Zendaya Coleman Style Double Shot at the 2014 BET Awards

Posted on June 30, 2014

If we found ourselves in attendance at the Pre-BET Awards Dinner and saw Miss Zendaya in attendance dressed like this:

Zendaya-Coleman-2014-BET-Awards-Peter-Pilotto-Emanuel-Ungaro-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Zendaya Coleman attends the Pre-BET Awards Dinner at Milk Studios in Hollywood, California in a Peter Pilotto wrap dress paired with Christian Louboutin red pumps.

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Zendaya-Coleman-2014-BET-Awards-Peter-Pilotto-Emanuel-Ungaro-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Peter Pilotto Spring 2014 Collection

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We’d be all “Well! Looks like someone’s bringing her A game!”  She looks cute and fresh and stylish, even if the hem bugs and nothing seems to quite match. If nothing else, she’s serving up world class brow and killer hoops. It’s a cute look. We would have no reason to believe she’d do anything to screw it up later. But oh, would we be wrong, darlings. She not only screwed it up, she ditched it entirely for THIS:


Zendaya-Coleman-2014-BET-Awards-Peter-Pilotto-Emanuel-Ungaro-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (7)Zendaya Coleman attends the 2014 BET Awards held at the The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California in an Emanuel Ungaro ensemble.

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Zendaya-Coleman-2014-BET-Awards-Peter-Pilotto-Emanuel-Ungaro-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (9)Emanuel Ungaro Resort 2014 Collection

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Look, we get it. She’s trying for some sort of B Girl/High Fashion blend, but it’s just not working at all. The skirt’s plain ugly and the bra is distracting in an outfit that’s already got way too much going on. Add the braids and the cap and the hoops and the stripper shoes and you’re looking at a right mess. It’s hard to believe that these outfits were chosen by the same person. We’d have kept the jacket, put it over a strapless black sheath with a slit to the thigh, given her an up ‘do, and kept everything else. Yes, even the cap, hoops and stripper shoes. We don’t mind the aesthetic and if she wants to go that route, we’re all for it. It’s the BET Awards, after all. Where else can a gal hit the red carpet working a B Girl look? We just don’t like that it’s interpreted in a less-than-fabulous fashion.




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  • RussellH88

    The first look is great (Makes her waist look itty bitty, which made me do a double take).

    But that second look is awful.

    • livesarah

      The first looks like it’s constricting her upper half- great dress, but does she really have a disproportionately small torso? It’s a real bobble head look. The second look cannot be redeemed.

  • Thomas

    That second look reminds me of a Tina Knowles creation.

    • TinyDynamo


    • ballerinawithagun

      I can’t believe that is Ungaro, even in the 80s he didn’t do anything this horrible!

      • Victor Beiramar Diniz

        you of course forget the (thank the deities) brief period when LiLo designed for Ungaro…

  • If ever there were a time for a leather pencil skirt, it’s that second look. If she was going to do an upscale version of B-Girl style, I’m sure she could have found a solid black hat with a great texture like croc or snakeskin. Crop tops and bandeaus will never be upscale. Perhaps one could be worked into a high-low look, but it would have to be the sole low element. Too much here. I agree that her hair should be up.

    The first look is terribly cute and appropriate, though I prefer the look with the aqua shoes. Those hoops are killer (and make it seem like she has a sense of humor.)

  • TinyDynamo

    The first look is so great! The second physically hurts to look at. It’s a hot mess.

  • J.W.

    The only thing I noticed is that she is really skinny and her hair needs a trim.

  • @Biting Panda

    I LOVE the first look. I’d give anything to be able to make the TLo suggested switch of a plain, black, skirt in place of that conference hall tablecloth.
    I like this young lady. She’s got a genuine sense of style and you can tell she has a lot of input into her looks. I saw her on FP and she was a delight.
    It seems she’s dropped (been pushed) out of the Aliyah biopic, and that’s a shame. I feel she has her same essence and would have done the late singer proud.

    • MilaXX

      I wasn’t feeling her as Aaliyah. I don’t have a problem with her as a performer. She’s got nice energy and sass. I just didn’t see Aaliyah when I saw her, no matter how much she dressed up like her.

      • @Biting Panda

        Fair enough. : )

    • alyce1213

      I was impressed with her on FP as well. She gave thoughtful, much less stupid (parroted) comments than just about anyone else I’ve seen on the show. She seems like a nice girl.

