We spy a budding It Girl duo.
How does one describe the perfect wine and cheese pairing? The subtle coolness of intentionally mismatched socks? The right sunglasses that pull an entire outfit together? That’s how I feel about Anne Hathaway and Zendaya.
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On May 16, the two actors attended a Bulgari event in Venice, Italy alongside fellow brand ambassadors Priyanka Chopra and Blackpink’s Lisa. Celebrating the luxury label’s new Mediterranea High Jewelry collection, the four women (unsurprisingly) stunned in luxe accessories and designer gowns. But something about Zendaya and Hathaway, specifically, felt like sartorial serendipity.
Hathaway wore a Versace chainmail gold-to-silver ombré dress with a removable hood, platform heels (because of course), and a necklace with statement pink gemstones. Zendaya emerged in a custom black Richard Quinn mermaid gown, featuring off-the-shoulder draping and accessorized with a diamond snake Bulgari choker. Both dramatic in completely different ways, the pair were a picture of visual harmony. Hathaway’s ornate, sultry vibe complemented Zendaya’s regal, elegant aesthetic. Seated next to each other, they nearly broke the internet. And it’s not hard to see why.
If you were to tell me three years ago that Anne Hathaway and Zendaya would become a coveted pop culture pairing, my movie-and-TV-obsessed mind would protest. Mary Jane Watson and Andy Sachs? Rue Bennett and Mia Thermopolis?! Historically speaking, the two haven’t exactly existed in the same cinematic universe. And yet, every now and again stars align (literally) to produce an unforeseen source of dual celebrity fashion inspiration. With their unique style statuses firmly on the rise, it’s suddenly clear that no two A-listers are currently more in sync.
Think about it: Both Hathaway and Zendaya have undergone major transformations into bona fide It Girls. Going from Disney darling to fashion front row, Zendaya has established a reputation for reinventing the wheel. With the help of image architect Law Roach, she coordinates with co-stars, tailors outfits to match movie themes, and always gives the world something new to talk about. Similarly, since 2021, Hathaway has transcended her scrutinized publicly-imposed “good girl” archetype to an image of individuality and risk-taking, thanks to her stylist Erin Walsh. In May 2022, she solidified her title as a new red carpet icon, with FASHION‘s Fashion News Director Annika Lautens noting that “she (finally) isn’t afraid to take risks.” Hence the hooded chainmail dress.
But at the May 16 Bulgari event, the duo’s satisfyingly contrasting outfits weren’t the only standout aspects of their appearances. It’s their respective sparks of self-assurance that offered the ultimate coordination. Just look at the videos of Zendaya and Hathaway giving the exact same energy while posing alone at different times. Individually? Masters of confidence and personal style. Together? A joint slay.
This is not the first occasion Zendaya and Anne (…Annedaya?) have shared undeniable chemistry. Around this time last year, the starlets stunned in a promotional short film for Bulgari. In the two-and-a-half-minute clip, they can be seen walking succinctly side-by-side, dancing freely in slow motion, and leaning into one another to gaze upon the Italian scenery. As a viewing experience, it is cinematic joy. And now, it’s clear it was but a teaser for the fashion feast to come.
Of course, Zendaya and Anne Hathaway aren’t the first unexpected friendship to serve collaborative style prowess. There was an array of looks from Tilda Swinton and Timothée Chalamet at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. The world saw Shania Twain and Harry Styles wear matching sequins at 2022’s Coachella. More recently, we’ve been blessed with red-carpet coordination from The Last of Us co-stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. Time and time again, these special duos complement one another while staying true to themselves.
What’s next for Hathaway and Zendaya, you ask? We can only hope for a full-length feature film in the future. (I mean, can you imagine the method dressing?) Regardless of what they get up to together, with their signature confidence, they’ll always be well suited.