillthattea says:

        It’s on her.

      • MipMip says:

        It’s the kind of dress that only works on a certain kind of person. Irina Shayk or Charlize Theron could wear the heal out of this dress. Ashley Graham or even Karlie (haha) too. Part of it is they have a certain kind of presence and part of it is that they’d never style it like this. This kind of dress needs sleek hair- a short sleek bob or small chignon would look good. The jewelry should be small and spare. The dress itself is a statement. The extra necklaces and hair situation ruin this for me.

  11. Kittenmom says:

    I think Selena looks very pretty here. Also like Olivia’s dress.

  12. Nikki says:

    I like Taylor’s look, and I think it’s different enough from Liz Hurley’s to not be a knock off. Olivia’s was my favorite though. Cardi’s was too gimmicky, not very flattering, and seems terribly uncomfortable.

  13. Mayfair says:

    About Taylor: I immediately thought: Wannabe the new Anne Hathaway!

  14. AnneL says:

    I don’t mind Taylor’s dress. It’s a look and it fits her well. I like the asymmetry and she’s tall enough to pull that off (I sure couldn’t). The necklaces don’t work for me though.

    I do think the others are a little basic for this event, except the paper clip dress which is too much IMO. Selena’s isn’t anything exceptional but it is flattering and I love the color on her.

  15. Chaine says:

    Tragic! I know she’s middle age now, but this makes her look like a little girl dressed up in mommy’s “sexy witch” Halloween costume.

  16. It Really Is You, Not Me says:

    I love Taylor’s and Selena’s dresses for being rock star edgy, although I don’t love Taylor’s hair it works with the look I guess.

    I think Olivia and Shakira look gorgeous, but these dresses seem a little formal for the VMAs. I feel like you could easily pull off either at the Emmy’s.

    Cardi B is awesome. I’m just wondering how heavy that dress must be. It’s like a weights session at the VMAs.

  17. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    I think her stylist here was going for edgy rocker glam. T.S. is a lot of things, but she’s about as edgy as a grilled cheese sandwich.

  18. Emily says:

    OMG Selena looks so hot.

  19. wordnerd says:

    I don’t mind Taylor’s dress – it looks comfortable. However, I saw videos of her dancing in the audience, and all I could think was how annoying she must be to go to concerts with. She has to be the center of attention even when she’s not on stage.

    • Stef says:

      So she needs to be the centre of attention because she was dancing at a show? Almost everyone was dancing. You seem like a blast to go to concerts with…

  20. Twikles says:

    That dress gives Show Girl Vibes

  21. Peanut Butter says:

    I like that Taylor stepped away from twee and tried something very different. I think she looks great — healthy, vibrant, not so predictable.

  22. Veronica S. says:

    The dresses are aggressively fine to me. None of them are major stand outs to me, but you wouldn’t blow your fashion load on the VMAs, now would you? Even Tay-Tay’s dress, I’m kind of like…mm, I’ll accept it.

    I do think she struggles with sexy, though. She has a sense of always being aware of how she’s perceived, and sexy needs a kind of aloof confidence to really work sometimes. Which…can’t really fault her there. She’s been in the spotlight since she was a kid. Kind of hard to leave that behind, and I’d bet it’s part of what drives her struggles with body dysphoria.

    I think we can all agree she’s looking MUCH healthier these days at this weight. I saw pictures of her at the VS show awhile back, and my God, I forgot how bone thin she was there for awhile. I’m glad she got help and was open about coming to terms with the body issues she had.

  23. AC says:

    Selena and Olivia looked gorgeous. Shakira had a super amazing performance yesterday(I’m still at awe). I also really liked Olivia’s and Demi’s performance in the beginning of the show . And loved loved Nicki, LL Cool J and Run DMCs performance celebrating 50 years of hip hop. No surprise that Taylor was going to sweep. She has a lot of fans to vote for her.
    Surprisingly the VMAs was really good last night and I haven’t watched in years.

  24. Stef says:

    Her hair is tragic but I like that she chose a different style dress.

    Selena looked amazing and I love her dress. It suits her.

    Shakira was the star of the night with winning Vanguard and putting on the beat 10 min show! She danced her ass off and took us back to a few of her biggest hits.

    Can’t help but feel that her song choices were a direct F U to her ex. She opened with She Wolf and finished with the Brzrp diss song.

  25. BeanieBean says:

    I’m sure we saw this gown in the 90s on Elizabeth Hurley. Ho hum. Donatella has nothing new.

  26. Penguin says:

    Uh, I don’t know which photos everyone else is looking at, but Taylor’s dress is the best from a bad bunch. Shakira’s looks massively cheap, Cardi’s is far too squished and small in the bust, Selena is doing Poison Ivy cosplay and Olivia looks like she got lost on her way to the prom. Taylor should’ve just used one of the gowns from her Era tour, all those looked miles better than this one.

  27. jferber says:

    Selena for the win. Gorgeous.