Zendaya Haunts an Old Milan Theatre for Valentino Fall 2021 Campaign

We’ll just be straight up honest – neither Space Jam: New Legacy nor Spider-Man: No Way Home are anywhere near our 2021 “must watch” list. But star of both of those movies Zendaya will also be reprising Sean Young’s role of Chani in the remake of Dune, due in theaters October 22, and we will most definitely be first in line. In the meantime, the ethereal actress has taken a striking turn in the Valentino Fall 2021 Act Collection campaign.

It’s actually a follow up to this past May’s Roman Palazzo campaign for the storied Italian fashion house. That shoot found her showing off a considerable amount of black-stockinged leg under both a classic trench and an alluring hip-length leopard jacket. For the Act Collection, her considerable gams get just as much play – but this time she’s rocking some Edwardian looking ruffles, and a very ’60s looking white coat dress adorned with sharp black V’s (V for Valentino, of course).

Once again, legendary Brit fashion photographer David Sims – who made his name doing zeitgeist-defining shoots for The Face in the early ’90s before, you know…Zendaya was even born – was the man behind the camera. The shoot took place at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Italy’s first permanent theater, dating to 1947, and still retaining iconic status amongst European cultural venues. And the results are aesthetically somewhere between contemporary noir and ’80s post-punk album cover.

In the accompanying short film, we see her alone navigating a dark, mysterious backstage area, and then cooly lounging in front of a brightly lit makeup mirror. Providing the evocative musical backdrop is burgeoning Brit songstress Cosima – who also stunningly soundtracked the Valentino Des Ateliers Haute Couture presentation in Venice back in July. Here, she covers the Prince classic ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ (of course made most famous by Sinead O’Connor in 1990) into a haunted, minimalist and almost bluesy ballad of loss and heartbreak.

It’s another visual masterstroke for Valentino, whose current Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli has definitively revitalized and contemporized the house since taking over in 2009. Obviously, we can’t wait to see what’s next.

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