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Zendaya does ‘Dune’ chic and has us reaching for neutrals

With her hair blowing in the breeze and framing her golden-hour skin, Zendaya looked more supermodel than sand fighter.


Dune: Part Two might not be out until November 2023, but its leading lady is already fuelling the hype. Zendaya shared a photograph from the set of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic (although by the looks of those neutral expanses, it could well have been celeb-favourite Amangiri), in which she wears a desert-coloured micro cardigan befitting the wardrobe palette of her character, Chani, who meets Timothée Chalamet’s Paul in the deep dusty expanses of Arrakis.

Fan theories aside (Zendaya could be in one of several Dune film locations, from Abu Dhabi to Jordan, Budapest to Italy), we’re impressed by the fashion shoot potential those arid regions afford. Natural wind machine: tick! Exquisite backdrops inviting suitcases full of editor-favourite neutrals: you bet! With her hair blowing in the breeze and framing her golden-hour skin, Zendaya looked more supermodel than sand fighter.

Of course itty-bitty half-unbuttoned cardis have been a mainstay in Gen-Z wardrobes since tracksuit fatigue hit and “sexy” became top priority. It’s how Zendaya frames her fashion that makes it stand out from the deluge of torso pics on TikTok et al. To show off Jonathan Anderson’s new anthurium Loewe dresses before they had even hit the spring/summer 2023 runway, the actor draped herself in a shower cubicle with wet-look hair and skin. Debuting Maxmilian Davis’s first Ferragamo designs, it was all disco fever and daring degradé leather. This woman knows how to give editorial.

With Simon Porte Jacquemus, Adut Akech and Karla Welch throwing their support behind the star’s dust-bowl edition of street style in the comment section, our minds raced immediately to the next Dune promo tour. It might be months down the pipeline, but that means all the more planning time for custom looks that reflect the fantasy plotline of the conceptual blockbuster. Bring it on.

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