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PSA: Zendaya Is Absolutely Slaying Her Challengers Press Tour

Or should I say... serving?

Zendaya wears a plunging, rhinestone-encrusted mini for the movie "Challengers" press tour at Hotel ...
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Though an unlikely venue, tennis courts are positively teeming with style icons — like Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Naomi Osaka, to name a few. And in the past few weeks, Zendaya officially joined their ranks as a racket-wielding fashion hero, churning out tenniscore looks weekly.

A method dresser to her core, Zendaya has been taking a cue from her latest movie, Challengers, on the coinciding press circuit. Last month, for example, Zendaya wore a mesh skirt inspired by a tennis net and a glamorous V-neck gown with a trompe l’oeil shadow of a tennis player.

Over the weekend, she donned even more sporty looks on the European leg of her press tour, with not one, not two but four different tennis-inspired ensembles. And IMHO, they were all serves.

A Saucy Skirt Suit

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While in Rome on Monday, April 8, Zendaya slipped into a white skirt suit, custom-made by Calvin Klein. She wore a single-breasted jacket crafted from soft leather, which she daringly styled with a Bulgari Serpenti necklace — her top nowhere to be found. She completed the risqué look with a humble floor-length skirt and a voluminous updo.

A Yassified Tennis Uniform

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Everyone knows the pleated skirt is a staple on the tennis court. Earlier that day, Zendaya drew inspiration from the quintessential uniform in a daring iteration that was utterly yassified.

Unlike its athleisure counterparts, which are primed for function, Zendaya’s custom Loewe dress was completely blanketed in silver rhinestones. Her dress also featured a deep plunging neckline that nearly reached her belly button. Yet another impractical, but stylish, design detail.

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The tennis inspo also extended to her accessories. Loewe — a label known for its novelty heels — also provided her with pumps, complete with tennis ball heels. While Zendaya’s shoes aren’t shoppable yet, her stylist Law Roach confirmed they will be soon.

This Mod Checkered Look

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Before hitting Rome, Zendaya had a jam-packed schedule in Paris. Three press events in one day resulted in three different ensembles — all from Louis Vuitton. For the first, she dipped into the label’s archives and wore a jacket dress from Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 2013 collection. (Remember the famous escalator show, where models donned ’60s-inspired checkers? That’s the one.)

Channeling the signature hues of a tennis court, Zendaya chose a green-and-white checkered print. Though it’s technically the brand’s Damier pattern, the squares also recalled the checked pattern of a court’s net — another subtle tennis nod.

Her Chartreuse Pantsuit

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Hours later, she changed into a bold chartreuse number. Her pantsuit, which included a button-down top and straight trousers, came from the Spring/Summer 1999 collection, also designed by Jacobs. She paired the satin-y co-ords with strappy sandals and a bag from the same ’90s runway.

This All-White Ensemble

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Veering away from shades of green, Zendaya’s final Paris look included a white gown custom-made by LV’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière. The fitted bodice featured a sweetheart neckline, while the skirt was made of long, flowy chiffon. It came equipped with a wrap belt that hung low on her waist.

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Like the rest of her outfits, Zendaya topped off the all-white moment with diamond-encrusted jewels from Bulgari. Yet another serve.