      • @Biting Panda

        And she really sweetly always tried to offer a positive note, even in her criticisms. She wasn’t a brat. coughKellycough.

    • What’s FP?

      • Jarethee

        I had to look it up too. I think they’re talking about Fashion Police?

    • Tina M.

      I think she dropped out amidst swirling rumors that Aaliyah’s family was not supportive of the project. I think it was a classy move, especially since I kinda sorta thought she was miscast… and now I can go on liking her!

      • SRQkitten

        I’d heard they weren’t thrilled with the idea of a lifetime movie [something long time BKs who’ve seen what lifetime has done to PR can understand]. And agreed, her dropping out when she heard about family lack of enthusiasm shows class….unlike lifetime.

  • sugarkane105

    I actually really dislike both outfits. But the girl’s got face, and I wish I could rock some hoop earrings like that.

    • kimmeister

      I’m curious as to the rationale between varying hoop sizes. The ones in the first look are about 4″ in diameter, while the 2nd ones are maybe 2.5.” What made her and her styling team say, “she clearly can’t wear the first hoops with the second look, we have to swap them out for ones that are basically the same, just smaller”?

      • Constant Reader

        I was wondering the same thing, actually. It’s not like the second look is more demure.

        • unbornfawn

          I would have put the big hoops with the second look and the small hoops with the first look.

  • marlie

    I love everything about the first look. I think she looks fabulous, and I’m really in love with her makeup. That second look is… unfortunate. I think it’s the ruffle on the skirt that pushes me over the edge. I’d still hate it all, but it would be so much better (well, less bad) without that ruffle.

    • Sarah

      Yes. And really, in an athletic-wear inspired look with sporty stripe details, there is no room for ruffles. I dig track jackets, though – not mad at that.

  • NMMagpie

    Let’s focus on the positives: at least she did not choose thigh-high suede boots for that second look.

    • Sarah

      Haha that’s like saying “Well it’s a good thing there was no thermonuclear war today, at least.”

      • demidaemon

        Pretty muc. Although I am laughing at the example you chose.

        • Sarah

          I’m reading a book about that, and I just watched Oblivion last night, so I guess I have Nuclear War on the brain. Which describes the whole decade of the 80’s pretty well, now that I think on it.

          • decormaven

            Time to watch War Games. “Would you like to play a game?”

          • demidaemon

            Very true.

  • Lilah

    Is Lindsay Lohan still designing for Emanuel Ungaro? Cause that’s what it looks like.

  • Sara__B

    I enjoy this 17-year-old and her fashion choices. The second look is certainly not MY thing, but she looks so much better (and classier) than most of the other women strutting the red carpet at that event. She’s having a lot of fun with fashion and even when she gets it wrong she still looks good.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I quite like the first dress, even with that mesh situation. There is no redemption for the second outfit. None.

  • moppet

    I do think she looks much better than the model does in that second getup, so, that’s something at least.

  • hughman

    “Do The Wrong Thing”, a sequel.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, especially once she added the baseball cap and braids!

    • smayper

      FTW!! And extra points for mentioning that movie since Obama just mentioned that it was his and Michelle’s first date.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Love that first dress, even though it brings back 80s memories! She looks fabulous. When my young friends say they love the 80s, I cringe. But we need to let the young people have the girls just want to fun that we had!

  • MilaXX

    First look is cute. Second look feels like her last ditch effort to convince people she was right for that Aaliyah biopic.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Then I also have to ask, Is that her real hair? In the first photo. I thought her hair looked great and then she turned to the side…OMG cut at least 8″ of that fried hair off. That is why those braids that end in little tiny wisps look so horrible in the second set.

  • MK03

    Red carpet Fly Girl.

  • NinjaCate

    I had no idea she wore the first outfit and spend the whole night looking sideways at the second. WHY did she change? WHY?!?! The first look is SO cute! And damn, her brows are AMAZING. I am jelly.

    • demidaemon

      WHY was pretty much the only word ricocheting around my brain.

  • Tracy_Flick

    That hair and make up is aging and appears to have been applied with flip-chart markers. All is forgiven in that first look, though, because the shoes are bringing it all to life. The second look – I bet some day she’ll look back on it like Britney does on the denim gown.

