Conan Gray channeled the ethereal protagonist’s energy for his first solo appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 28. The “Yours” singer arrived at the award show wearing a romantic black-and-white ensemble, possibly her most song-bold platform shoes yet. Taken from Harris Reid’s spring 2022 collection, Gray’s dress featured a white blazer-style top with a sheer, lace-trimmed train that her ensemble held up as she floated down the black carpet. The set also includes black high-waisted pants with extreme flare.
Peeking out from under Gray’s wide-leg trousers were the real stars of the show: a pair of silver Lurex boots featuring an 8-inch heel and 5.5-inch platform that would make anyone’s ankles tremble at the sight of them. Thanks to 11 buckles strapping all the way to his lower legs, Gray makes walking in them look like a breeze. The embellished shoes first appeared on the Marc Jacobs runway in spring 2017, and Gray snapped them up at Lido Archives — a vintage clothing rental store based in Los Angeles.
With input from stylist Katie Keane, Gray accessorized with a black Dries Van Noten neckpiece, a teardrop-shaped Swarovski pendant necklace, and black vintage lace gloves. Later at the VMAs, she changed into an equally whimsical Valentino haute couture getup — an orange ruffled cape and velvet trousers — to perform her songs “Duryoga” and “Smriti.”
Read on to admire Grey’s VMAs outfit, and take a closer look at her wild boots before catching up on what other stars wore to the awards show.