Zendaya Gives 'Chic' Meaning Again in a Checkered Louis Vuitton Mini Dress

The 'Challengers' press tour just arrived in Paris with looks to match.

Zendaya appears at Challengers Paris press wearing a checkered mini dress
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"Chic" is a word fashion editors try to avoid. It's so commonly used, it's almost lost its meaning. Only Zendaya, arriving in Paris for Challengers press, could bring back to life the French word for all things inherently stylish and elegant.

The 27-year-old actress and fashion obsessive appeared on Saturday, April 6, at Paris's Maison de l'Amérique Latine wearing a mod checkered mini dress styled by Law Roach. Unlike her previous Challengers outfits on the Sydney leg of the tour, her mini limited sporty references to a candy apple shade of green that's reminiscent of a tennis court.

Zendaya attends Challengers press in a vintage Marc jacobs for Louis Vuitton dress and pointed toe heels

Zendaya appeared on Saturday morning in a mod button-up mini dress by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.

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Zendaya wears a checkered Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton dress while doing press for Challengers

Her outfit stayed true to the runway styling, with a swept-back updo set by a white headband. She accessorized with Bulgari jewelry.

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Zendaya coordinated her thigh-high, long-sleeve coat dress with a white, bow-topped headband and pointed-toe Louboutin pumps. (Fans will see more of those shoes soon: Roach dedicated an entire Instagram video to the pile of Louboutin heels in Zendaya's dressing room.) Delicate pieces of Bulgari rounded out the look.

On Instagram, Law Roach shared behind-the-scenes video of Zendaya's photocall and also revealed the credits. Her look was pulled from Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, designed by former creative director Marc Jacobs. Zendaya's sixties styling hewed close to the way her dress appeared on the runway just over a decade ago—minus a twin model coordinating in another checkered dress.

Much of the archival runway collection, including Zendaya's look, featured oversize "Danier" checkerboard prints, recognizable from Louis Vuitton's Speedy bags and luggage. The motif's presence on the runway marked a moment of fashion history: This Vuitton runway collection was the first to abstain from printing or embellishing the iconic LV logo onto the pieces. "Instead, the Damier pattern provides the house's signature," show notes said at the time.

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Zendaya's look first appeared on the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 runway, styled with a coordinating checked bag (and a twin-like look worn by another model).

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In true Zendaya fashion, one look wasn't enough for the first day of press in Paris. A few hours later, she changed into a silky chartreuse matching set. Her second look featured cargo pockets on the blouse and hints of satin detailing on the pant legs, which she emphasized with a pair of metallic platform heels. These tennis green separates came from another Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton collection—this time, the Spring/Summer 1999 lineup. (That makes the set almost as old as Zendaya.)

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Later, Zendaya let her hair down and changed into a two-piece chartreuse set.

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On Instagram, Roach shared videos of Zendaya wearing the set before a sea of flashing cameras as well as archival video of her look heading down the runway. It was originally presented with a coordinating moto helmet and a leather bag belted at the waist on the catwalk.

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Zendaya started the Challengers press tour with outfits that took "method dressing," or red carpet dressing that references her character's wardrobe, literally. She arrived at the Sydney premiere in a sequined Loewe tennis dress with the trompe-l'œil effect of a player's shadow serving the ball; later on her stop down under, she wore a deconstructed Lacoste sports bra and tennis net skirt. She's also appeared at professional matches and press conferences in casual tenniscore outfits by sportswear brands like K-Way, and luxury hoodies from the likes of Louis Vuitton.

Two fresh looks in Paris show the Challengers tennis aesthetic has more range than pleated skirts and polos. Fans are just seeing the start.

This post has been updated with additional outfit credits and details.

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.