At Sunday night's MTV Movie & TV Awards, millennials dominated—both on the red carpet and on stage, where such salient awards as the genderless "Best Actor," "Best American Story," and "Best Fight Against the System" were doled out. The whole cast of Stranger Things, a pack led by young Calvin Klein ambassador Millie Bobby Brown, showed up, as well as actors Ashton Sanders of Moonlight fame, Zendaya, and actress-activist Yara Shahidi of Black-ish. But elsewhere, their elder, yet no less chic counterparts like Taraji P. Henson of Empire and Tracee Ellis Ross, also of Black-ish, proved they're up to the challenge of their younger co-stars. In particular, Ross and Shahidi faced off in bold, bright, tactile looks, ensembles that might be challenging to pull off—but we'd never know, because each did it so effortlessly.

Yara Shahidi in Gucci at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in Los Angeles, California, May 2017.

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Who: Yara Shahidi.

When: Sunday, May 7.

Where: The MTV Movie & TV Awards in Los Angeles, California.

What: A mirrored ankle-length skirt and floral crop top with long sleeves and puffed shoulders with a rose motif, both from Gucci's Spring 2017 collection and styled by Jason Bolden.

Why: The first of two Gucci looks Shahidi wore over the course of the night, it was also the boldest. The metallic, mod skirt contrasts with the Elizabethan attitude of the top, seamlessly combining contemporary and old-world in that way that only Alessandro Michele can manage. Sandals with large silver bows on the front and a pair of braids finish the whole thing off.

Tracee Ellis Ross in Rosie Assoulin at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in Los Angeles, California, May 2017.

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Who: Tracee Ellis Ross.

When: Sunday, May 7.

Where: The MTV Movie & TV Awards in Los Angeles, California.

What: A color-blocked wrap dress with lace detailing from Rosie Assoulin's Fall 2017 collection with Giuseppe Zanotti metallic heels, styled by Karla Welch.

Why: Like her younger Black-ish co-star, Ross is making the most of a statement look—and fortunately, they play mother and daughter on screen, so clearly red carpet know-how is all in the (television) genes. All the primary colors—and then some—are present and accounted for, paired with a bright red lip and brassy metallic heels. No one else on the red carpet even stood a chance.

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