Darlings, the red carpet at Tony Awards has grown considerably more important and more populated with celebrities and A-list designers in our time covering it over the last decade. This year had the most high-profile celebs in high-profile designers than in any of the previous years of our coverage. Part of this is because the celebrity red carpet has become more ubiquitous in the last decade; more codified somehow. The machinery of celebrity PR and fashion PR has become incredibly well-oiled and efficient. Now, at the drop of a hat, you can get a 50 names in 5o designers willing to stand and pose at any event. You would think all of this was going to lead up to a particularly bitchy post, even by our own bitchy standards. But the thing is, the Tonys are still a slightly different animal than most celebrity awards shows. Sure, there’s the PR aspect of it. But the world of theater, no matter how much it becomes populated by film and TV stars, has a natural air of respectability and artistry surrounding it, which means the red carpet choices for the Tonys tend to be, well, fairly elegant and low-key. Everyone wants to look good, but no one wants to be accused of grabbing the spotlight in an unbecoming way.
Of course we’re still going to judge them as hard as we can. Join us, won’t you?
Flawless diva style.
The fit is very weird and we’re afraid, as much as we love it and as flattering as it can be, the midnight blue tux is starting to get played out at awards shows.
The bust doesn’t look quite right in terms of fit, but this is a fairly pretty, low-key Miu Miu.
Simple yet fabulous. Because she’s Bette Midler, we think some showier jewelry might have been called for.
First Lady Barbara Bush welcomes you to the Kennedy Center Honors in 1991.
Really fun, bold, bright print that forces you to look at it, making it a great red carpet choice.
It’s very pretty – prettier than we would have thought a pale pink could look on her – but once we get to the hem, it all goes a little sideways.
Not bad. The jacket’s a tiny bit snug.
DIfferent in an eye-catching way, but the shoes are kind of awful.
We are compelled to love a baby blue velvet tuxedo jacket, but we can’t extend that love to a baby blue velvet bow tie, nor can we extend it to those kind of roomy pants, which probably should’ve been black.
Tasteful and classic.
For some reason, the tuxes all seem to be poorly fitted tonight.
What a fabulous color story. Very different for the red carpet and perfect for her.
What’s with the shitty shoes, Orly? Did Stella make you give up leather?
Diva, we love you, but sleeves are not supposed to go to the floor.
Terrible. A great idea, but the jacket and pants are both way too long. She looks like she’s wearing someone else’s outfit.
Another tasteful classic.
Mmmm. Newp. It almost works, this “lady priest” idea, but the top and skirt look flimsy and unmatched.
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