Over the past nine years, Law Roach has grown to become one of the most respected stylists in Hollywood. He’s dressed Priyanka Chopra for Vogue covers and brands campaigns, Megan Thee Stallion for red carpets and private events, Ariana Grande, Celine Dion, and more. Lil Durk sitting courtside in the skateboard sweater by JW Anderson? That was because of Roach. But his most notable client is probably Zendaya, whom he has outfitted in showstopping looks for countless Met Galas and award shows since they first connected when the Euphoria star was just 14 years old. His work has been so notable that he was the recipient of the first-ever Stylist Award at 2022’s CFDA Fashion Awards.
Roach had come a long way since being the owner of his own now-defunct vintage shop, Deliciously Vintage, which he ran from 2009 until he moved to Los Angeles in 2014. And he isn’t just known for his behind the scenes work with some of the biggest celebrities. Besides his styling work, he’s also appeared as a judge on seasons 23 and 24 of America’s Next Top Model and HBO’s voguing reality competition Legendary from 2020 to 2022. Yet on March 14, after years of establishing his place in the fashion world as a self-proclaimed “Image Architect,” he took to Instagram to abruptly announce his retirement.
“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,” read the caption of Roach’s now-deleted post.
The rumors swirled as to what exactly Roach could be referring to soon after, a seat at a Louis Vuitton show, a client at the Oscars, but ultimately Roach says a lot of it had to do with not being able to properly grieve his 3-year-old nephew who passed away two years ago.
“I retired because I got overwhelmed and that I’ve never got a chance to properly grieve a great loss,” he tweeted out on March 21.
With new wrinkles and interviews being added to the situation daily, we decided to break down what has been going on in the world of Roach since his retirement from celebrity styling.