Miley Cyrus’ New Year’s Eve extravaganza on NBC wasn’t just a star-studded TV event featuring appearances by Paris Hilton, Dolly Parton, and David Byrne. It was also a fashion parade showcasing iconic looks from the ’90s and early 2000s. With the guidance of her stylist Bradley Kenneth, Cyrus stunned in multiple outfits, each one a tribute to fashion legends like Versace, Bob Mackie, and Gucci. From start to finish, it was an unforgettable night that celebrated both music and style.
Deciding where to start is daunting, but let’s kick off with the lovely pale pink halter dress from Versace’s spring/summer 2005 collection. This dress features a ruched waist and was donned by Cyrus during her performance of “Stars Are Blind” with Hilton and Sia. Interestingly, Hilton also chose the same brand for the event and wore a pink metal mesh dress that resembled the one she walked in during Versace’s spring/summer 2023 show in September.
However, Cyrus didn’t stick to just one Versace outfit for the evening. She also kicked off the show in a stunning green and orange one-shoulder dress from the brand’s spring/summer 2006 collection. The goddess-style dress featured a slight cape detail and was originally worn by model Gemma Ward on the runway over 15 years ago.
Cyrus added a touch of playfulness to the Versace collection, completing the trifecta with a ruffled and whimsical outfit. She wore a rose-covered miniskirt with a bustier top that had sheer sleeves from the brand’s spring/summer 1993 collection. This was the only time she wore separate pieces for the whole evening, but it definitely gave the glam looks an extra touch of fun.
During her performance with godmother Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus sported a one-shoulder sheer mini dress adorned with floral embellishments from Yves Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 1991 line. The dress boasted a large hot pink feathered sleeve that resembled something out of “The Muppets.” Parton herself wore a matching hot pink and black outfit. However, the standout of the night was the Bob Mackie creation that Cyrus donned while performing “Midnight Sky” with Fletcher and “Party Up the Street” with Swae Lee. This classic Mackie dress paid homage to the musical Sweet Charity from his fall 2002 collection titled “Broadway With Love” and featured hand-painted silk in gold, green, orange, and blue with beaded fringe adorning the neckline and hem. The overall look created an earthy yet psychedelic vibe.
During her special, Miley Cyrus showcased some outfits from Gucci as well. Among them was a trendy green and black mini dress from Tom Ford’s spring/summer 1996 collection for the brand, which was originally modeled by Linda Evangelista. The singer wore this dress while performing “Everybody’s Coming To My House” with Byrne. Another outfit that Cyrus wore was a custom sleeveless jersey mini dress from Gucci with side cutouts revealing a thong detail, which she wore while performing “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” with Parton. This was one of the only modern looks she donned that night. To complete the look, she wore sheer leopard print gloves that matched Parton’s black and leopard look.
After the broadcast ended, Miley Cyrus didn’t stop flaunting her vintage fashion sense. In fact, she seized the opportunity of all the attention she received from the special to announce the release of her new single “Flowers” later this month. In the song’s promotional video, Cyrus can be seen walking around Los Angeles wearing a gold draped dress that exposes her midriff. Interestingly, this dress originally belonged to Yves Saint Laurent’s fall/winter 1991 collection, but it was remade for the brand’s spring 2002 haute couture collection, and now it has found a new life with Cyrus. This is not the first time Cyrus has embraced vintage fashion, as she has been doing so with the help of Kenneth for a few years now. While this display of vintage ensembles is not surprising, it is still exciting, especially since Cyrus chose to introduce her new era of music in another iconic look from the annals of fashion history. It is safe to assume that the vintage parade will continue into 2023 and beyond, and we can’t wait to see what Cyrus has in store for us next.