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Zendaya is leading the charge for a gladiator sandals revival in Valentino’s new “Rendezvous” campaign. The “Euphoria” actress stars in the campaign video alongside the brand’s creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, and her longtime stylist — and FNAA Style Influencer of the Year — Law Roach.
In the clip, Zendaya walks the city streets, poses in photoshoots and searches for her perfect outfit with the help of Roach and Piccioli (after all, who better to help out in a fashion emergency?). As The XX’s “Crystallised” plays in the background (fashionistas will recognize the tune from a memorable scene from Gossip Girl’s third season), Zendaya wears an array of impactful outfits from Valentino’s Spring/Summer 22 collection. : a cut-out dress, a suit, drapes and 3D floral shirts, capes and flowing jackets – all in vibrant hues of pink, blue, white, green and yellow. Also featuring sleek, jewel-toned handbags, the film becomes a verifiable fashion show all on its own.
As for the shoes, Zendaya prominently wears two pairs of Valentino gladiator sandals in the clip. One of the sets features brown leather uppers and wide brown toe straps topped with the house’s unique gold One studs. The other pair, crafted from black leather, is even bolder with gold Rockstuds on the straps. Roach and Piccioli also posted behind-the-scenes photos of Zendaya modeling the figures on their respective Instagram accounts.
Gladiator sandals are one of the most memorable shoe trends of the 2010s, featuring flat soles, leather cages or lace-up straps that reach to wearers’ knees. The shoe is set for a revival this season, seen on the runways of Altuzarra, Etro, Dior and, of course, Valentino. New styles available now have also emerged from Amina Muaddi, Tamara Mellon and Stuart Weitzman, among others. In addition to Zendaya, stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Jenner have all sported gladiators by Dior, Gucci and Gianvito Rossi.
As for footwear, the former “Shake It Up” actress has been spotted in strappy sandals, boots and pumps from Jimmy Choo, Roger Vivier and Casadei. She also frequently collaborates with fashion brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and as a brand ambassador for Valentino, Bulgari, Lancôme and Covergirl Cosmetics. The actress has even ventured into design, having launched her affordable clothing line, Daya by Zendaya, in 2016. Zendaya has also become a staple during fashion month, attending shows for Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Louis Vuitton, Rebecca. Minkoff and others.
Click through the gallery to see how Zendaya’s red carpet style has evolved over the years.
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