VMA Fashion Flashback
At the 2007 VMAs in Vegas, Rihanna risked bodily injury to strut the red carpet in some serious stilettos. "I do have heels on, but I'm trying not to put my weight on one foot," said the RampB star, who refused to let a broken toe stop her from showing off a fuchsia satin Armani Prive gown-and picking up two of the night’s biggest awards.
-With reporting by Lorelei Marfil
Winner of Best Hip-Hop Video for her dance track "I'm Real" in 2002, Jennifer Lopez-who would announce her engagement to Ben Affleck just weeks later-looked sexy-chic in a cut-down-to-there ensemble by Alexander McQueen. "She's the greatest example to show the evolution of personal style," Alberta Ferretti has said of Lopez's transformation over the years.
Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
The audience did a double take when Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey came onstage in matching Vera Wang dresses in 1998. "Nice dress," Carey said. "You look pretty good, too," Houston replied. "People thought Whitney and I had some kind of beef," Carey later explained when asked about their faux catfight, meant to clear the air of rumors they were feuding.
Thanks to the massive success of her second solo album, Beyonce led the list of nominees for the 2007 VMAs with a grand total of seven. On the big night, the singer picked up the Moon Man trophy for Most Earthshattering Collaboration-for "Beautiful Liar," her sultry duet with Latin beauty Shakira-looking like a golden goddess in a Grecian-inspired Reem Acra gown.
Riding high on the success of 1995's Batman Forever, blonde bombshell Drew Barrymore struck a pose outside New York City's Radio City Music Hall in a black ensemble she designed herself. "Have fun with fashion!" the free-spirited actress has said. "I'm not intimidated by what I see on models. I play with clothes and express myself."
"I don't like pretty," Christina Aguilera once said. But the pop star changed her tune when she channeled old Hollywood glamour in 2006, glittering in a beaded Versace number, Lorraine Schwartz diamond necklace and Christian Louboutin heels.
Before she went solo, the Black Eyed Peas songstress Fergie was a showstopper on the 2005 VMA red carpet in a brightly-hued ruffled Rami Kashou gown. The designing women, who has gone on to create a collection of handbags for Kipling has a simple fashion mantra-"It's not about following the rules."
In 2005, Kelly Clarkson rocked the red carpet in Miami in a Paper Bag Princess Vintage Couture Collection gown. The very first Americal Idol winner-who shouted "Vintage!" as onlookers asked what designer she was wearing- took home Best Female Video for “Since U Been Gone.”
Beloved R&B artist Aaliyah will be remembered not only for her chart-topping hits but also for her bold and sexy fashion sense. She proved her point in a tiger-striped Roberto Cavalli gown at the 2000 ceremony-where she walked away with three awards.
The ever-chic Gwyneth Paltrow sparked a trend in 1996 when she opted for a red velvet tuxedo pantsuit designed by pal Tom Ford for Gucci.
Salma Hayek made heads turn in Hollywood when she accessorized a sexy black strapless dress with temporary tattoos in 1998. Known for her timeless and elegant style, Hayek has always embraced her hourglass figure. "The world's most unforgettable beauties embrace the very traits that set them apart," she has said.
"Hers is the style of a big star." Valentino has said of Sharon Stone, who arrived at the ceremony in 1993 in a crepe gown by the designer. With her classic, sophisticated style, would there be anything she wouldn't wear? "Me?" Stone has said. "I have no shame."