Zendaya’s ‘Challengers’ Red Carpet Looks


Zendaya and her longtime stylist Law Roach are no strangers when it comes to method styling — but the duo has taken it to the next level for the Challengers press tour.

The Luca Guadagnino-directed movie, out April 26, follows Zendaya’s character Tashi Duncan, a rising tennis prodigy who becomes a fearsome coach following a career-ending injury. And then, there’s the other juicy plot: She does it all while navigating a decades-long, hyper-competitive love triangle.

It only makes sense that Zendaya and Roach would double down on any and all tennis-related styling, from gowns with cheeky racket motifs to archival pulls in the sport’s signature shade of green. See everything Zendaya wore during her global Challengers press tour, below.

BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden – March 17

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 17: Iga Swiatek of Poland talks with Hollywood actress Zendaya afte...

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While this sensible and elegant cream Louis Vuitton set isn’t officially part of the Challengers press tour, Zendaya is essentially larping as Tashi and looks ready to hop on the court.

BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden – March 17

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 17: Tom Holland and Zendaya watch Carlos Alcaraz of Spain play Dani...

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The actor is focused watching the match alongside her boyfriend Tom Holland — and potentially ready to give feedback that doubles as psychological torment.

Challengers Australian premiere – March 26

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The method styling really entered the conversation at the Australian premiere of Challengers, where Zendaya wore a slinky, glittery green Loewe gown custom-made by the movie’s costume designer Jonathan Anderson. The tennis-green hue was one thing, but all eyes were on the bold silhouette of a figure tossing up a sparkling tennis ball across the front of the gown.

Challengers Australian premiere – March 26

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For the rest of the look, Zendaya opted for a tousled updo to highlight her dangling Bulgari diamond earrings, a touch of green eyeshadow to complement her gown, and magnetic chemistry with her Challengers co-stars Mike Faist and Josh O’Connor.

Challengers photo session at the Maison de L’Amerique Latine in Paris – April 6

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The Challengers press tour then headed to Paris, where Zendaya wore a checkered, tennis-green set pulled from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, designed by former creative director Marc Jacobs.

Challengers photo session at the Maison de L’Amerique Latine in Paris – April 6

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Zendaya’s hair matched the ‘60s essence of the set (and the original runway styling) with a no-nonsense updo topped with a white ribbon.

Challengers photocall at Hotel de Crillon in Paris – April 6

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A few hours later, Zendaya switched into another tennis-green Louis Vuitton set — this time, chartreuse separates from the Marc Jacobs-designed Spring/Summer 1999 collection.

Challengers photocall at Hotel de Crillon in Paris – April 6

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The outfit featured satin paneling on the trousers and cargo pockets detailing on the blouse.

Challengers Paris premiere – April 6

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Later that evening, her version of “tennis whites” was an angelic, custom Louis Vuitton gown by Nicolas Ghesquière — complete with a fitted corset and a structured belt.

Challengers Paris premiere – April 6

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Plus, plenty of glimmering Bulgari diamonds.

Challengers photocall at Hotel Hassler in Rome – April 8

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As the Challengers press tour made its way to Rome, Zendaya went back to Loewe for a sparking custom pleated tennis dress. The simple silhouette was a grand slam with a plunging neckline, varsity stripes, and tennis-ball-puncturing stilettos.

Challengers photocall at Hotel Hassler in Rome – April 8

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The Tashi-approved heels were courtesy of Jonathan Anderson.

Challengers Rome premiere – April 8

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At the Challengers premiere in Rome, Zendaya suited up in a custom Calvin Klein structured jacket with a matching full length skirt.

Challengers Rome premiere – April 8

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The Calvin Klein ensemble was crafted from soft white leather and featured a side slit, diagonal seaming, and a small angular train. Zendaya and Roach accessorized the open chest with their go-to Bvglari jewels — this time, a dangling Serpenti necklace with shimmering, baby pink diamonds.

Challengers London Premiere – April 10

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In perhaps her most method red carpet moment yet, Zendaya’s custom Thom Browne sequined halter gown included a pleated train with netting detail — and even more racket motifs.

Challengers London Premiere – April 10

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Her Bulgari jewelry may have sparkled, but the real showstopper was her elegant braid, which was neatly topped with an on-trend white bow.

Challengers photocall at Claridges Hotel in London – April 11

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At a Challengers photocall in London, Zendaya and Roach paused on the tennis references in favor of archival Vivienne Westwood: a pinstripe vest and mini skirt set from the designer’s Spring/Summer 1994 collection featuring a delightful feather bustle. (Interested parties can cop a similar version of the skirt at Either Store.)

Challengers photocall at Claridges Hotel in London – April 11

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While the actor swapped out her Bulgari diamonds in favor of more subtle gold accessories, she kept her beauty playful with bright blonde bangs and a fresh french manicure.

Challengers photocall at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters – April 13

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Zendaya returned to her tennis whites for the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, opting for a cable knit sweater and a Brunello Cucinelli maxi skirt in a crisp suiting fabric.

Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters – April 13

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 13: Zendaya Coleman attends day 7 of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Mo...

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Right away, she switched into a special collared tank from On, which recreated the specific tennis white of Althea Gibson, one of the first Black athletes to cross the color line of international tennis.

Challengers photocall in Milan – April 14

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Challengers photocall in Milan – April 14

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She kept the glitz simple with a pair of classic diamond studs.

Che Tempo Che Fa appearance – April 14

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During an appearance on Che Tempo Che Fa, Zendaya expanded her Challengers tennis whites collection to include a custom 16Arlington dress with an intricate, knotted hemline.

Che Tempo Che Fa appearance – April 14

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She paired the mini dress with sky-high white pumps and Bulgari jewelry.



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