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The Tony Awards Are Bursting With Floral Motifs

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Bee Shaffer (left) and Anna Wintour on the 2016 Tony Awards red carpet.

The red floral backdrop on the carpet wasn't the only thing blooming.

There was nothing boring about the Tony Awards red carpet on Sunday evening. Virtually every color of the rainbow was represented at the event, which featured a backdrop of red blooms. Fashion authority Anna Wintour and her daughter, Bee Shaffer, set the tone in complementary white floral gowns.

It turns out the floral motif was trending, even though Lupita Nyong'o's sequined Hugo Boss gown wasn't actually festooned with buds. She Loves Me actress Laura Benanti's lilac and purple long-sleeve gown featured rich embellishments in the form of twisting and winding vines, leaves and blooms. And On Your Feet! star Ana Villafane's tonal hot pink and red short-sleeve confection seemed to be made of rose petals, which were scattered down the skirt.


BLOOMING DETAILS: From left: Laura Benanti, Pascale Armand and Ana Villafane on the 2016 Tony Awards red carpet. (Photos: Getty Images)

Floral-inspired 3-D embellishments also had a moment on the skirt of Tony-nominated actress Pascale Armand's reflective gown. And a symmetrical colorful display of roses and other buds came to life all down the front of producer Liza Marshall's elegant black dress.


FLOWER POWER: James Corden and Julia Carey, left, and Liza Marshall and Mark Strong on the 2016 Tony Awards red carpet. (Photos: Getty Images)

The man of the hour, Hamilton writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, brought his wife, Vanessa, who wore a white high-neck gown splattered with abstract flowers of all colors. James Corden's wife, Julia Carey, also looked cheerful in a long floral print dress with fluttery sleeves that paired beautifully with her husband's burgundy Burberry suit, selected by Wintour.

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