People.com Lifestyle Style The Showstopping Looks of the 2016 Tony Awards It's all about the theater at Broadway's biggest night – but the style is pretty fabulous too By Alex Apatoff Alex Apatoff Instagram Twitter Alex Apatoff is the Executive Editor of PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for more than a decade, holding various roles on the Style and Beauty team before becoming the site's Lifestyle Director to coordinate the work across the commerce, evergreen, features and marketing teams. Prior to her role at PEOPLE, Alex worked at Us Weekly (where, among other things, she oversaw the Fashion Police pages) and graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 7, 2016 07:46 PM Share Tweet Pin Email 01 of 35 LUPITA NYONG'O Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The best actress nominee for Eclipsed is totally on trend in her off-the-shoulder abstract floral custom Boss gown and delicate Tiffany & Co. jewels. 02 of 35 CATE BLANCHETT Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Even when she's just there for fun, Cate doesn't do the red carpet halfway: She wears a patchwork Louis Vuitton number with dazzling chandeliers and black heels. 03 of 35 CLAIRE DANES Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty No one does minimalism better than Claire, and no dress proves it better than this bias-cut shimmering Narciso Rodriguez gown and Eva Fehren jewelry. 04 of 35 MICHELLE WILLIAMS Larry Busacca/Getty The nominee for Blackbird wears a stark white ruched Louis Vuitton gown with black straps and accessories, plus a deep maroon lip. 05 of 35 ROSE BYRNE Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Accompanied by her boyfriend (and father of four-month-old Rocco), a Rag & Bone-clad Bobby Cannavale, the star selects a slinky black Thakoon dress with red paillette detailing at the trim, plus strappy black Stuart Weitzman heels and Ara Vartanian jewelry. 06 of 35 SAOIRSE RONAN Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The actress, who starred in the nominated Crucible, selects a blush Stella McCartney gown with a train and tiny ab cutout, plus slender Jennifer Fisher earrings for the Fiji-sponsored show. 07 of 35 LUCY LIU Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The star is a pastel princess in her plunging halter Zuhair Murad Couture ballgown, rendered in light lemon meringue and covered in floral appliqués, plus Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. 08 of 35 UZO ADUBA Larry Busacca/Getty Looking gorgeous in a color that isn't orange or the old orange (black), the star rocks a cobalt halter peplum with a front slit, plus gunmetal sandals. 09 of 35 KERI RUSSELL Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty To toast the nominated musical version of her film Waitress, the actress wears a celebratory (those bows! That neckline! Those sequins!) deep crimson Monique Lhuillier gown, plus Jacob & Co. jewelry with an Emm Kuo clutch and Giuseppe Zanotti Design heels. 10 of 35 LAURA BENANTI Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty A best actress in a musical nominee for She Loves Me, the star wears an orchid-and-violet vine-embroidered long-sleeve Oscar de la Renta gown, plus Eva Fehren jewelry, a shiny black clutch and silver heels. 11 of 35 DANIELLE BROOKS Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The best featured actress nominee for The Color Purple opts for one of the night's hottest trends – off-the-shoulder styling – in her rich midnight blue keyhole-cutout gown. 12 of 35 ALLISON WILLIAMS Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The Girls star steps out in a sleek custom DKNY jumpsuit with wide lapels, plus a textured dark gray clutch by the brand with a built-in hand strap and Jennifer Meyer jewelry. 13 of 35 MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The star brings the sartorial fireworks in her rainbow sequin Zuhair Murad Couture ballgown with a deep wine lip, Edie Parker clutch and sparkling Atelier Swarovski jewelry. 