The 2018 Tony Awards are Sunday night and I am really excited to see what all of the stars of stage, screen, and more are will bring to the red carpet. Over recent years a red carpet that unless you were an a-list Hollywood film star was really rather boring. Then the American Theater Wing decided to consult with Conde Nast creative director and Vogue editor-in-chief to figure out how the event could be elevated more. Since then in the background Vogue editors and big Hollywood power stylists have worked with some of the Broadway stars to get them into some of the coveted designers to rock on the red carpet. Ever since she started consulting with the awards Anna Wintour has been a staple on the events red carpet, usually with her daughter by her side. In over the last three years that Anna has stepped out on the red carpet wearing great looks from Maison Margiela Couture, Schiaparelli Couture, and Chanel Couture. All her go to designers. With that history picking a gown off the rack is almost sacrilegious, but when I was looking for the perfect gown for Anna to wear this year I saw this black Alexander McQueen short sleeve gown which features gold sequined orchid flower embroidery, jewel neckline, and a subtle trumpet silhouette and I fell in love with the idea. Anna does love a good McQueen dress or coat, but I cannot recall ever seeing her wear a gown from the designer. This dress is definitely under Anna’s traditional style umbrella for shape and the embellishments, but the color isn’t what we are used to seeing from Anna. When asked in 2014 during her 73 Questions interview for Vogue‘s YouTube channel “what you never ever wear?” she responded with “head-to-toe black,” but because of the embroidery this isn’t head to toe black is it? I wouldn’t add black shoes instead opting for a pair of antique gold Manolo Blahnik ‘AW’ kitten heel sandals. Finishing the look with simple makeup, her signature sleek bob, and a pair of antique Fred Leighton diamond and citrine drop earrings would ensure that this is another beautiful Tony moment for Anna. Cynthia Nixon won Best Featured Actress in a Play last year, and I wonder if she will be on hand Sunday night. She is currently campaigning for the Democratic nomination for the governorship of New York. She has been seen as just another Hollywood star with no experience running for office so I wonder if she would agree to present this year with that looming over her head. I think that Cynthia is definitely qualified. While she has never held office before she has been an advocate for causes from women’s rights, to LGBTQ+ equality, and more or her whole public career. I would love to see the actress and gubernatorial candidate use her platform for visibility and step out on Sunday. I went to one of the brands that we are used to seeing Cynthia turn to for her red carpet looks, Carolina Herrera. I definitely think that she would look beautiful wearing this black and white bias cut gown which features a contrast bodice, a crew neckline, long sleeves with tie detail, and a column fit from the brands Fall 2018 RTW collection. Cynthia isn’t one that I look to for pushing the boundaries of fashion and so I think that this simple yet sleek and glamorous gown would be a perfect option for her to rock on this red carpet. A sleek hairstyle, defined eyes, nude lips, diamond stud earrings, and a pair of black Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudist’ sandals all would really ensure that this is an absolutely perfect moment for Cynthia to rock on this red carpet. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical star LaChanze has earned a nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and I have this feeling in my bones that she is going to be one that the Vogue editors will bring under their wings and make one of the statement stars of the night. I know that without the help of a major fashion industry insider using their clout that the chances of seeing LaChanze wearing this color blocked Dolce & Gabbana Secret Show 2018 strapless ball gown which features a floral embroidered bustier bodice, a sweetheart neckline, and a tiered ruffled skirt would be slim to none. But when I was looking through all of the collections I really fell in love with this idea. It isn’t your typical Tony Awards gown, but I definitely think that this is a really great moment and I feel like LaChanze would definitely be able to take this gown and rock it with ease. The gown is such a statement all on it’s own that I think that if LaChanze styled it with a full afro, defined eyes, burgundy lips, and a pair of bronze Rene Caovilla crystal embellished ankle strap sandals that this look would be head to toe perfection.Supergirl star Melissa Benoist has yet to make me fall in love with one of her red carpet moments. She is going to be one of the many presenters on Sunday night and I am hoping that she brings the Hollywood glam to the red carpet. It is usually the stars of the screen who can bring the best moments, so I feel like there is some pressure on what Melissa should wear on the red carpet. Instead of pulling something off the runway or out of a lookbook I pulled something off the rack of Bergdorf Goodman. I think that for a moody, bohemian glam moment that Melissa would look lovely on the Tony Awards red carpet wearing this black and red J. Mendel strapless plisse silk color block gown which features a tricolor geometric design, defined waist, and pleated construction. This is definitely a very moody take on bohemian dressing and do think that Melissa would take it and really make it come to life on the red carpet. She gives this very effortless vibe when she steps onto the red carpet, but the looks she picks typically don’t compliment that vibe. This gown would do that. A romantic updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, a black, red, and gold Rafe ‘Pia’ geometric shell minaudiere, black Stuart Weitzman ‘100SQUARENUDIST’ ankle strap sandals, and a selection of Irene Neuwirth jewels including a pair of black faceted onyx and diamond drop earrings and matching cocktail ring would all really make this one of Melissa’s best (if not the best) red carpet looks ever. Opera diva soprano Renee Fleming has earned her first Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Nettie Fowler in the 2018 Broadway revival of Carousel. The actress has a very dramatic sense of style and usually brings big satin evening coats or capes to the red carpet. I decided to go against that norm, but still pick something with that same vibe of drama. I feel like Renee would be the perfect person to bring this cream crepe and silver silk Badgley Mishka Fall 2018 RTW long sleeve column gown which features a square neckline and a dramatic twisted bow draped bodice to life on the red carpet. It is one of those gowns that it takes a certain air of regality to really make work on the red carpet, and I definitely think that Renee has just that to really make this gown come to life on the red carpet. Add a sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of champagne satin Manolo Blahnik ‘Hangisi’ crystal buckle pumps, and a pair of Harry Winston diamond cluster drop earrings to ensure that this look is regal glamour from head to toe.
The 2018 Tony Awards will take place on Sunday June 10, 2018.