Zendaya is a bohemian dream at the 2021 Academy Awards.
The actress wore a vibrant yellow cutout gown, custom-made by Valentino, with matching platform pumps by Jimmy Choo for the Oscars red carpet Sunday evening. With her hair in flowing, mermaid-inspired waves paired with glowing, natural makeup, the 24-year-old’s beauty look was just as breathtaking.
According to Zendaya’s longtime stylist and image architect Law Roach, her Oscars ensemble is all about the diamonds. Adorned in designs from Bulgari, Zendaya is the first to debut a necklace from the brand’s upcoming high jewellery collection, Magnifica, releasing later this summer. The standout piece features two diamond collars with a removable centre brooch and tassel, complete with a yellow, six-carat cushion-cut diamond.
Zendaya paired the statement necklace with yellow diamond teardrop earrings and two stunning diamond rings, one that showcases an intense yellow diamond and another with an emerald-cut stone. Her jewels altogether were worth a staggering $6 million.
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“The inspiration was all about this jewellery,” says Roach. “We have a beautiful gown, but in the fitting, we had a whole gamut of these incredible, incredible pieces from Bulgari, and the jewellery just literally became the star of the show.”
Roach revealed that Zendaya was an active collaborator when it came to curating her Oscars look.
“When it was time to just try jewellery on, there was a piece that Zendaya was absolutely in love with, that we had saw at a little preview. We went to the store about a week ago, and so we saw it, and she said, ‘Oh my God, this is incredible. This could be the one,'” said Roach.
“One of the cool things about Bulgari is that the jewellery always has a little secret,” he adds. “Things can be taken off and things can be added, and I think we just started playing, and then we just created this really magnificent jewellery story with a few of the pieces. It’s all about layering and piecing together all the jewellery in a way where it just feels really seamless and organic.”
According to Roach, the secret behind he and Zendaya’s longtime red carpet success is ultimately lies in the duo’s mutual trust and joint desire to create unforgettable fashion moments together.
“It’s such a collaborative process, but I always get what I want in the end,” laughs Roach. “The stylist knows best! But no, I think Zendaya and I, our relationship is just filled with so much trust. It depends on how much or how little she inserts it in each situation. I like to joke and think that I’m the boss, but she’s really the boss. She trusts me to bring her the things that I think are the best and that really suits her and really speaks to who she is as this fashion phenom.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.