Machine Gun Kelly’s purple spiked suit is a contender for this year’s most unusual red carpet outfit

Machine Gun Kelly's AMAs outfit was one of his most daring yet. (Getty Images)
Machine Gun Kelly's AMAs outfit was one of his most daring yet. (Getty Images)

Machine Gun Kelly took to the 2022 American Music Awards red carpet in one of his most out-there outfits yet.

The musician – real name Colson Baker – chose a vibrant purple two-piece suit by Dolce & Gabbana for the occasion... so far, so normal.

But the designer suit was embellished with long metal spikes all over, from head to toe.

Although Kelly is known for his somewhat unusual red carpet outfits, this was certainly one of his most unorthodox – and dangerous – looks.

The 32-year-old went bare-chested beneath his blazer, showing off his extensive tattoo collection, and completed the look with black leather boots that featured smaller spikes.

Machine Gun Kelly collects his  award for Favourite Rock Artist at the 2022 American Music Awards
Machine Gun Kelly wore the spiked suit to collect his award for Favourite Rock Artist at the 2022 American Music Awards. (Getty Images)

Machine Gun Kelly joins a long list of celebrities opting for more unusual red carpet outfits this year.

Perhaps it's the post-pandemic freedom – two years of lockdowns and quarantines birthed a new era of creativity – or maybe as a society we’ve become more accepting of those who want to try more ‘unconventional’ looks.

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From Doja Cat and Janelle Monáe’s avant-garde styles, to Julia Fox and Kendall Jenner finding new ways to interpret the 'nearly naked' trend that has dominated the red carpet of late, it seems unusual celebrity outfits became more and more commonplace this year.

Of course, the annual Met Gala red carpet serves up some of the most interesting looks in the fashion calendar, and this year’s theme of Gilded Glamour and White tie in honour of the New York museum’s In America: An Anthology of Fashion exhibition was no exception.

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The Met Gala red carpet always plays host to the most unusual celebrity outfits of the year. (Getty Images)
The Met Gala red carpet always plays host to the most unusual celebrity outfits of the year. (Getty Images)

The Gilded Glamour theme gave attendees enough loose guidance whilst still leaving room for some celebrities to find the most unorthodox and eccentric outfits.

Fans were slightly confused how Kylie Jenner and Nicki Minaj’s baseball caps fit the theme, but they made for great social media commentary afterwards.

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It's not just the women, either. Men and non-binary celebrities have been in the spotlight for some out-there outfits this year, too.

Always a purveyor of the slightly absurd (see: holding a model of his own head at the Met Gala 2019), Jared Leto chose for a lace cape style over his white satin suit for an event in March, whilst Brad Pitt seemed to throw out the entire ‘classic premiere outfits’ section of his wardrobe, instead opting for a series of colourful relaxed linen suits, and a brown skirt suit.

Keep scrolling to see this year's most unusual celebrity red carpet outfits so far.

2022 most unusual celebrity red carpet outfits

Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly at the 2022 American Music Awards. (Getty Images)
Machine Gun Kelly at the 2022 American Music Awards. (Getty Images)

Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy on The Menu premiere red carpet in November 2022. (Getty Images)
Anya Taylor-Joy on The Menu premiere red carpet in November 2022. (Getty Images)

Katy Perry

Katy Perry at the 56th Annual CMA Awards in November 2022. (Getty Images)
Katy Perry at the 56th Annual CMA Awards in November 2022. (Getty Images)

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner at the 11th Annual LACMA Art + Film Gala in November 2022. (Getty Images)
Kendall Jenner at the 11th Annual LACMA Art + Film Gala in November 2022. (Getty Images)

Timothée Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet attends the
Timothee Chalamet at the Bones And All red carpet at the 2022 Venice International Film Festival. (Getty Images)

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe on the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premiere red carpet in October 2022. (Getty Images)
Janelle Monáe on the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premiere red carpet in October 2022. (Getty Images)

Jared Leto

Jared Leto on the red carpet for a Morbius screening in March 2022. (Getty Images)
Jared Leto on the red carpet for a Morbius screening in March 2022. (Getty Images)

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt on the red carpet for a screening of Bullet Train in July 2022. (Getty Images)
Brad Pitt on the red carpet for a screening of Bullet Train in July 2022. (Getty Images)

Fredrik Robertsson

Fredrik Robertsson on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet in May. (Getty Images)
Fredrik Robertsson on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet in May. (Getty Images)

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet in May. (Getty Images)
Nicki Minaj on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet in May. (Getty Images)

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet in May. (Getty Images)
Kylie Jenner on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet in May. (Getty Images)

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X at the 2022 MTV VMAs in August 2022. (Getty Images)
Lil Nas X at the 2022 MTV VMAs in August 2022. (Getty Images)

Doja Cat

Doja Cat at the Monot Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show in October 2022. (Getty Images)
Doja Cat at the Monot Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show in October 2022. (Getty Images)

Dove Cameron

Dove Cameron at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Dove Cameron at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards in May. (Getty Images)

Charli XCX

Charli XCX at the BoF500 gala during Paris Fashion Week in October 2022. (Getty Images)
Charli XCX at the BoF500 gala during Paris Fashion Week in October 2022. (Getty Images)

Jourdan Dunn

Jourdan Dunn at the BoF500 gala during Paris Fashion Week in October 2022. (Getty Images)
Jourdan Dunn at the BoF500 gala during Paris Fashion Week in October 2022. (Getty Images)

Emma Corrin

Emma Corrin on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet in May. (Getty Images)
Emma Corrin on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet in May. (Getty Images)

Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace on the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party red carpet in March 2022. (Getty Images)
Donatella Versace on the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party red carpet in March 2022. (Getty Images)

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson on the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party red carpet in March 2022. (Getty Images)
Tessa Thompson on the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party red carpet in March 2022. (Getty Images)

Julia Fox

Julia Fox on the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party red carpet in March 2022. (Getty Images)
Julia Fox on the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party red carpet in March 2022. (Getty Images)