Law Roach, one of Hollywood’s top stylists, shocked the fashion and showbiz industry with his decision to retire on Instagram. Roach’s retirement announcement from celebrity styling has sparked speculation and rumours about the reasons behind his decision.
Who is Law Roach?
Roach’s work in the fashion industry spans over a decade. He has also made a name for himself as an “image architect” rather than just a stylist. His styling repertoire included a long list of A-list celebrities, from Celine Dion to Ariana Grande, Anya Taylor-Joy, Naomi Campbell, Megan Thee Stallion, Bella Hadid, Keke Palmer, Demi Lovato, Anne Hathaway, and Kanye West. However, his collaboration with Zendaya is what really put him on the map, transforming her from a Disney darling to a red carpet queen.
Roach and Zendaya’s relationship goes back to 2011 when they first met through a mutual friend while he was a personal shopper then. At the time, Zendaya starred in her first season of The Disney Channel’s Shake It Up. Roach has since styled Zendaya for magazine covers, red carpets, premieres, and more. He has been behind some of her most iconic looks, including the infamous 2015 Oscars look that featured a Vivienne Westwood gown and dreadlocks.
His work with Zendaya has been lauded for transforming her into a fashion icon. In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Roach said of their working relationship, “When she was 14, she didn’t know much about fashion, and we were starting to learn about each other. And I think I had a little bit more say-so in the look, but now she’s a grown woman. I think she’s grown, not only in the way she chooses and collaborates with me but in everything. She’s a woman now.”
Why did Law Roach retire?
Roach’s retirement announcement came via Instagram, where he posted a graphic red sign that read “RETIRED” and a caption that read, “My Cup is empty…thank you to everyone who’ve supported me and my career over the years.” The announcement drew an outpour of love and support from his fans and celebrity friends alike.
He has been candid in his explanations of the move, revealing that he is retiring from the “celebrity styling part of it” and is ready to move on to other things in the fashion industry.
In his retirement post, Roach alluded to “politics, lies, and false narratives”. However, it led many to speculate that his departure could be related to Zendaya.
His cryptic message caused speculations that it could be linked to Zendaya’s new contract with Louis Vuitton, which could limit Roach’s creative license. Just a few weeks ago, the pair were seen arriving at the FW23 Louis Vuitton show, with Zendaya wearing a head-turning tiger-printed set by LV, yet sitting separately from Roach. Zendaya was sat front-row with an empty seat next to her, with Roach placed behind her.
No Bad Blood
Despite the public’s speculations, Roach has since clarified that there is no bad blood between him and Zendaya. “She’s my little sister, and it’s real love not the fake industry love.”
He even shared an adorable GIF of two girls playing a clapping game with the text overlay, “ME & U MUST NEVA PART,” captioned, “Literally me and Zendaya….”
Roach has had a remarkable styling career. And it’s no surprise that many are saddened to hear of his retirement. Naomi Campbell commented on his retirement Instagram post, “Law I won’t let you !!!! We don’t quit .. strived too hard”. But with a lifetime of success in the industry, Roach’s legacy will continue to inspire those who follow in his footsteps.
As for Roach himself, he’s ready to embark on new adventures. “I’m so excited that today I get to release,” he shared in his Vogue interview. “The Boss team has been really supportive of me: sensitive and kind. I really appreciate that and it makes me want to do the best job on the runway that I possibly can do.”
The future looks bright for Roach, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store. Whether it’s pursuing new ventures in the fashion world or simply enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation, we know he’ll continue to leave his mark on the industry.
As for Zendaya, some fans aren’t so sure.