The Schiaparelli couture show is always a moment. And while no one needs to reflect on that Kylie Jenner faux taxidermy look any longer, it has dictated the level of drama one expects from creative director Daniel Roseberry’s guests. Taking up the mantle this season? Zendaya, who was last spotted at fashion week on the front row at Louis Vuitton but has parked her ambassadorships (she’s also a Bulgari girl) to engage in the haute fantasy of Schiaparelli’s world.

In no uncertain terms, Zendaya and her image architect, Law Roach, killed it. The actor, who is experimenting with a new angular fringe and poker-straight hairstyle, wore a black polo with hidden inner corsetry to give her a snatched hourglass silhouette and a ruched satin skirt with a dramatic train to fan over the red carpet. As she posed on the stairs leading up to the grand Place Vendôme, the look was giving Met Gala levels of drama. If this is a precursor to the Dune 2 promo tour, Timothée Chalamet will have to commission a lot of halter-necks and harnesses to keep up with his leading lady.

New-look Zendaya!

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The kick-off show to the couture spring/summer 2024 season was also a reunion of sorts for Zendaya and her Euphoria castmate Hunter Schafer, who almost single-handedly restored our faith in red-carpet wear after the SAG-AFTRA strike. On the Hunger Games promo tour, she was resplendent in McQueen, directional in painterly Schiaparelli and a true fashion girl in custom Prada, as her stylist Dara said the pair hoped to lead by example and “encourage others to play”.

Her horsetail train in action on the stairs of the Place Vendôme.

Her horse-tail train in action on the stairs of the Place Vendôme.

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