Zendaya arrived in her usual whirlwind of style, grace, and cool to the 93rd Acadamy Awards on Sunday in custom Valentino couture and, of course, dripping in Bulgari diamonds (valued at over $6 million). The color of the dress, a unique canary yellow, was inspired by a host of references. Zendaya’s longtime stylist Law Roach says that the yellow diamond in the ring she wore to the ceremony was the “piece that started it all.” Since joining the jewelry brand in early 2020 as a global ambassador, Zendaya has had her pick of diamonds, including a major necklace on her ELLE cover.
For the Oscars, Law Roach was inspired by the fine jewelry brand’s fun and wearable pieces, saying “the great part about Bulgari is that you can wear it your way.” The four pieces she and Law chose complemented her gown perfectly and had everyone on Instagram seeing yellow.
Exclusively for ELLE, Law Roach gets into his inspiration and how he and Zendaya consistently join forces to create magic together on the red carpet. We also caught up with Roach in between shoots and fittings to get the details on creating this year’s instantly iconic Oscars moment.
When selecting jewelry from Zendaya, what comes first, gown or jewels?
The inspiration for this look was all about the jewelry. The jewelry took the look to the next level.
Modern or vintage jewelry?
Both. Bulgari has such a timeless feel to it, but their pieces allow you to play around and in a new, modern way.
Was there any specific inspiration for her look going into this year’s awards?
The inspiration was the jewelry itself.
How do you select which brands/looks are right for each ceremony?
It’s a collaborative effort. Zendaya trusts me to bring her looks for each ceremony, and we choose based on what makes her feel the best.
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