By: Emma Federer
To describe Zendaya’s recent Tommy Hilfiger collection as groundbreaking would be an understatement. The entire cast of 59 models were all beautiful, brilliant, black women ranging in both age and size. To add, Zendaya’s push for the brand’s inclusivity made the show the first Hilfiger show featuring plus-sized models.
According to the press release, the collection itself is a “celebration of strong, iconic women of the ‘70s” that takes a modern twist on power dressing. With vibrant hand-painted astrological patterns painted onto flowing satin, sturdy maroon leather molded into durable blazers, jewel toned jumpsuits that fit and flare, this collection really shines in the light of a disco ball.
Grace Jones, the world’s first black female supermodel, grooved down the runway with legs for days in a golden belted halter bodysuit paired with a striped metallic blazer and knee-high maroon leather boots that were made for walking.
This isn’t the first time Hilfiger has teamed up with an iconic woman in the industry. Gigi Hadid’s nautical-themed campaign was successful enough to launch a second collaboration in the Spring of the following year. With a sharp navy blue trench over a pinstripe wrapped cotton shirt and high waisted skinny white jeans, this look is ready for winter at the yacht club.
My first approach to comparing the two collections was to contrast the simplicity of Gigi’s collection with the wild vibrancy of Zendaya’s collection, but I stopped myself. The hard work that Zendaya has done to collaborate for this collection and the steps that she has taken towards representing black women in the fashion industry are strong and impactful enough to stand on their own. In honor of today, International Women’s Day, I took a minute to rethink my review of the collection. I shouldn’t feel the need to tear down Gigi’s collection as it was probably worked on equally as hard by Gigi Hadid and the rest of her crew in order to build Zendaya’s collection up. I, along with the fashion industry, needs to support all women in their fashion endeavors and collections and work on perpetuating an air of support for women within the industry instead of pitting them against each other.Gigi even posted her support of Zendaya on instagram, repping one of the statement leather trench coats.
All to say, congratulations to Zendaya in using her successful platform to create a beautiful line of inclusive clothing while continuing to work towards the representation of women of color within the fashion industry. I’ve got my eye on Zodiac satin wrap dress. Happy International Women’s Day!