Broadway’s bright neon lights and magic in the air were more palpable than ever last week during the 73rd Tony Awards, when some of the stage and screen’s biggest stars celebrated the 2018-2019 season’s standout accomplishments in theater. Some even went straight from their own performances to the red carpet at Radio City Music Hall, which featured a backdrop constructed of 22,000 roses that nodded to the rainbow stripes of the Gay Pride flag. There was speculation that a number of celebrities would opt for rainbow-themed looks to acknowledge Pride Month, but those references turned out to be fairly limited. Top luxury brands and custom haute couture were on display; Michael Kors wore a rainbow-logoed tee, wore colorful sparkling Christian Louboutin ankle boots, and Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Schaffer Carrozzini carried a jeweled rainbow clutch.
Radiant in red, pretty in pink
Rainbows notwithstanding, color was still a key theme on the 2019 Tony Awards red carpet, as many attendees opted for bold hues and lively prints. The award for most-worn colors of the evening went to red and pink, which makes total sense when you consider that these colors represent love and passion—two necessary ingredients for success in any creative pursuit. For Billy Porter, the color combination also alluded to support for women’s rights. The POSE and Kinky Boots star worked with Celestino Couture to create a show-stopping flared red and pink tuxedo gown using the curtains from Kinky Boots (for which he won his own Tony Award in 2013). Ain’t Too Proud writer, Dominique Morisseau also dazzled in an iridescent red and fuchsia sequined gown with a thigh-high split. Even if you’re not prepping to walk a red carpet, you can still wear clothes and accessories that combine red and pink, like MSGM dresses, Stella McCartney shoes, or Marni bags.
Among those who chose to wear pink or red instead of both, recent Oscar Award winner Regina King looked radiant in her ruched bubblegum pink Prada gown, and Laura Osnes brought back old Hollywood glamour in a chiffon-ruffled, carnation gown. Influencer Courtney Quinn’s peachy pink satin confection looked like a flirty, flared flower. A high-neck cape overlay added drama to Ruth Wilson’s Brandon Maxwell red gown. Plus, it had pockets! Shoshana Bean’s sleek boat-neck dress made a succinct statement, and “Hadestown” creator, Anaïs Mitchell, wore a red tie-neck dress that made a vibrant reference to the underworldly theme of her show.
Craft your own “tony” ensemble with Italist’s top luxury brands
Dresses and matching sets from designers like Valentino, Balmain and Golden Goose make it easy to create single-color looks, but mixing the pieces (like red blazers, pink skirts and colored jeans) will make getting dressed more fun. For example, wear a pink double-breasted blazer over red trousers, or a red t-shirt with pink jeans. The colors complement each other so well that your options are virtually endless.
No matter what red carpet-inspired look puts a song in your heart, give it your own personal flair. Check out Italist’s collection of rainbow clothes and shoes from Michael Kors, Christian Louboutin and more to craft an award-worthy statement.
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By: Nafeesa Saboor
Nafeesa is the founder and editor of Shoes N Booze, a blog that pairs shoes with cocktails and provides shoe and cocktail-related tips, trend information and reviews. Her writing has also been published in The Source Magazine, xoJane, Sisters from AARP and other publications.