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MTV VMAs: Fashion, boys rule

August 29, 2011 |  6:00 am

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It was a gender-bending fashion story at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, beginning with Lady Gaga's male alter-ego Jo Calderone.

Calderone, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ralph Macchio in "The Outsiders," wasn't so easy on the eyes, even in the Dior Homme jacket and Brooks Brothers pants, cigarette in hand. I found myself missing the meat dress.

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Beyonce announced her pregnancy while walking the "black carpet" wearing the most chic maternity wear I've ever seen, a one-shouldered orange Lanvin gown. But when she took the stage, she played the garconne in a spectacular beaded Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo jacket and pants, her blond hair swirling around her as she danced. She even opened the jacket at the end to show off her baby bump. And that is one lucky baby.

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Apparently, fall's colored-jeans trend isn't just for women. Justin Bieber showed up in a pair of red jeans and a black blazer, with a YSL lapel pin and a pet snake named Johnson in his hand. As if that wasn't weird enough, he was sporting some new glasses that made him look like Rachel Maddow.

Pitbull did the colored jeans thing better. I thought his red jeans, white jacket and tasseled loafers were snappy, though someone on Twitter compared him to a Greek shipping tycoon. 

Jay Z brought back the old school Timberland boots, and Kanye West tucked an American flag bandanna in the back pocket of his jeans, Bruce Springsteen style. Bruno Mars looked like he could be the next King of Rock in a throwback sharkskin suit and spectator shoes, singing a 1950s rendition of Amy Winehouse's hit "Valerie."

Tyler, the Creator wins the award for best T-shirt of the night--so non-ironic, it was ironic--a rainbow tie-dye shirt with a cat's face on the front. And Russell Brand, that guy wears a metallic scarf like no other man (or woman) can.

Compared to the men, most of the women were a snooze. Katy Perry's outfits were just silly, especially that yellow cube hat she was wearing while hubbie Russell and the rest of us were all trying to have a serious moment to pay tribute to Winehouse. And Nicki Minaj looked like a costume shop exploded all over her. Someone could have picked up the style slack while Lady Gaga was off cross-dressing, but Minaj blew it.

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Adele always keeps it classic, and her black scalloped lace dress by Barbara Tfank was lovely. And Britney Spears looked pretty cute  in a black chevron beaded Moschino jumper. A little bit sexy, a little bit sweet. Which is why we fell in love with her in the first place.

--Booth Moore

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Top photos left to right: Lady Gaga, dressed as a man, performs "You and I" at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, Aug. 28, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni; Singer Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Bruno Mars performs during a tribute for Amy Winehouse. AP Photo/Matt Sayles. 

Justin Bieber holds a snake as he arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images.
Bottom left to right: Singer Nicki Minaj, winner of the Best Hip-Hop Video Award for "Super Bass." Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images); Adele AP Photo/Matt Sayles: Singer Britney Spears, winner of the Video Vanguard Award and Best Pop Video Award for 'Till the World Ends." Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images);  

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