TheaterMania presented the 62nd annual Drama Desk Awards via online streaming this past weekend, hosted by the irrepressible Michael Urie. While the venerable Tonys is accorded the attention of sturm und drang proportions, this affair has the good taste to remain circumscribed within the New York theater community. No less laudatory to be certain, but it does afford a more intimate and consequently a familial air. The fashions therefore hew more personal to the men and women wearing them and less contrived to play up to the cameras. Here are this year’s winning styles:
Nominated as the conniving Iago in the New York Theatre Workshop production of Othello, the ever debonair Daniel Craig’s days as James Bond may or may not be nigh. But he looks international spy perfect in a navy blue suit over tone-on-tone shirt and tie. We’d place a Casino Royale’s worth wager it’s by Tom Ford.
Earning a night’s reprieve from the binding corsets of portraying the imperious Regina Giddens in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, Laura Linney (winner for Outstanding Actress in a Play) wore a sophisticated tri-colored Derek Lam dress.
Mimi Lien (winner Outstanding Set Design for a Musical, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) went elegant in a floor-length black sheath with a dramatic beaded fringe high collar by Oana Botez.
Hello Gavin Creel (winner Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical)! The actor went intellectual with an all-black turtle neck and velvet evening jacket by Malan Breton. All that was missing was a pair of rimless specs.
Andy Karl (winner for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Groundhog Day) went one level up from the sportscaster character he plays with the handsome finesse of his blue-grey suit and pink shirt.
Simon Green (winner for Outstanding Revue, Life is for Living: Conversations with Coward) was dashing in an Oswald Boateng suit and a striped Fenchurch tie by Old Town.
Returning host Michael Urie rocked his black and white Stephen F ensemble of evening jacket and bow tie with city shorts.
Basil Twist (winner Outstanding Puppet Design for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) matched a fast fashion burgundy jacket with a stately, printed silk Chinese shirt with mandarin collar and frog closures.
Kate Walsh (nominated Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for If I Forget) provided red carpet restraint while looking no less spectacular in a one shoulder, white dress. Bonus points for the parted hair falling over the side without the draping sleeve.
May Beth Peil (nominated Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Anastasia) was simplicity at its most polished in a black, boat neck top with a pleated and banded skirt in blue, slate and brass.
Images courtesy of TheaterMania – Daniel Craig/Gavin Creel/Michael Urie/Kate Walsh/Mary Beth Peil by Monica Simoes; Laura Linney/Mimi Lien/Andy Karl/Simon Green/Basil Twist by David Gordon