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  • Glam Dixie

    God that hair, please trim those ratty ends about 6 inches and it would look so much better. Dress number one is cute and I don’t mind the red shoes or the hoops, outfit number two should be burned and it’s ashes scattered.

  • kimmeister

    I know it was going to be a Peter Pilotto dress before I scrolled down. It’s better than the 2nd look for sure, but I still think it’s ugly. Would have been so much better without the white iris (?) overlay. Her brows apparently sucked up all of the awesomeness of her hair system because the stuff that’s hanging from her head is super ratty.

  • mjude

    is this the girl that was on the tim gunn show where they designed at outfit for her?

    • Glam Dixie


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  • BeeBeauNYC

    OMG, that second outfit looks like something Edie and Patsy would convince a client to wear on AbFab. “It’s LaCroix, dahling!”

  • Imasewsure

    She definitely JLo Lite…. hate the hair on the first look. Hate everything but the jacket and the stripper shoes on the second.

  • Kbear

    The Ungaro model’s face says it all.

    • Mona_Visa

      Mhm, she looks like an extra from The Walking Dead.

  • conniemd

    First look is great, except for the black sheer, but I can forgive that, because the print and the shape looks so good on her.

  • muelonil

    I was so confused about what is happening in that last picture…til I realized that other leg was not hers. Now I’m still not sure why she’s posing that but at least it doesn’t defy the laws of nature.

  • alyce1213

    The first is phenomenal on her. It could’ve been a Frankendress, but the prints and shapes are well put together and it’s worn by the right girl. She picked the perfect shoes — an accomplishment we rarely see.
    The second is awful, but I like her for trying stuff. Doesn’t always work, but she’s courageous.

  • Tori

    I think you guys missed the fact that she was recently cast as Aaliyah in a Lifetime Movie of the week…and there is absolutely no buy in from the Aaliyah family or fanbase that she can pull it off…so girl is trying her best to sell sexy in baggy clothes.

    • Truthiness2U

      But when she was dressing like that, she aleady knew she was not in that movie (she was recently uncasted in that movie). Maybe this is her ‘I could have pulled it off!’ outfit?

    • AnaRoW

      She’d have been fine. Aaliyah’s family and fanbase are coming off a bit delusional about the impact Aaliyah had. She was talented and it’s a tragedy her life and career were cut short but she was hardly an icon deserving of more than a Lifetime movie and being portrayed by a B-list actress.

  • Mothra

    If i see one more leg sneaking out of a skirt i am going to rip it off and beat a girl with it. The first look is so cute though and even though I’m not hot on the black sheer panel thing–the forward facing look is quite fetching and cute.

  • Mona_Visa

    Mostly I just hate that hat.

  • Tami from Seattle

    Love the red shoes in the first look!

  • bluefish

    Like the first look — the second — Eminem is calling and wants his ballgown back.

  • UNGARO??? WTFK…. Another legendary fashion icon SOLD down the DRAIN!

  • FibonacciSequins

    Belle Epoque B Girl isn’t working for me.

  • quiltrx

    I really like the first look–one of the better pieces from that Pilotto collection, and it really suits her.

  • Sorry, whenever I think of updos now, I think of Chad Michaels saying she’d fit the country with an UP-DO. UP. DO.

  • MoHub

    The first dress shocked me because it’s a Pilotto that actually acknowledges the shape of the body. The second shocked me because I can’t imagine what could be uglier.

  • Lilithcat

    I liked the first look until I saw the vast expanse of her black, long-line bra.

  • MM4321

    Pretty girl but boy, I want to cut about a foot of that hair off.

  • formerlyAnon

    First look is awesome. I think the bracelet load needs to be distributed less symmetrically, but that’s all I’d change.

    I’m really impressed with how much I like the result of the edits you propose for the second look. I just can’t do that kind of revision-for-the-better. (Yet another reason why I’m reading y’all’s blog rather than vice versa!)

  • evave2

    I am unhappy with illusion netting, all illusion netting. The first look is cute, but then there’s the illusion netting. I like the look, but the illusion netting makes me unhappy (I think like others just hate “fill in the blank”) BUT again, it IS a cute dress, very sassy. I bet she jingled when she walked (not really, because no jingle jangles, I just mean sort of bounced).

    NO MORE FRINGE. I don’t care who, NO MORE FRINGE. I agree the bra (while it IS cute) just brings too much to the table with the rest of the look.

  • Unfabulous.