Summary by: FT Intern Bianca Teixeira
Date Published: June 15, 2010
This weekend brought about another red carpet event and its fashion from the 64th annual Tony Awards were not a disappointment.
Because the Tony Awards are there to celebrate achievements on stage in musicals and plays, the red carpet was the perfect place for celebrities to showcase their own theatricality through their couture.
Ruffles and sequins and padded shoulders, oh my!
The dress code for the night could be deemed "Diluted Extravagance" as none of the outfits were completely outrageous, but most sang a song of their own as they trailed down the red carpet with all cameras pointed at them. Very few black dresses clouded the carpet with most of musical Hollywood taking colour to the next level. Lea Michele in yellow, Jada Pinkett Smith in fuchsia, Catherine Zeta-Jones in icy blue and Viola Davis in neon green. Every colour of the rainbow was represented and then some! Even Cate Blanchett's grey pantsuit was made from a shimmery organza fabric.
Details on garments were also very obvious at Sunday night's show. Embroidery, ruffles, sequins and tulle ran rampant on the night that we celebrate all that is good on the Broadway stage. And can anyone think of any place more appropriate?
With a "no style left behind" policy apparent, even padded shoulders got a little bit of red carpet love. Both Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts had outfits that were punctuated with pointy shoulders. While the shoulder sizes were not anything too extreme, they were still obvious and out there!
Even the lengths of the garments could not be decided by one event. Train, floor-length and mini were all styles that were seen and applauded at the Tony's. Noticeably absent were any up-to-there slits but it those were not sorely missed. While there appeared to be an overwhelming number of women sporting strapless looks, halter and off-the-shoulder pieces were very much there.
The only trend that seemed to be agreed upon was the lack of accessories. Clavicles were bare and wrists unadorned with most celebrities allowing their outfits to do the talking. I found this to be incredible. Usually the red carpet is overflowing with statement necklaces, piles of bangles and dripping in chandelier earrings.
Who has the energy to sit and watch the actual award show when so much drama has already been seen on the carpet?
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