Grace Jones stuns at Zendaya and Tommy Hilfiger's diverse Paris Fashion Week showCydney Henderson, USA TODAYPublished 12:08 p.m. ET March 3, 2019 | Updated 12:19 p.m. ET March 3, 2019
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After a month of controversial designs from high-end houses and fast-fashion brands, Tommy Hilfiger's collaboration with Zendaya finally got it right.
The Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya show celebrated diversity at Paris Fashion Week, casting only African-American models to showcase the '70s-inspired line, including the iconic Grace Jones.
While jamming to her hit song "Pull Up to the Bumper," the ageless supermodel and singer, 70, strutted and danced her way down the runway to close Saturday's show in a shimmery gold bodysuit and metallic striped blazer.
The catwalk queens did not stop there. Pioneering models Beverly Johnson, 66, the first African-American model to cover American Vogue; Pat Cleveland, 68, often described as the world's first black supermodel; and Veronica Webb, 54, the first African-American woman to have a major cosmetics contract, all walked the runway.
Grace Jones models the Tommy Now ready to wear collection in Paris on Saturday. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP)
Zendaya, who said Hilfiger gave her full control of the designs, drew inspiration from "iconic women" of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The collection featured Breton stripes, flared denim and leather pants, torso-hugging jumpsuits and a shimmering pleated silken gown with a cape.
At the end of the show, the entire cast of African-American models marched down the runway to Sister Sledge's "We Are Family," prompting the audience to playfully sing along.
Pat Cleveland walked the runaway in a boldly striped, one-shoulder gown for Tommy Hilfiger during Paris Fashion Week. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP)
The high-energy presentation gave guests, including models Gigi Hadid and Tyra Banks, Saturday night fever.
"You see my face. I am in Paris. Watching so many fierce black women from all generations of modeling represent our beauty during the #TommyNow show," Banks tweeted. "I am so proud of Mizz Designer @Zendaya!"
You see my face. I am in Paris. Watching so many fierce black women from all generations of modeling represent our beauty during the #TommyNow show! Some of the newbies are my ANTM babies!! I am so proud of Mizz Designer @Zendaya!
"The clothes are beyond epic (I’m wearing some in this pic!) and I want so many more," she wrote in another tweet. "I’m still boppin’ to all the jams from my childhood they blasted in the show."
Zendaya herself was still in awe. "I’m still in shock and so emotional and moved by this show...I’m speechless. Thank you a million times @TommyHilfiger," she tweeted.
The "Spider-Man: Homecoming" star spoke to The Associated Press about how the collaboration came about: "I got a call from Tommy Hilfiger himself, which was pretty crazy. I was not expecting that."
Showing deep industry knowledge, Zendaya referenced the famous "Battle of Versailles" fashion show held in 1973 at France's Palace of Versailles. It pitted American designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Stephen Burrows against French designers Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin and Hubert de Givenchy.
Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya take a triumphant lap on the catwalk after presenting their collection at Paris Fashion Week. (Photo: Julien de Rosa/EPA-EFE)
The show's diversity hit a high note in the fashion industry, following several controversial designs.
Just last month alone, Gucci landed in hot water for a wool sweater resembling blackface while Burberry apologized for sending a model down the runway at London Fashion Week wearing a hoodie with a noose around the neck.
Contributing: The Associated Press and Maeve McDermott
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