14 of 35 JOURDAN DUNN Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The supermodel represents the style contingent in a dusty rose dress with draped train lined in contrasting ivory, plus sparkling Lorraine Schwartz diamonds at her ears and neck. 15 of 35 DANAI GURIRA Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The Walking Dead star – who wrote Eclipsed, nominated for best play – looks like a winner in her marigold Rosie Assoulin dress, accessorized with Fred Leighton jewels, a purple clutch and lip. 16 of 35 JANE KRAKOWSKI Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star (and nominee for She Loves Me) brings the heat in her plunging Michael Kors Collection gown featuring red lace overlaid over shimmery nude fabric, plus Fred Leighton jewelry and a sleek bob. 17 of 35 SARA BAREILLES Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Fresh off her stint as Ariel, the singer/songwriter (whose musical Waitress is nominated) seems to still have some mermaid vibes left, thanks to her shimmery Gomez-Gracia gown and braided, wavy hair. 18 of 35 PHILLIPA SOO Larry Busacca/Getty The Hamilton star (and nominee!) wears the night's big shoulder-cutout trend as part of her ethereal textured white Prabal Gurung gown with front slit, plus strappy black heels and long dangling Monique Péan earrings. 19 of 35 JOAN SMALLS Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The star model selects a handkerchief-motif sparkling and shining Altuzarra gown with a deep-side-part updo and delicate dangling Monique Péan earrings. 20 of 35 The Finished Product! Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Here's how you know Megan Hilty is a fabulous actress: She's fighting jet lag (she just got off a plane from Australia three hours before) and she's got nomination nerves (she was up for best featured actress in a play for Noises Off) – but she looks stunning and totally serene. Check out the photos to see what went into getting her looking this glamorous in her Matthew Christopher dress and Tiffany & Co. jewelry. 21 of 35 ADRIENNE WARREN Kevin Mazur/Getty She hoofs it in Shuffle Along (for which she's nominated), so her flapper-inspired champagne-hued fringe gown seems very appropriate. 22 of 35 BETH BEHRS Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The 2 Broke Girls star picks a pretty netted bordeaux Marchesa Notte gown with silver heels, plus Hearts on Fire jewelry. 23 of 35 CYNTHIA ERIVO Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic The best actress nominee for The Color Purple picks a bombshell lace-and-print ruffled number, plus shining ear cuffs. 24 of 35 ANA VILLAFAÑE Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The star of On Your Feet makes a major entrance in her embroidered fuchsia Carolina Herrera gown. 25 of 35 JESSICA LANGE Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The star shimmers in a deep blue satin J. Mendel gown with a draped front detail revealing a pleated skirt, plus Lorraine Schwartz earrings. 26 of 35 JESSIE MUELLER Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The best actress nominee for Waitress wears a floaty sunshine-yellow romper with a tulle skirt by Christian Siriano - plus a cheeky clutch that nods to her show. 27 of 35 KAROLINA KURKOVA Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The model wears a high-slit black halter gown under a gold-and-black leather jacket, topped with Erickson Beamon brooches and Melissa Kaye jewelry. 28 of 35 BUSY PHILIPPS Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Michelle Williams' favorite (and most glam) plus-one supports her bestie in a graphic pink-and-white floral Ingie Paris gown and whimsical clutch that matches her mixed-stone Irene Neuwirth earrings. 29 of 35 GLORIA ESTEFAN Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The musical On Your Feet! is based on her life as a performer - so it's only natural she picks a “Conga”-worthy red satin number with structured corset, plus major earrings. 30 of 35 GLENN CLOSE Kevin Mazur/Getty The actress wears a deep red Paule Ka dress with a pink origami bow at the waist, plus glittering matching bracelets and earrings. 31 of 35 CARMEN CUSACK Kevin Mazur/Getty The nominee for Bright Star (who documented her opening night for us!) wears a mixed-print indigo spaghetti strap gown with strappy black heels. 32 of 35 ANNA WINTOUR Charles Sykes/Invision/AP The Vogue editor in chief, who has been on a mission to improve the red carpet style at the Tonys, does her part in an elegant navy-and-coral floral column gown, plus her favored collar gemstone necklace and giant shades. 33 of 35 BARBRA STREISAND Kevin Mazur/Getty The diva went fully on-theme for the night, choosing a Hamilton-inspired outfit with frilled collar and cuffs. 34 of 35 MEG RYAN Evan Agostini/Invision/AP The actress introduced She Loves Me (which is based on the same story as You've Got Mail) in a pale peach Blumarine dress with glittering bodice and illusion sleeves. 35 of 35 RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY Andrew H. Walker/REX/Shutterstock The Hamilton star accepted her best featured actress award in a butter-yellow Oscar de la Renta gown with black floral design, plus dangling chandelier earrings.