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Is Zendaya the new queen of vintage fashion on the red carpet?

The star is back with a series of stunning looks by Versace, Prada, Valentino and Giorgio Armani

Is Zendaya the new queen of vintage fashion on the red carpet? The star is back with a series of stunning looks by Versace, Prada, Valentino and Giorgio Armani

It seems like a lifetime ago, and yet it was only five months ago that Zendaya took the stage at the September 2022 Emmys to accept her award for Best Lead Actress. The star, who just renegotiated her contract with the producers of Euphoria from $500,000 to $1 million per episode, returned to perform in public and catch the attention of fans and photographers with a series of stunning looks, all signed by Italian brands and selected from their archives.

Guided as always by stylist Law Roach, who had anticipated her return by posting a best-of of her looks with the caption "She was gone for a minute... Are you ready?", the actress showed up at the 2023 NAACP Awards in a black and light green mermaid dress with a plunging neckline and long train from Versace Spring/Summer 2002 Couture collection, completing the sensual retro effect with a pair of black heeled pumps, rings, earrings and a bracelet by Bulgari, a brand for which Zendaya is an ambassador.

Later in the evening, Zendaya took to the stage to present the award for Best Film, wearing a second vintage look. This time, the talented 20-year-old opted for an all-white set from Prada's Spring/Summer 1993 collection, redesigned for her by Miuccia herself, which consisted of a crop top and a long skirt in silk duchesse (the outfit originally called for trousers), highlighted by star-shaped inserts. As before, she teamed the outfit with a golden tan and the new hairstyle, a full, slightly wavy bob that grazed her chin.

Is that all there is to it? No, of course it is not. Zendaya decided to give us two more gorgeous outfit changes. On Sunday night, she flew to the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Rue Bennett, and won a nomination among the best dressed of the night thanks to a romantic haute couture creation by Valentino, tailored by Pierpaolo Piccioli. It was a long gown with bustier in pink duchesse silk embellished with 190 duchesse silk and faille roses that started at the waist and multiplied until they fully blossomed at the end of the skirt. The result was a true pop diva look, elegant and luxurious with her Bulgari jewellery, tousled bob and make-up that mirrored the pink tones of the dress, from the blush on her eyelids to the gloss on her lips. The unexpected twist? The spiky, tufted lashes that drew attention to the star's magnetic gaze.

Finally, Zendaya gave us one last Armani Privé signature look. To present the statuette to Jessica Chastain for her role in George & Tammy, she wore a creation from the spring-summer collection that elegantly combined bustier, belly cut, sequins and black, pink and sky blue. It was livened up, as always, by jewellery, such as the black oval choker by Bulgari, while a pair of heels by Christian Louboutin with the signature red sole appeared on her feet.