Words by Nicole Thomsen
September 10th, 2019
The Apollo Theater in New York City has played host to some of the world’s most iconic entertainers, including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, to name but a few. On Sunday evening, actor and singer Zendaya was added to this list but not for the reason you might first expect.
The multi-hyphenate star was there, not to perform per se, but to debut her second and final collection co-designed with Tommy Hilfiger as part of the New York Fashion Week schedule. After five seasons on a world tour—which saw the inaugural Tommy X Zendaya collection debut in Paris—the runway event returned to New York for its Fall 2019 show.
Starring Halima Aden, Winnie Harlow and a pregnant Ashley Graham, it was one of the most diverse castings seen in New York. Models of varying ages, ethnicity, gender, and dress size took to the catwalk to showcase the latest collection which played homage to the ’70s and celebrated individuality.
Pussy-bow blouses, velvet tailoring and oversized floppy hats were among the defining items on the runway which saw warm burgundy hues mixed with metallics and monochrome palettes for a fresh edge. Signature houndstooth and polka dot prints sat alongside creamy leathers and faux furs, rich velvets and premium denim. It was a lesson in seventies power dressing—but make it contemporary.
Watching from the FROW was former Tommy collaborator Gigi Hadid, who was seated alongside sister Bella, Olivia Palermo, Georgia May Jagger, Suki Waterhouse, Kehlani, and Jameela Jamil who has long been campaigning for body positivity in the industry. In keeping with the legendary venue’s reputation, a jazz orchestra and singers were also there to set the mood and perform era-defining classics such as Aretha Franklin’s Respect.
As is now standard for the Tommy brand, runway looks, including those worn by Zendaya and her guests, were available to buy immediately after the show, following the ‘See Now, Buy Now’ format. While this particular aspect of Sunday night’s celebration would have been unheard of in the seventies, in 2019, it’s to be expected. You can shop the collection in full at tommy.com now.
To see more of our favourite looks and guest appearances from the show, check out the slideshow below.
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