This has taken me two days, because narrowing down my top ten looks from Zendaya Coleman is not easy feat.
I almost gave up entirely, because I haven’t worked this hard my university exams, but it would be a crime not to pay homage to one of the most inspirational women to grace the red carpet, who – at the tender age of 23 – already has more hits on the red carpet than some people twice her age.
She is a fashion force to be reckoned with.
I remember back in 2017, some people claimed her style to be overcooked.
Do you still share that same sentiment?
Once again I couldn’t figure out an order, so the only place to start was with her most iconic look in my eyes, her butterfly dress from Moschino.
I’ve said many times that I feel that this was her coming of age look.
A butterfly has always been a major symbol of transition. Some will say that her official transition came at the 2019 Met Gala, but others will point to this moment.
Everyone knows Zendaya is a queen, and it looks like she took that descriptor literally by embracing the evening’s theme, ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,’ donning the armor of one of Catholicism’s most famed icons: Saint Joan of Arc.
Her custom metallic Atelier Versace gown features an armored neck-and-shoulder piece, sparkling chainmail, a spiked belt, and a modest train.
Zendaya also adopted a cropped wig in the style of The Maid of Orléans’ famous bob.
Third look in and I’m still on the Met Gala path. That’s because this by this point Zendaya was somewhat of a veteran at this event. Not in terms of age, but in terms of living up to the theme and the moment.
Some might argue that on this occasion her Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda ball gown covered in a tropical parrot print with vivid shades of tangerine, lemon yellow, and blue strayed from the avant-garde Comme des Garçons theme, it enlivened the red carpet with a fanciful glamour, yet the afro hair seemed to pay homage to Rei Kawakubo at the very least.
Right around the time when Disney were shopping for their latest princess ‘Ariel’ for the film adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Zendaya seemed to be placing her hat in the ring for the part of the lead actress with her newly dyed tresses and bustier gown by Vera Wang.
The Emmys are a jammed packed red carpet filled with both TV and movie star actresses, so it is kinda hard to stand out.
Zendaya had no such issues.
There were mixed reviews about this Tom Ford look, mostly because some felt the skirt felt too basic for the bustier, yet this still remains an iconic look for me.
I think this was one of Zendaya’s best looks of 2019. Simple elegance at it very finest from Mônot. I hope she continues to spotlight more up-and-coming designers in the future.
Zendaya’s BEST look of 2019 was this tangy Carolina Herrera Resort 2020 dress. It could’ve come off too contrived with the headband, and oversized pearl earrings, but it only added to the overall charm.
Zendaya had more than on promo tour for Spider-Man, and several looks, but this black and red Armani Prive look was by far her best in my eyes.
There are not many of us who can picture this Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2019 suit in its entirely working on anyone else without looking costumey.
That’s the magic and brilliance of Zendaya.
This Stella Jean look still gives me chills.
It’s oozing a cool, effortless, modern vibe, mixing prints that don’t belong, yet marry in a way that makes you want to reassess those “fashion rules.”
I realize that I didn’t get much passed 2015, and that Zendaya had many more great moments including her Elie Saab Haute Couture gown from The London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, the Front Row look at Armani Prive, her Vivienne Westwood gown from the 2015 Oscars, her Fausto Puglisi dress from the 2015 Met Gala, her Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown from the InStyle Awards, the Tiffany blue Dice Kayek Couture dress from the Tiffany & Co. Paper Flowers Event And Believe In Dreams Campaign Launch, her dual colour Viktor & Rolf tulle gown from ‘The Greatest Showman’ World Premiere and the Marc Jacobs feather dress from the Áme Jewelry Launch Event – to name a few – but I was determined to get keep this at a max of 10 looks.
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