Law Roach is the most in-demand stylist in Hollywood right now, dressing everyone from Celine Dion to Megan Thee Stallion and responsible for so many of those headline-making ensembles worn by Zendaya. So naturally, it came as a surprise when Roach announced that he’s calling it quits on the fashion industry.
Just two days after styling a number of stars for the Oscars red carpet, Roach posted an image of the word retired to Instagram with the caption, “My Cup is empty….. thank you to everyone who’ve supported me and my career over the years. Every person that trusted me with their image, I’m so grateful for you all. 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.”
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Fellow fashionistas flooded the comments with flat-out denials. Designer Christian Siriano wrote simply, “Absolutely not,” while Naomi Campbell added, “Law I won’t let you !!!! We don’t quit .. strived to[o] hard.” Karla Welch, one of the few stylists in Roach’s league, wrote “no,” while presenter NeNe Leakes took a more compassionate approach, commenting, “Mental health is first.”
On Twitter, fans and sleuths immediately went digging for answers behind the decision. In one resurfaced clip, Roach spoke to the poor treatment he’s received in the industry and his reaction to it. “You can’t talk to me any kind of way,” he said. “You can’t treat me any kind of way… I owe nobody shit in this industry. So I’ll walk away from all that.”
Fans of his work have also started posting their favorite red-carpet looks he created over the years. Though he’s collaborated with many stars, Law Roach’s most high-profile and long-lasting client was undoubtedly Zendaya. At the 2019 Met Gala, he famously acted as her “fairy godmother” when she wore a Cinderella-inspired gown.