Bodacious Black, Textured Tackiness & Vanderpump Ruled at the 2018 People's Choice Awards

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Let that terrible photograph of Jimmy Fallon ruining Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman’s fun set the tone: it’s time to talk about the looks (or lack thereof) at pop culture’s most forgotten award show—the 2018 People’s Choice Awards. Fashion ranged from extremely casual to Oscar-ready, which begs the question: Does anyone actually know how to dress for this thing? It turns out, the cast of Vanderpump Rules does, and that may be their only saving grace. Let’s dive in.

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So much better without Jimmy: I’m a sucker for Christina Hendricks’s Temperley London jumpsuit, whose patches are extremely cheesy in a Hard Rock Cafe way but whatever, she looks good. Retta’s turquoise and yellow-y green gown added necessary color to an other reserved red carpet and Mae Whitman’s Rebecca Taylor short suit is darling, shoulder pads and all.

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I warned ya, a lotta black this year: Sarah Silverman wore a plunging Rhea Costa gown, Busy Philipps’s Christian Siriano dress is more conservative than we’re used to seeing her, but it’s spectacular nonetheless. Mia Kunis’s Alex Perry dress and Christian Louboutin shoes are so simple, certainly a bit boring, but oh-so chic.

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Those who wore pants, killed the pants game: The Real’s Jeannie Mai in Gucci stunned; I even liked Scarlett Johansson in Versace, and James Charles in Bryan Hearns.

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Australian actor Nadia Fairfax’s oversized red suit with furry cuffs warmed my dead heart, Victoria Beckham looked sleek as all hell... in Victoria Beckham, and Sabrina Carpenter rocked Tom Ford.

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Shay Mitchell has quickly become a stylish person-to-watch and this Toni Maticevski dress is no exception. Riverdale’s Camila Mendes took a page out of Betty’s book for this simple Etro dress partnered with Tory Burch shoes. Rita Ora, whose perfect awards show attendance is nothing short of desperate, wore a gorgeous lavender Versace gown.

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Those who stayed away from the all-black trend, really stayed away from it: Alisha Wainwright’s lollipop floor length look is enviable, Kat Graham stunned in a deep green Chalayan dress and Amber Stevens West has single-handedly convinced me that the mustard and velvet trends should never die.

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For the gents in suits, patterns prevailed: Taran Killam should be buried in this turtleneck, Lil Rey Howery rocked what might be the most beautiful suit I have ever seen and Harry Shum Jr. kept it casual in Emporio Armani.

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Manu Gavassi, a Brazilian pop star, rocked pop star cosplay. Tyga’s all-leather look was a++++, Luke Baines in Saint Laurent really highlights his sexy serial killer vibe.

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Vanderpump Rules! Scheana Marie’s satin jumpsuit recalls Britney Spears’ “Oops!...I Did It Again” music video. The only thing better than Ariana Madix’s cropped bob is her colorful pant suit. Tom Sandoval... looked fine.

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Kristen Doute’s simple lace romper looks like it came from the limited edition section of a Forever 21, but that ain’t bad. Lala Kent’s gown is a lotto scratch off, but make it fashion. James Kennedy also looked fine.

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Stassi Schroeder’s sleeveless mini dress could’ve used some bold accessories, but I love the gratuitous lapel. Katie Maloney-Schwartz and Tom Schwartz did not take each other into consideration when getting dressed, but I love a hot pink and men’s floral blouse. Applause all around.

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Let’s end with this delightful photo of Terry Crews in a brilliant bluish gray (or is it a grayish blue?) suit. Fallon should take notes.

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