The Tony Awards were held last night, and as always there were a few surprises, as well as some highs and lows. A surprise appearance by the drama department from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School brought the house to their feet as the students sang “Seasons of Love” from Rent. And another unexpected standing ovation came when Robert De Niro said only two words: “F*ck Trump.”
And the big winners were Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as well as lesser known The Band’s Visit, about an Egyptian police orchestra stranded for a night in Israel, which swept the awards, winning 10 prizes including best new musical. This sweep is impressive in the face of all of the well-known commercial productions which were also in the running like Mean Girls, Frozen, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Substance over sparkle.
Speaking of substance vs. sparkle, let’s ignore that substance for a moment and look at the pretty dresses, shall we? The Tony’s are an interesting red carpet, because it’s considered mid-tier to many A-list celebrities. So unlike the Oscars, Golden Globes, and of course the MET, this red carpet is typically more subdued. But then you have the B-listers and Broadway circuit celebrities who only walk this red carpet, this is IT for them. So of course, they go all out.
Here’s the breakdown of who scored high and who scored low of the 2018 Tony’s red carpet.
Sara Bareilles ~ Gown: J. Mendel // Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood // Jewelry: H. Stern
This J. Mendel gown is absolutely stunning in a sultry meets balletic sweetness sort of way. And I think it takes a brave girl to pull off the burnt orange color, but with her skin tone and hair color, she actually pulls it off perfectly. That’s the kind of dress where you just want to play with the skirt all night and dance.
Grace Elizabeth ~ Suit: Carolina Herrera // Jewelry: Chopard
Yes, yes, yes. This is a pant suit of perfection. The tailoring is just right, the plunge gives just enough of a peek to be sexy without going too far, and I am loving the pop of white and texture added in the white flowers on her hips (which are perfect to accentuate her silhouette).
Ashley Park ~ Gown: Pamella Roland // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bag: Amanda Pearl // Jewelry: H. Stern
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Pamella Roland I didn’t like, and this tulle ombre tiered number made it to the best list. The cinched waist was belted and covered with sequin florals that came up to the shoulders almost like suspenders. And the color looked absolutely gorgeous on Ashley.
Katharine McPhee ~ Gown: Zac Posen
The structural open bustier bodice is gorgeous, and what really makes this gown is the floral vines outlining and accentuating her curves. Zac Posen knows how to do a ball gown, that’s for sure. There was Leslie Mann’s yellow moment on the Oscars 2017 red carpet, and who can forget the Claire Danes MET Gala 2016. He doesn’t skimp on the fabric, and all that draping is aaastunnning.
Best (Unfortunate?) Camouflage
Rachel Brosnahan ~ Gown: Dolce & Gabbana
Next time, Rachel’s stylist should really find out the backdrop to the red carpet. On the plus side, if she has an embarrassing moment, she can pull a Homer Simpson…
Kerry Washington ~ Suit: Versace
Jumpsuits are such a dangerous area to explore in the red carpet arena, but the payoff can be big if you get it right. Unfortunately, Versace did not make it work for Kerry this time. This makes her look short, and it draws your eye to what’s happening in the nether regions, which doesn’t look exactly flattering on her. From the neck up, Washinton looks gorgeous. But Versace failed her on this one.
Rachel Bloom ~ T-Shirt: Alison Segel
So Rachel commissioned this tee showing legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim smoking a joint from one of her twitter fans. Apparently Rachel is a major fan of Sondheim and thought it would be a cheeky way to honor him at the Tony Awards. But…you know…it was a t-shirt with a confusing ass face on it, and most of us didn’t really get it until the next morning. And we still gave it the side face.
Thalia ~ Jumpsuit: Ese Azenabor // Bag: Judith Leiber
Another jumpsuit gone wrong. This suit’s gold sequin design vines from her hips down to her nether region, creating a harness look. The fabric flares out wider at the hips, exaggerating this look, which in no way is complementary to her figure. And to add a little insult to injury, one leg is made larger than the other with heavy ruffling. Oh, girl. Ooohhhhh, girl. Silver lining? I like the shoes!