When it comes to fashion and beauty, we all know that singer and actress Zendaya is one to watch making bold looks appear effortless rocking cornrows on the red carpet and even starring as the muse in Bruno Mars’ video for “Versace On the Floor”. But even though Bruno suggests Zendaya is now discarding major fashion labels on the rug, her stylist Luxury Law recently revealed there was a time when major fashion houses wouldn’t even acknowledge the star of The Greatest Showman.
The stylist spilled some piping hot tea about labels like Valentino and Chanel once giving the 21-year-old Disney alum the cold shoulder when he recently made an appearance on The Hollywood Reporter’s first Stylists Roundtable. Luxury Law a.k.a. Law Roach, whose clients include Ariana Grande, Skai Jackson and model Eva Marcille, shared how he built his career and Zendaya’s fashion presence using lesser known brands:
“Zendaya made it to the cover of Vogue. She has never worn Valentino, she has never worn Gucci, she has never worn Chanel. She only wore Dolce [& Gabbana] when she got a Dolce [& Gabbana] campaign. We built [her] career and my career using smaller brands and emerging designers to prove a point that it can happen!”
He also says the snubs from designers have turned into requests, which he nor the “Replay” singer are in any rush to fulfill:
“It’s a big f*ck you because we all know the [public relations] want to bring someone to you because ‘oh she can get her in Valentino’ but what I wanted to prove was that she doesn’t have to be in Valentino to become a fashion girl. So now that everybody wants to dress her, I go back and say ‘Not this season!’”
ESSENCE shares that this behavior is common with many A-list fashion designers’ interaction with up and coming stars, revealing that comedian Leslie Jones once shared that no fashion designer would dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere until Project Runway favorite Christian Siriano came to her rescue. And can you believe there was a time when the same designers gave ghosted Beyoncé in her early days with Destiny’s Child? While receiving her Fashion Icon award in 2016 Queen Bey revealed her mother Tina was shut out by showrooms and styled the group herself.
Zendaya has come along way and is clearly on the wish list of many brands recently debuting a capsule collection with Boohoo.com which is being praised for its size-inclusivity with looks available in size 2-20, although some of the larger sizes have already sold out.
You can check out Luxury Law reveal some harsh truths about the fashion industry below: