Zendaya, Taylor Swift, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, and Hailee Steinfeld
Having a big group of friends takes some impressive organization—think about all those birthdays to remember and a group text message chain that must never stop blinking. One thing Taylor Swift and her squad don’t need to stress over? What they’re wearing.
As a confirmed posse member, Zendaya was included when the group walked the Billboard Music Awards red carpet together last May (she was Cut-Throat in “Bad Blood” and wore biker shorts and harness thigh-highs that we tallied as outfit #16 from the fashion-filled video). Prior to the Billboard moment, Zendaya, Taylor, Lily Aldridge, and Co. weren’t exchanging snaps and info about what they were set to wear. Rather, according to Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach, each woman did her own thing and never discussed looks until the big day. “We got to Taylor’s dressing room and she wasn’t even dressed yet.” When she eventually got it on, Taylor’s jumpsuit was Balmain; Zendaya was in Fausto Puglisi.
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This little tidbit makes all the friendships feel even more authentic, no? Rather than a highly produced red-carpet moment with outfits meant to read as complementary, the world saw a group of accomplished individuals who love spending time together, but don’t define themselves through their association. Basically, matching-denim-tuxedo moment it was not (nor leather Gucci—sorry Mr. and Mrs. Beckham!).