Call it what you want — a hint, clue, or clever Easter egg — but Taylor Swift‘s dress at the MTV VMAs on Sept. 12 felt like a clear nod to her next rerecorded album. Less than two months out from her upcoming album release, “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” the singer hit the red carpet in a floor-length Versace dress with a thigh-high slit. The all-black ensemble was lined with gold eyelets that matched her chrome nails. She paired the outfit with Anita Ko jewelry.
Surprisingly sultry, the dress featured a high slit that ended above her mid-thigh, showing off Swift’s strappy heeled sandals and gold pedicure. From the front, the gown boasted an asymmetrical neckline with ruched detailing. From behind, the embellished straps crisscrossed over her shoulders, creating an elegant, open-back design. Swift’s style team completed the outfit with diamond necklaces, gold chains, drop earrings, and multiple statement rings.
Since the release of her most recent album, “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” in July, fans have been speculating what the star has been working on in the studio. The prevailing theory among Swifties puts the singer back in her “Reputation” era circa 2017, and this monochrome look feels like a direct nod to the album. The original “Reputation” album, released under Big Machine Records, was Swift’s response to invasive media coverage of her private life and subsequent tabloid scrutiny. Most notably, the album gives insights into Swift’s celebrity feuds, arguments with ex-lovers, and relationship with her former partner Joe Alwyn.
Swift’s original “Reputation”-era style consisted of several all-black, leather ensembles and thigh-high boots. Since she’s known for dropping hints about her upcoming projects in even the most subtle ways, fans might not be too far off with this theory. While Swift did not make a new album announcement during her acceptance speech for best pop, Swifties are still clinging to hope that the star may be sharing her next project soon.
Ahead, admire Swift’s gorgeous Versace dress at the MTV VMAs from all angles.