Zendaya Serves Two Tennis Looks to Kick Off Her 'Challengers' Fashion Tour

The actress wore a custom, tennis-inspired Loewe gown and a preppy off-duty look.

Zendaya wears custom Loewe to 'Challengers' premiere
Zendaya wears custom Loewe with a tennis-player print to 'Challengers' premiere.
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Zendaya always commits to the role, on the screen and on the red carpet. Next month, she'll star in the new Luca Guadagnino tennis movie Challengers, and she's already doubling down on fashion choices that channel the film.

Last night, the actress wore a green, glittering custom Loewe gown to the Challengers premiere in Sydney, Australia, complete with matching pointed-toe heels and diamond dangle earrings. She was dressed by her long-time stylist Law Roach, who presumably enlisted Loewe for a special reason: The house's creative director, Jonathan Anderson, also designed the costumes for Challengers.

Zendaya wears custom Loewe to 'Challengers' premiere

Zendaya makes a subtle nod to tennis style in custom Loewe at the 'Challengers' premiere in Sydney.

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At first glance, the dress looks to have an abstract black spray-paint design. Upon closer inspection, the splatter is shaped like a tennis player's silhouette, getting ready to serve. In one hand, the shadow holds a racket. The other is throwing a tennis ball in the air, which lands somewhere around Zendaya's ribcage in the form of a black, green, and silver sparkling orb.

Zendaya attends 'Challengers' premiere with co-stars Mike Faist and Josh O'Connor

Zendaya hits the 'Challengers' red carpet with co-stars Mike Faist and Josh O'Connor.

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Roach often dresses Zendaya in Loewe. The Spanish "cool girl" upper-mid-range luxury brand is perfect for the people's princess of fashion. The premiere gown's long lines, plunging neck, and dramatic leg slit are also classic Zendaya calling cards.

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A closer look at Zendaya's custom Loewe gown, which included a thigh-high slit and a deep-V neckline.

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Zendaya on the challengers australia premiere red carpet in a glittering loewe gown

Zendaya even coordinated her glam to her dress, wearing a shimmering green eyeliner and eyeshadow. She also went honey blonde for the premiere, with a curled up-do.

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Before she hit the carpet, Roach styled Zendaya in a relaxed, preppy, tennis-inspired get-up to do press. She wore striped blue-and-white shorts and a loose, half-tucked-in blue button down from Elisabetta Franchi. The star dressed up the look with Bulgari jewelry and bright white Christian Louboutin stiletto heels.

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"Dressing the part" is a familiar strategy for Roach and Zendaya. As recent as last month, the duo adapted Zendaya's style to fit a sci-fi mold, as the actress promoted Dune: Part Two wearing vintage Mugler à la C-3PO and a futuristic, sculptural Alaïa number.

It's not just this pair who goes all-in with cinematic references on the red carpet: The method dressing trend really hit its peak last summer with Margot Robbie wearing strictly girly pink for the Barbie movie.


Julia Gray is an entertainment, style, and culture writer with words in the Washington Post, the Ringer, the Wall Street Journal, Vulture, Pitchfork, and more.