It's that time of year again, when the world readies itself for red carpet fabulousness, flashbulbs bouncing off bling, cooler-than-thou rockstars in skinny jeans, and cleavage-baring starlets masquerading as musicians. Yes, you guessed it -- it's the 2006 MTV VMAs! Everybody clap your hands!
This year, TixGirl landed an all-access pass to the pandemonium that is the pregame show countdown to the Red Carpet: AOL Music's 2006 Style Studio. It's a two-day extravaganza of celebrities rubbing shoulders, getting inked, having hair and makeup expertly touched up, and grabbing as much free schwag as they could possibly fit in their oh-so-chic Tallulah gift bags.
The eye of the storm was definitely the table overflowing with the D&G and Miu Miu shades that made the All-American Rejects look so... so... well... um, ready for the slopes, I guess. (I coveted the blue Miu Mius with the shamrock detailing. Cooler than cool.)
The real standout of the afternoon was Snoop D-O-double-G and his 7-man strong retinue. Everyone had to stop and catch their breaths the moment he made his entrance, and it wasn't from the sticky-icky. He just has that kind of presence and star power. Also in the hizzee was Entourage rapper Saigon, kicking it with America's Next Top Model winner, Nik.
On the alt rock tip, pop punk posterboys Fall Out Boy and their associates from Panic! At the Disco were there to reprezent. Oh how cute! Spin art.
Daintily sipping my mojito, I spotted my boys from OK Go! Totally made my day, as I replayed their spellbinding treadmill routine for the thousandth time in my head.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Jones was getting inked by world-famous tattoo artist, Mario Barth, next door. (I don't know about you, but the sound of a tattoo gun is like music to my ears.)
Speaking of tattoos, a parade of sleeves and skull motifs passed by as members of Biohazard, Hatebreed and Disturbed made their way to the gift tables throughout the day. We mustn't forget the tats sported by Pete Wentz and pretty much every other punk in the joint.
Then you have the pseudolebrities. For instance, the entire Hogan clan made a grin-infested appearance, presumably due to Brooke's impending superstardom in the pop realm. (Excuse me, time out while I convulse.)
Last night's private Perez Hilton After Party was like a non-stop reality show spotlight-hog fest. The entire casts of Laguna Beach, The Hills, and a bazillion others stopped by. Not my cup o' tea, so go check out Perez Hilton's blog for a recap. Better even than that, you can catch these and a ton more photos from all the festivities at AOL Music's Style Studio photo gallery.
Still To Come: More from the 2006 VMAs
Stay tuned for tomorrow's post, featuring a giddy TixGirl smiling sweetly with Gideon Yago, Tyson & his Reject cohorts, and the boys from Taking Back Sunday! (Holding tight as I wait with baited breath for the pics to come back from the photographers.)