Zendaya’s #TOMMYNOW Runway Show is Beautiful, Black, and Bold

BY NIAIA BOSTON

Paris Fashion Week received a much-needed boost of Black girl magic on Saturday when actress, singer, and model, Zendaya debuted her #TOMMYNOW collection with Tommy Hilfiger. The 70s-themed affair showcased 59 Black models of varying ages, sizes, and complexions which was essential to the multitalented star who wanted to make pieces that all of the women in her family could wear. The casting included fresh faces such as Chloe Vero, Leomie Anderson, and Winnie Harlow sashaying alongside industry icons Pat Cleveland, Veronica Webb, and Beverly Jones.

Photo by Getty Images

Photo by Getty Images

An homage to The Battle of Versailles, the 1973 fashion show which pitted 5 French designers (including Yves Saint Laurent and Hubert de Givenchy) against 5 American designers (including Stephen Burrows, Halston, and Oscar De La Renta), Zendaya x Tommy celebrated a moment that shifted the fashion industry forever. The ‘73 show included an unprecedented 10 black models and was heavily influenced by the sociopolitical climate of the time which centered around second-wave feminism, the gay liberation movement, and the Black power movement to the sounds of intoxicating disco beats.

Photo by Michel Euler

Photo by Michel Euler

Fast-forward to 2019 and fashion lovers witnessed the legendary Grace Jones shimmying down the runway for the grand finale of Tommy x Zendaya among a group of equally dynamic Black women during a current political climate of hyper-social justice awareness and body positivity. In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Zendaya stated, “We’re paying homage to these women who changed our legacy and allowed for me and so many others to be here... This is about saying we appreciate and love you.”

The collection which features beautiful burgundy hues, retro paisley prints, sporty stripes, and denim galore is currently available to shop here: USA.Tommy.com/en/Tommy-Now!