If the Video Music Awards are any indication, our young people will continue to take their fashion seriously: i.e. no more flip-flops in posh restaurants.
Celebs mixed yesteryear's pin curls, rouged lips, and mermaid silhouettes with today's florals and A-line skirts for dressed-up, head nodding-worthy flair at Sunday night's award show.
Lady Gaga's leather Prabal Gurung gown pooled into a luxurious swirl of dotted netting on the red carpet at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Selena Gomez was maybe a little too grown up in her corset-baring, navy Atelier Versace, and Taylor Swift was pouty-lipped in a devastating, body-skimming Herve Leger.
Rita Ora, I mean Beyoncé, I mean Rita Ora, stunned in light blue Alexandre Vauthier Couture. The skirt exploded into a swirl of feathers.
And Teen Wolf star Holland Roden did glamour very modern-chic in a cream Naeem Khan gown, a cool mix of tailored slacks under ball skirts.
The hunks of the evening were suited and skinny-jeaned up. Touches of androgyny reigned courtesy of California rapper Flying Lotus, who looked trendy if a bit peculiar in a pair of shiny leggings and a fitted blazer he paired with a bright orange infinity scarf. Singer Bruno Mars is always cute in a fedora.
President of pop Justin Timberlake gave a modern twist on his fitted tuxedo. Daft Punk presented awards in sequined blazers, a nice throwback to the time before men performed in sneakers and jeans, while rapper Macklemore was dapper in an ice-blue suit.
Our favorite look, however, was Robin Thicke's. Miley Cyrus' twerk victim performed his summer hit "Blurred Lines" in a slim-cut black-and-white suit.
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