As a Disney graduate, Zendaya borrowed clothes from emerging designers because, quite simply, teen sitcom stars “didn’t get respect in the fashion world,” according to her long-time stylist, Law Roach. Now, aged 22, the Vogue cover girl has her pick of the fashion crop, and she’s choosing to wear the industry’s rising stars. Enter Peter Do: the Céline alumnus whose work Zendaya has been sporting on the press trail for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The actor appeared on Good Morning America wearing a translucent white dress-over-trousers combination printed with cars from Do’s autumn/winter 2019 collection, in which he explored the human relationship with automobiles. Then came a quick change for a trip up the Empire State Building to perform the ceremonial lighting. Zendaya managed to out-style the tourist brigade in oversized hammered satin navy separates, inspired by the high-shine finish of a freshly painted vehicle.
“The woman I am speaking to is defining a new kind of glamour,” Do has said of his menswear-influenced designs, which won him the inaugural LVMH Graduates Prize in 2014. It was then, aged 23, that Do was snapped up by Céline – and found a mentor in Phoebe Philo, who was at the creative helm before Hedi Slimane took the brand into its accent-less future in 2018. After transferring to New York to work under Derek Lam, he launched his namesake brand in 2018. Do’s inaugural collection was snapped up by Net-a-Porter and Dover Street Market, whose buyers had been sniffing around him on social media for years.
It’s likely @luxurylaw (Roach’s Instagram handle) also saw the structured, utilitarian co-ords on @the.peterdo, which the stylist follows. The online sharing platform is where most of his moodboarding for Zendaya takes place, as well as WhatsApp, which the pair is in constant communication on. “Zendaya is one of the few girls in the industry that you never know what she’ll wear,” Roach has told Vogue of the intentional fluidity underlining his friend’s style. “It’s always a surprise… Zendaya’s such a good role model for young girls because she literally can and will wear anything.”
If the first stop on the Spiderman tour has proffered up Céline-influenced looks, the Peter Parker-franchise is set to become significantly more stylish as it unfolds.
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