Zendaya in Givenchy Couture at the 2019 InStyle Awards

Posted on October 22, 2019

There are three classic womenswear design elements that we tend to wrinkle our gay little noses at if they’re not done well – and all three of them are rarely done well. Also, weirdly, they’re all described by referencing household items. We are not so clearly referring to her the lampshade dress, the wallpaper dress and the folded napkin dress. The first refers to stiff, bell-shaped silhouettes, the second refers to the weight and busyness of the textile, and the third refers to a focus on pleating and folding. Not only did Miss Zendaya manage all three elements at once, but she did it without even putting on a dress:

 

And y’know? It all kind of works for us. If you stop scrolling just before you get to the pants, you’d think she was wearing a massive ballgown. The fact that it starts off kind of grandiose and turns out to be fairly comfy and wearable is a big plus; not just for practical reasons but because it gives the look some wit and sass to it. And the proportions are exactly right when they so easily could have gone wrong.

 

 

Style Credits:
Givenchy Ensemble from the Fall 2019 Couture Collection
Eva Fehren Earring and Ring

Styled by Law Roach

[Photo Credit: Getty Images for InStyle, givenchy.com]

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