High Fashion and Jewelry at the 2015 Tony Awards

Helen Mirren at the 2015 Tony Awards
Dame Helen Mirren Wearing Fred Leighton Jewels at the 2015 Tony Awards. Photo Courtesy of SeattleTimes.com

Critics agree: Broadway’s annual Tony Awards show has never been considered particularly Red Carpet-worthy. Until Sunday night, June 7, that is. In an attempt to inject much-needed glamour to the Great White Way awards, the Tony committee this year called upon Anna Wintour of Vogue, who happens to be a passionate theater-goer. She in turn tapped her marquee-name designer pals and persuaded them, for the first time, to lend their runway designs to the Tony Awards presenters and nominees. The difference was dazzling.

And what about jewelry at the 2015 Tony Awards? Well, where couture dresses dare to tread high jewelry usually follows. As if bowing to the Broadway debut of the big-name gowns, however, participating stylists kept their jewelry choices somewhat subdued. Few statement necklaces or matching suites of designer jewels were in evidence, but what did make it to the carpet was of the highest caliber and in the best of taste.

Here are a few OBJ Best Dressed/Best Jewelry nominations from the 69th Annual Tony Awards in New York:

Dame Helen Mirren won her first Tony, capturing Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience.”  Mirren’s dress is by Badgley Mischka, her jewelry is from Fred Leighton.

Kristen Chenowith wearing Zac Posen Couture and Eva Fehren Diamonds at the 2015 Tony Awards
Actress Kristin Chenoweth attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Designer Zac Posen had a big night, dressing Tony Awards co-host Kristen Chenoweth and presenter Bernadette Peters, among others. Peters’ earrings are multi-colored gemstone drops by David Webb.

Zac Posen, Bernadette Peters, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Chlumski and Debra Messing at the 2015 Tony Awards

Jennifer Lopez debuted an elegant new look: a simple pageboy hairdo, a Valentino Haute Couture ball gown, and Harry Winston jewels.

Anna Chlumsky, of “You Can’t Take It With You,” chose diamond pagoda-style earrings with her wine and black leather Sophie Theallet design. She presented with Debra Messing, who wore a similar dress.

Model Bella Hadid at the 2015 Tony Awards
Bella Hadid in Chopard Jewelry. Photo Courtesy of observer.com

Model-of-the-moment Bella Hadid wore Chopard diamond earrings with her black and white sheath.

Chita Rivera at the 2015 Tonys
Chita Rivera on the 2015 Tony’s Red Carpet.
Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

Broadway legend Chita Rivera sizzled in red on the Red Carpet – with diamonds, of course. Later, she performed a song and dance number from “The Visit.”

Actress Ruth Wilson at the 2015 Tony Awards
Actress Ruth Wilson attends the 2015 Tony Awards
at Radio City Music Hall
Photo courtesy of Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
for Tony Awards Productions

Ruth Wilson, of the production “Skylight,” arrived in a Ralph Lauren Collection dress and diamond earrings.

Patina Miller in Fred Leighton jewels at the 2015 Tony Awards
Patina Miller at 2015 Tony Awards Gala at The Plaza Hotel
Photo courtesy of Jemal Countess/Getty Images
for Tony Awards Productions.

Patina Miller posed in a glittering Jason Wu T-shirt dress and vintage Fred Leighton jewels.

In another first, a Tony Awards preshow was live-streamed on CBS.com and TonyAwards.com on June 7, co-hosted by actors Darren Criss and Sierra Boggess. Refreshingly, not all Red Carpet walkers were asked, “Who are you wearing?” Instead, the interviewers concentrated on the actors’ Broadway credentials.

Sierra Boggess in Emeralds interviewing Randi Zuckerberg
Sierra Boggess wore one of the few statement pieces of the evening
– a magnificent multi-strand emerald necklace. Photo by TonyAwards.com

It was interesting to note how many working actors had gathered for the 10 a.m. Tony Awards show rehearsal, left to perform in their respective Sunday matinees, and then returned at 6-ish to walk the Red Carpet and perform or present at the live Tony Awards show that night. Hard-working actors indeed!


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