The 2016 Tony Awards went down on June 12th at the Beacon Theatre in New York, and the red carpet was full of stars throwing down fashion trends like it was a runway.
From Lupita Nyong’o’s floral look to Danai Gurira’s canary-coloured style, here are the four looks to work this season – whether you’ve a top event to flaunt them or somewhere slightly more low-key to be seen.
1. Pattern & Print
29-year-old British-Nigerian actress and Tony award winner on the night, Cynthia Erivo stepped out in a gown by kind go print, Roberto Cavalli, showing us how to make impact with an explosion of paint splatter.
The dress was fun and totally show-stopping really, with its layer upon layer of print serving glamour to the max.
Supermodel Liya Kebede went for a monochrome look by Proenza Schouler, with a 3d-patterned dress that was ready to party.
The tinsel-shaped clusters added a fun sort of decadence, and we loved the way the shoes matched, with their 3d coverings too.
Internet queen, Tavi Gevinson wore her patterns to clash, mixing red, black and berry shades in floral and check print from Coach.
This is a fun look that matches her style as well as that of her brand – which is very much of the mix’n’match, cut-and-paste, collage style we at SPICE wish we could pull off.
Model Joan Smalls also went for pattern, taking the classic handkerchief print and rocking it with sequins via this Altuzarra gown.
Love the plunge but most off all the print, which is merges low and high styling with lavish embellishment.
Actor Daveed Diggs also pulled of a play on mixed prints, working his grey-checked suit with contrasting floral print arms.
The daring of Daveed to take a traditional look and pull it off with a twist is what Team SPICE like best – because who needs yet another tailored look in black, grey or navy on the red carpet? Points scored also for those bright blue socks…
Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba stepped out at the Tonys, with her cobalt blue gown implying perhaps that’s the new ‘It’ hue.
The fold effect of the bodice, layered peplum and wrap-over skirt element brought real origami vibes, which we’d like to fold inside our wardrobes this season too.
Also rocking a look reminiscent of origami, model Jourdan Dunn brought a voluminous gown by Zac Posen to the Tonys, with an excess of fabric that fell about her hips so elegantly.
The finely-tailored bodice of the gown also brought structural feels – the sort that remind us of the precision involved when making a paper aeroplane.
British-Nigerian actress, Sophie Okonedo wore a colourful gown that brought with it a field of oriental flowers.
The unusual neckline, falling off at the shoulders brought elegance alongside those long sleeves, and the whole looked was just beautiful with Sophie’s cropped curls and simple makeup.
For Pascal Armand, it was all about floral embellishes, with her Delpozo dress boasting sequinned, beaded and embroidered buds down its front.
We really love this dress, with its metallic bronze skirt and sheer black top, and whoever made the decision to do a dark lip is a genius.
Bee Shaffer & Anna Wintour
Famed US Vogue editor-in-cheif Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee Shaffer stepped out together for the event, both wearing buds of different proportions.
For Anna, it was mid-sized cherries, berries and blue leaves by Schiaparelli (Ms Wintour doing a different sort of botanical), while Bee went for a ditzy floral print by Erdem in the same red, blue and white palette.
We don’t know whose look we like most, but we do love how Anna rocked her signature shades and embellished necklace, and was cooler than her daughter.
Top actress Lupita Nyong’o hit the red carpet in style as always, wearing an off-the-shoulder floral gown by Boss.
Telling Vogue how “Lupita is the perfect muse,” Jason Wu said of designing the gown;
“I was looking at these Tetris colors and [wanted to] create something bright and exciting and textural. When I think about Broadway, it’s exuberant and fun and full of characters. I wanted this dress to have those qualities.”
The resulting design was definitely full of character, with its hand-embroidered flowers and 3d sequin effect leaving Lupita looking like a bed of blossoms.
4. Zesty Shades
Zimbabwean actress Danai Gurira was seen wearing a Rosie Assoulin dress that was made for her complexion.
The canary yellow of this dress just jumps from her skin in a way we at SPICE wish we could achieve.
Denee Denton wore a pastel mustard yellow, via her Prabal Gurung gown.
We love the slits and the ‘stapled-back-together’ effect they left across her thighs – as well as the choice to rock the gown with a metallic silver shoe.
Nicki M James
Getting warmer with the zesty hues, Nicki M James wore a feisty orange gown by Rubin Singer.
The look popped on the red carpet, with the dress trailing to one side and complimented by strappy silver heels. We’re just not convinced the hair style was well-matched…
Going softer in a pale lemon, actress Lucy Liu wore a plunging princess look with delicate floral embellishes.
We at SPICE love the halter neck silhouette of her Zuhair Murad Couture gown, cinched at the waist, and how girly with a hint of glam the look was.
And doing yellow in a more daring way, via print, Trinidadian singer-songwriter and actress Heather Headley wore this lemon look by Badgely & Mischka.
Complimenting the streaky print of the high necked gown, the star wore a pair of glittering drop earrings that matched the belt detail of her dress, and made the fun feel elegant with a soft up-do. We love it.
But which were the looks you liked? Tell us about the trends you’ll be trying from the 2016 Tony Awards red carpet, below in the comments box or online @SPICETVAFRICA.
Image source: Vogue.com, Nyc.suntimes.com, Bustle.com