Sure, the Oscars at the beginning of the month brought an end to traditional awards season, but Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards usher in the 2014 spring/summer season—one marked by shorts and miniskirts, bright colors, and beachy waves. The temperatures might still be lurking in the high 40s on the northern east coast, but the PYTs on the KCAs orange carpet are helping us get inspired for warmer weather.
ARIANA GRANDE IN AIISHA RAMADAN
Ariana Grande at the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards.Photo: Getty Images
Nick girl Ariana Grande paid homage to the network with a little orange shift dress. Rather than exactly matching the carpet (and the awards blimps!), the latter half of “Sam & Cat” opted for a lighter tangerine. Her dress wasn’t the only part of her outfit repping for Nickelodeon: Her quilted Chanel purse, which she tweeted a closer picture of, was customized with iconic Nick cartoon characters from Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Catdog, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
VICTORIA JUSTICE IN VERSACE COUTURE
Victoria Justice at the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards.Photo: Getty Images
Victorious star Victoria Justice wore one of the most high fashion looks of the night: a pale yellow and green Atelier Versace cocktail dress. Rather than full panels of fabric, the dress is actually constructed of multiple skinny printed straps and buckles coming together to create her sweetheart-neckline bustier and circle skirt.
BELLA THORNE IN VALENTINO
Bella Thorne at the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards.Photo: Getty Images
Skipping the dress look, Bella Thorne went for a more unexpected silhouette: a romper. The emerald satin Valentino onesie offset her strawberry blonde hair beautifully and was a refreshing change of pace for the KCA step-and-repeat looks.
PHARRELL WILLIAMS IN ADIDAS AND SPONGEBOB
Pharrell Williams at the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards.Photo: Getty Images
Another unexpected onesie came courtesy of Pharrell Williams. On the carpet, he wore a green version of his favorite Vivienne Westwood Mountain hat and a white three-striped Adidas track jacket with “GIRL” written in daisies across the chest (a preview of his forthcoming Adidas Originals collab maybe? *crosses fingers*). But on the stage, he presented with Kayley Cuoco wearing an all-yellow SpongeBob SquarePants zip-up hooded onesie—likely because he knew he was going to get slimed.
WILLOW SHIELDS IN TIMO WEILAND
Willow Shields at the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards.Photo: Getty Images
Claps for Hunger Games star Willow Shields for this crop top + full skirt Timo Weiland ’fit. A skirt with that much volume and fabric can be tricky for some, but a crop top—especially in a matching color and pattern—is the perfect pairing. Shields wears the look well with a pair of metallic, pointy-toed pumps.
SELENA GOMEZ IN DOLCE AND GABBANA
Selena Gomez at the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards.Photo: Getty Images
Finally, there’s Selena Gomez who took home a blimp for Favorite Female Singer. Selly may not have walked the carpet, but that didn’t keep us from ogling her Dolce & Gabbana coordinates outfit printed with ancient Greek ruins.