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Tony Fashion: Broadway goes glam on the red carpet — thanks to Anna Wintour — but the results are mixed


Tony Awards 2015 Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming and Tommy Tune
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Tony Awards 2015 Helen Mirren
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Tony Awards 2015 Kendall Jenner and Italo Zucchelli
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Tony Awards 2015 Joe Manganiello
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Tony Awards 2015 Carey Mulligan
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Tony Awards 2015 Jim Parsons and Taylor Schilling
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Tony Awards 2015 Kristin Chenoweth
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Tony Awards 2015 Larry David
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Tony Awards 2015 Jennifer Lopez
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Tony Awards 2015 Sting
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Tony Awards 2015 Ruthie Ann Miles
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Tony Awards 2015 Anna Wintour
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Tony Awards 2015 hosts Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming
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Tony Awards 2015 Bradley Cooper
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Tony Awards 2015 Ruth Wilson
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Tony Awards 2015 Kelli O'Hara
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Tony Awards 2015 Patricia Clarkson
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Tony Awards 2015 Annaleigh Ashford
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From a fashion perspective, the Tony Awards lags far behind the more glamorous Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys. But this year the gap was narrowed a bit as Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour got involved.

An avid theatergoer, Wintour attended last year's Tonys and was appalled at what she saw. "Let me tell you, it was a disaster,” she told fashion critic Suzy Menkes. “How many mermaid fishtail strapless sequin gowns can we see?”

American Theatre Wing chairman William Ivey Long coaxed Wintour to offer advice to this year's nominees and the powerhouse PR firm, KCD, enlisted several of the top fashion houses it represents to lend out designer clothing for the big evening.

The result:  A red carpet that had considerably more sizzle than previous Tony gatherings even if it still seemed a little dull.

Here are the some of the looks. You be the judge.

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Hosts Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming hug Houston native Tommy Tune as he accepts a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards. Chenoweth and Cumming made numerous costume changes during the show.

Tune accepted his award wearing sunglasses, perhaps in tribute to Wintour, who almost always wears dark shades inside.

Helen Mirren normally looks so sexy, but not this time. Her Badgley Mischka floor-length white gown with sheer lacy sleeves had the aura of a dowdy bride. Mirren won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience.

Kendall Jenner looked pretty in a pink Calvin Klein mini-dress that seemed way too cocktail casual for such a fancy affair. Wonder what she was doing at the Tonys, anyway? Jenner towered over Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa.

Joe Manganiello would look good in just about anything, but this classic tux fits him to a tee.

Carey Mulligan looked elegant in a strapless maroon gown by Balenciaga. She was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for Skylight.

It's no illusion that this duo looked good while presenting at the Tony's. Houston's own Jim Parsons, who is now playing God on Broadway, was debonair in a classic tux while Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling showed a hint of skin in a black long sleeve illusion gown from Michael Kors' Resort 2016Collection.

Kristin Chenoweth was red-carpet ready in a silver art deco gown designed by Zac Posen.

Larry David did his best Johnny Cash imitation, subbing sneakers for boots, in an all-black look.

Jennifer Lopez went the glamour route in a Valentino gown. We kind of like her better in sequins and skin.

Sting, who wrote the music and lyrics for the musical The Last Ship, resembled a ship's captain who had been at sea too long.

Ruthie Ann Miles, accepting the award for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for The King and I, drew more attention for reading her speech from her iPhone than her red gown.

Anna Wintour, who spearheaded a more fashion-driven Tony Awards, walked the red carpet in a silver gown, but it seems no one asked her to name the designer.

 Alan Cumming wore the biggest gown of the evening when he and Kristin Chenoweth emulated the stars of The King and I.

We threw in this photo of Bradley Cooper for a little eye candy. He was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for The Elephant Man.

Ruth Wilson, nominated for Best Leading Actress in a Play for Constellations, wore a bright magenta Ralph Lauren Collection gown.

Kelli O'Hara accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for The King and I  in a gold Oscar de la Renta gown.

Patricia Clarkson, nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Elephant Man," went sleeveless in a black Alexander McQueen gown with a pattern of deep red roses. 

Annaleigh Ashford, who won Best Featured Actress in a Play for You Can't Take It With You, was in love with her bright green Zac Posen gown. "I got lucky that my dress had pockets. It's the best," she told New York magazine.

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