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Katy Perry and Riff Raff’s Hilarious, Awkward Denim Homage

The hearts of former ‘00s teens soared when Katy Perry and Riff Raff took to tonight’s VMAs red carpet in matching double-denim ensembles that flagrantly recalled the couples’ Canadian tuxedo Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore in 2001. Like so many Perry getups (case in point: pepperoni-flecked onesie) this one operated on an entirely literal level, and Perry seemed to be having fun with the homage. That said, Perry’s take — let’s not even pretend Riff Raff had any decision-making power here — lacks the cornball charm of the original. The countrified attitude, exemplified by Justin’s floppy hat and Britney’s Parton-esque pairing of denim and major diamonds, was what made the look so endearingly awkward. Perry’s 2014 update subs in studding, rips, and different hues of patchwork denim for a much more knowing, stylist-driven take on the look. That said, she looked like she was having the most fun out of anyone on the red carpet — would it have killed some of her fellow pop stars to smile?

Katy Perry and Riff Raff’s Awkward Denim Homage