Celebrities shined brighter than the lights of Broadway Sunday night during the arrivals portion of the Tony Awards, bringing a whole lot of glitz to “The Great White Way.”
The biggest red carpet trend of the night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City was gilded glamour, with Emmy Rossum and Jennifer Hudson leading the pack. Rossum’s metallic moment took the form of a Ralph Lauren gown from the Pre-Fall collection which she paired with silver Ralph Lauren accessories. Hudson showed off her svelte figure in a slinky silver sequin gown by Kaufmanfranco.
Other stars who put on the glitz for the big night included Tina Fey -- who also flaunted her figure in a curve-hugging mermaid gown by Oscar de la Renta with silver embellishments. Anna Gunn went with the gilded trend, donning a gold floral dress by Jenny Packham.
“When I saw this dress, it took my breath away,” Gunn told The Hollywood Reporter.
Metallic looks were a favorite for all ages. Gladys Knight and Patti Labelle, both 70, each chose to add some sparkle. Knight dazzled in a gold blazer over a white sheath dress and Labelle looked regal in a pantsuit and embellished empress coat designed by Zang Toi.
The gilded trend did not work for everyone on the red carpet, though. Actress Kate Mara wore an overly embellished Dolce & Gabbana shift dress with extreme padded shoulders that made her look like a shiny football player ready to hit the field.
Some ladies turned heads without the flash, like Idina Menzel, Krystal Joy Brown and Vera Farmiga. Menzel showed off her assets in a low-cut mermaid-style gown by Zac Posen, Farmiga in a long-sleeved Stella McCartney dress and Brown in a white V-neck Maggie Norris Couture gown with tiny lips embellishments. Newlywed Leighton Meester made her first appearance post-wedding wearing a bridal white Antonio Berardi dress.
Though patterns were not a major trend of the night, winner Audra McDonald wore the perfect springtime white and orange Escada dress and Anika Noni Rose was fierce in an animal print dress by Badgley Mischka.
The men of the Tony Awards looked polished in different variations of the black tuxedo, like Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka in matching tuxedos, host Hugh Jackman, Best Actor winner Bryan Cranston in a polka-dot bowtie, Zachary Quinto, Ethan Hawke and Matt Bomer. Orlando Bloom also looked suave, but chose navy blue instead of the typical black fare.
Lucy Liu also channeled menswear with a very feminine tuxedo-inspired ball gown by Vivienne Westwood, with white lapels on her chest forming a plunging V-neck line.
Of course, no red carpet could be complete without a few offenders. The Tony Awards this year only found two people guilty of fashion felonies, both in shades of orange. Adriane Lenox wore a neon orange coat dress left open to expose white short shorts and a hat even crazier than Pharrell’s infamous Grammy hat. And Fran Drescher was no “Cinderella” in her sherbet orange gown constructed completely of tulle.
If this orange is the new black, let’s go back to black. Please.