Some Outfit Tips to Take from the Very … Sparse YTMA Red Carpet

Right. So there’s not a lot to work with here, but that’s kind of the point: All along, the YouTube Music Awards have been very clear they’re all about the artists and their work and not the traditional awards show format.

Still, we’d say having Jenna Lyons in your audience and Dree Hemingway playing a suicidal philosopher who beats up Vanessa Hudgens makes this a rather fashion-y event, as do the meager (seed) pearls of style wisdom that dotted the, like, 12-person red carpet.

M.I.A., for one, proved it is indeed feasible to print-mix pink, pom-pom-edged patchwork with dip-dye jeans and persimmon pumps, and cat-fight victim Vanessa Hudgens told us to go for the gold in a full-length Dolce & Gabbana Byzantine mosaic and metallic pointy-toes. Greta Gerwig also did the matchy-matchy thing in an elongating vertical motif and coordinating cap-toe T-straps. Probably the most useful idea comes from Macklemore, who layered a plaid flannel under his collarless coat. That counts for warmth and texture, right?

Are we forgetting anyone? Ah, Lady Gaga. The only comment we can really make on her half-dressed-ness is at least her sleeves are rolled up well. Really — there’s a whole tutorial on these things. Also, her parody on the NASA logo was pretty … dope.

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