You may not have heard of Law Roach, but you’ve at least seen his work. The 44-year-old is best known for his work with Zendaya. Former America’s Next Top Model judge has adorned her with the finest fashion, and for Zendaya, who was ranked the best-dressed woman by Net-a-Porter in 2018, Roach is the man behind the scenes.
Law started off his career as a stylist for Kanye West in a Deliciously Vintage Boutique in 2009 and has since worked with celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion, Kerry Washington, Ariana Grande, Hunter Schafer, and more. In, 2017 became the first African American stylist to be featured on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s Stylist and Stars Issue.
The celebrity stylist announced his retirement on Tuesday in a post on Instagram with a red graphic that reads “Retired.” The news was a shock to world-famous designers and celebrities alike.
In his caption, Roach said, “My Cup is empty…Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my career over the years. Every person that trusted me with their image, I’m so grateful for you all.”
He continued, “If this business was just about the clothes, I would do it for the rest of my life, but unfortunately, it’s not! The politics, the lies, and false narratives finally got me! You win… I’m out.” followed by three red heart emojis.
The news was a shock to world-famous designers, celebrities, and models alike. Former client Addison Rae commented, “WHAT?” with a crying face emoji. Famed designer Christian Soriano replied, “Absolutely not.” Other stylists like Maeve Reilly and Karla Welch both simply wrote: “No.”
Even British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful commented and said, “You will always have a home” at British Vogue.
At this time, it is unclear what lies and false narratives he is referring to.
However, fans on Twitter pointed to a video that circulated online from a recent Louis Vuitton fashion show where Zendaya was sat in the front row, nabbing the last seat and effectively removing the renowned stylist from the prestigious front-row seating at the runway show.
Online speculators suggest that Zendaya tells Law, “Oh, there’s a seat right here,” pointing to an empty chair behind her, which links to the stylist’s visibly upset reaction in the video. Rumor has it Law left before the collection’s debut in response to the incident, and fashion enthusiasts stood behind him.
“He should be in the front row. He’s carrying the industry on his back…” one supporter tweeted. Since stepping into the spotlight, Roach has amassed a multi-million-dollar worth thanks to the success of his stylings and designs. While his exact net worth is unclear, it is reportedly between $1 million and $5 million.