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Celebs Let Loose at the Video Music Awards

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Up the street from the tents at Bryant Park last night was another sartorial spectacle: the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. And whereas hemlines may fluctuate from season to season at the collections, any length will do at the VMAs, as long as it's short.

Minidresses were practically de rigueur: The City's Whitney Port wore sheer Christopher Kane, and Katy Perry poured herself into a sequins-and-spikes body-con Thierry Mugler. VJ Alexa Chung worked her signature prim-but-playful look in a Luella Fall 2007 dress featuring doily-like appliqués and a peekaboo black petticoat. Rose Byrne looked smashing in floral Marc Jacobs, and Leighton Meester looked shiny in a metallic Christian Cota frock.

And what's a red carpet without Balmain these days? Shakira and Pink hammed it up together for the cameras upon realizing they had both shown up in look 16 from the Fall collection. The stage-crashing Kanye West, meanwhile, sported Balmain Homme, which he accessorized with a bottle of Hennessy and his date, Amber Rose (in a spandex python bodysuit).

Oh, and Lady Gaga came, too. In case you missed her, she arrived, accompanied by Kermit the Frog, in a feathers-and-lace Jean Paul Gaultier ensemble replete with a gold Phantom of the Opera-style mask. How, we wonder, will she manage to top this for tonight's Marc Jacobs festivities?

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