Zendaya’s wardrobe is quite possibly the most coveted of all time — from the sheer quantity of luxury designer labels, to the vibrant colour palettes and daring silhouettes. And though her red carpet ready looks almost always strut into our Looks of the Week segments, today we are feeling a little bit nostalgic. To commemorate that fact, we are delving deep into the actress’ wardrobe archives, and reminiscing in the fashion history which created a true style mogul.
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We dig into the stars archives to round-up some of our favourite featured outfits.
Basking in Balmain and Bvlgari
It would be rude to start this breakdown without honing in on one of our personal favourites. Let’s be honest, whenever there is a premiere involving Zendaya — all eyes are on what she’ll be wearing, as opposed to the big screen. The actress and her loyal stylist Law Roach always somehow manage to translate the featured picture into every stitch of fabric, adding a whole new dimension to the look. Demonstrating this at the Dune premiere at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, Zendaya wears the wet-look Balmain ball gown, paired with a Bvlgari emerald green necklace and ring. While the desert tones of the dress pay homage to the sandy land of Arrakis, the jewels offset the look, emanating the luxury her character seeks.
Valentino at the Oscars
Stepping away from the neutrals, we look back to the vibrant Valentino piece which graced the red carpet at the 2021 Oscars. The strapless gown lends the perfect stage to yet another stunning diamond-dripped neckpiece by Bvlgari. Keeping all the drama from the bust up, the daffodil gown offers simplicity with an elegant flair, as it cuts away at the waist area, scooping just above Zendaya’s belly button. The effect is both subtle yet breathtaking as the design perfectly carves Zendaya’s silhouette to contrast the flowing bottom of the dress. Styled with warm hues of bronze and peach across the lids and cheeks, the actress’s slightly tousled locks emanate the effortless elegance of the entire look.
Suspended by Giorgio Armani
As a multifaceted talent, Zendaya does not only commit to floor-length gowns and red-carpet glamour. During the Spider-Man: Far From Home press tour in London, Zendaya turned to the suits of Giorgio Amarni to dress herself in work-appropriate attire. Styling an off-grey two piece with leather adorned suspenders, she serves business chic in the outfit hacked from the Giorgio Armani Resort 2020 RTW Collection. Though providing some fashion inspo for our next trip to the office, we might have to forfeit the five inch Casadei heels. We salute you, Zendaya.
A wig counts as wardrobe, right? Or at least it really should — because the candy-floss hairpiece that transformed Zendaya into Anne Wheeler in The Greatest Showman really is a whole moment of its own. Though teamed with glittery violent leotards and golden boots on set, Zendaya shared this snapshot with the wig backstage, which gave us Hollywood glamour with a candy-hued twist.
It has been five whole years, and we still can’t stop thinking about this Dolce and Gabbana gown. When it comes to the Met Gala, you either go big or go home — and let’s just say in 2017, there was only one option for Zendaya. Styled in the Alta Moda ball gown printed with a tropical parrot pattern, Zendaya’s look arrested her audience — and not just because it strayed from the avant-garde theme. With hair tousled into a long afro, Zendaya balances the dynamic of the lengthy train, with the dresses tangerine and lemon shades are perfectly complimented with a coral lip.
Colour-blocking is quickly becoming one of the hottest trends of the year so far. Little did we know, of course, that Zendaya had already teamed with her stylist to spread the memo at the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Awards. The dress offered a completely unique setting, with a scooped bandeau neck interrupted by a silky plum strap. Cut at the side with an extreme thigh-slit, the blocking of plum with sunflower yellow showcased the depth and dimension of the Ralph & Russo piece. The use of complimentary colours would go on to inspire the looks of our favourite stars — as seen on the likes of Dua Lipa, who wore a custom Vivienne Westwood yellow and purple number to the 2021 Brit awards.