Broadway united on Sunday night at the 70th annual Tony Awards — both in celebration of the year's best productions and in solemnity after the weekend's tragic massacre in Orlando, Florida. Presenters and nominees honored the victims in various poignant ways during the show, but the movement began on the red carpet: men wore grey remembrance ribbons designed by William Ivey Long on their suit jackets.
A mere two years after Vogue's Anna Wintour said the Tony Awards red carpet fashion could use some work (to put it nicely), an impressive transformation is complete. Long, an American Theatre Wing chair, reached out to Wintour for her help in 2014, marking the beginning of a five-year Tony red carpet restructuring plan. In the past, Broadway stars were disconnected from the kind of designer relationships that film and television actors depend on to get dressed for high-profile events, but Vogue and PR firm KCD stepped in to bridge the gap. Though, all the attention earned by "Hamilton" this year must have helped, too. Who wouldn't want the chance to dress Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry?
The evening's actress nominees and guests were decked out in A-list designers like Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli and even "It" girl favorite Rosie Assoulin. Joseph Altuzarra and Zac Posen arrived with major models as their dates — Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn, respectively — as did Public School's Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne with actress Allison Williams, wearing a custom DKNY jumpsuit. Wintour's go-to Met Gala red carpet designer Raul Àvila returned to set the Tony arrivals against a backdrop of red roses. And Nordstrom, a sponsor for the evening, set up the requisite gif-able photo booth right outside the Beacon Theater's entrance.
But perhaps the most significant sign that the fashion tables have truly turned is that a few of the night's buzziest names — Goldsberry, Tony winner Cynthia Erivo and nominee Lupita Nyong'o — actually changed looks for the after-parties. An outfit switch is basically required during Hollywood's awards season, and it seems the theater community is picking up on the fashion-friendly custom.
See the best dressed men and women from the 70th Annual Tony Awards in the gallery below, both on and off the Nordstrom-sponsored red carpet.