Celebrity stylist Law Roach abruptly announced his retirement from fashion and styling today. In an Instagram post, he implied that his choice to leave the industry was rooted in the politics of fashion and the several ongoing feuds between luxury fashion designers. The post was met with mixed reactions.
While some fashion industry professionals and pop culture critics entreated Roach to think twice about his decision, others were quick to understand the importance of mental health time when working in such a highly competitive industry. Fellow designer Cristian Siriano commented “absolutely not,” while supermodel Naomi Campbell wrote “Law I won’t let you !!!! We don’t quit .. strived to hard.”
Roach is known for his work styling several celebrity clients for major red carpets, from the Grammys to the Oscars and many others in between. The 44-year-old was also a judge on HBO Max’s Legendary, a Ballroom Voguing competition. Notably, Roach’s work was taken to new heights when he began styling actress Zendaya. Today, fans of Roach’s work and his clients are questioning the event that led to his decision, and asking him to continue working with his clients.
red carpets will never be the same without law roach pic.twitter.com/3DxXiYsbfD
— nico???? (@gurlnico) March 14, 2023
I understand that most know Law Roach for Zendaya but my favorite Law Roach Girl is Celine Dion. Her completely turned her into 2019's style MVP. pic.twitter.com/hhWafinzQE
— Sisa (@TheTitanBaddie) March 14, 2023
Others speculate that Roach’s departure could have something to do with Zendaya’s upcoming rumored partnership with major fashion house Louis Vuitton. She made a surprise appearance at a Louis Vuitton runway show recently, where acclaimed musician and producer Pharrell Williams was also present. Williams recently took over as the men’s fashion creative director.Roach reportedly sat behind Zendaya instead of next to her, and some fans have theorized that Roach might have taken this as a betrayal.
I hope it’s not because of this situation ???? https://t.co/fuxavD23oi
— Madboy (@takecarehours) March 14, 2023
Law Roach is retiring??? Right after Zendaya’s contract with LV??? Oh, we are done for. pic.twitter.com/eKAmcqjfZF
— ????????????.???? (@italybutoncrack) March 14, 2023
Some feel that Roach may actually just need a break from his intense schedule. After a busy awards season, he may just need some time for self care, and not necessarily a permanent retirement. Given his wide range of clients, some Twitter users assume that this is the case.
Is this a RETIREMENT retirement or just 'I need a break and I'm venting'
— Shayna (@MsShaynaT) March 14, 2023
One Twitter user resurfaced a clip of Law Roach discussing his relationship with the high fashion world. He expressed that he aims to maintain his own career with no strings attached, given his self-made approach to the industry.
Resurfacing this clip of Law Roach talking about his relationship with fashion.
For no particular reason pic.twitter.com/C4EEdsEQsl
— a soakin clock (@MikelleStreet) March 14, 2023
The clip is what has led many to suspect that a fashion feud is at play, and is responsible for his retirement. This theory led some fans of Roach’s work to place blame on other stylists and publicists for his retirement, which others disagreed with.
I bet the stars that he’s styling aren’t even the problem. It’s always the ones around the causing the issue
— MANGO QUEEN ???????? (@_wtfDEONNA) March 14, 2023
Law Roach later clarified that Zendaya was not the cause of his choice to retire, and that he plans to continue styling her.
So y’all really think I’m breaking up with Z….. we are forever!
— LAW ROACH (@LUXURYLAW) March 15, 2023
Several of Roach’s other celebrity clients are yet to comment on his retirement, including Celine Dion.