For the Fall/Winter 2019 season, Tommy Hilfiger’s fashion collaboration with Zendaya stormed the catwalk at Apollo Theater in Harlem, a landmark venue for black entertainment that has hosted the electrifying likes of James Brown and Aretha Franklin. TOMMYXZENDAYA proffered an explosion of 1970s nostalgia, modernized with impeccable tailoring and an inclusive range of sizes. It translated in the clothes as flared leather and snakeskin trousers, flirty polka dot dresses, and velvet suits.
With the release of the new TOMMYXZENDAYA Fall/Winter 2019 collection came an exclusive opportunity to catch up with Zendaya, one of our favorite stars and fashion icons. As the brainchild behind the collection, she shared her insights and inspirations – along with a gorgeous array of behind-the-scenes photos from the campaign shoot – exclusively with Savoir Flair. To hear from Zendaya directly, read on.
What are your favorite pieces of the collection?
Honestly, I love every piece in this collection, but if I had to choose, I would say the tailored suits, polka dot tie-neck dress, and faux-fur leopard coat.
What did you learn from the Spring 2019 collection that you applied to this season?
I learned more about the design process and how to be more efficient during the different stages throughout product development.
Who are the inspirational women in your life?
The women in my family inspire me the most. Both my grandmothers, my mom, my aunties, and my sisters play such an important role in my life.
What inspired you to use a constellation print this season?
We wanted to find something that tied back to the Spring 2019 collection and felt that the constellation print was a nice continuation of the zodiac theme.
I don’t really have one style, but use fashion as a means of telling a story.
What was the most fun part of creating this collection?
The most fun part has been experimenting with the different prints and scales, and mixing them together. We wanted to create something fresh that women can also wear in their everyday lives.
How do you react when you see your fans wearing a piece from your collection?
I feel so honored and humbled when I see my fans wearing a piece from my collection. I created this collection for them, so I am so happy that my fans enjoy it as much as I do!
What role has fashion played throughout your career?
It has really helped me grow into the woman I am today. I’ve said it before that I don’t really have one style, but use fashion as a means of telling a story. Law [celebrity stylist Law Roach] and I have a lot of fun coming up with different personas in my looks, and I love showing up on the carpet in something unexpected.