Sweeping waves are a modern red carpet standard and there's usually no shortage of smooth, soft curls at any event. The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were no different, with both Katy Perry and Rita Ora opting for sultry, old-school looks.
Both stars are known for their colourful, fashion-forward looks so it was a surprise to see them opting for classic glamour instead at a fun event like the VMAs.
Colour chameleon Katy opted for black hair on this occasion, styled in asymmetric sweep of waves tumbling over one shoulder.
Rita Ora oozed old-school glamour with her glistening blonde lengths styled in classic soft curls - with a hint of grungy roots adding an edge to her look.
Bright red lips, dark browns and winged eyeliner add up to an overall retro glam feel for Rita.