Celebrity stylist Law Roach retires at the peak of his career



Jada Flores

Fashion stylist Lawrence “Law” Roach, known for working with celebrities like Zendaya, Celine Dion and Bella Hadid, announced he is retiring from styling via an Instagram post on March 14.

 “My cup is empty… thank you to everyone who’ve supported me and my career over the years,” the stylist said on Instagram, showing his gratitude to those who trusted him with their image.

“If this business was just about the clothes I would do it for the rest of my life but unfortunately it’s not!” he continued.  Roach explained the lies, politics and false narratives affected him.

“You win… I’m out.”

The post left fans confused as to who “you” was referring to since he gave no further context. Even celebrities and friends of the stylist were seen in the post’s comments asking and begging Roach not to retire.

In an interview for New York Magazine, the stylist confirms that he is retiring. But he assures fans he isn’t retiring from the fashion industry, only from celebrity styling.

This news led to fans spiraling on Twitter regarding what this meant for his work with Zendaya. The two have been linked together in the fashion world since 2012.

“So y’all really think I’m breaking up with Z….. we are forever!” he said in a tweet, confirming he will continue to style the actress.

In the 11 years working with Roach, Zendaya has become one of the most influential people in fashion, on and off the red carpet. Roach received the inaugural Stylist award at the 2022 CFDA awards and has become one of the most notable male Black fashion stylists in America.

In a field dominated by white female stylists, Roach hustled his way to where he is now.

He started by selling vintage clothing and, little by little, worked his way up in the industry. His major break was working with Ariana Grande on her music video “7 Rings.”

The stylist is known for pulling archived couture pieces, such as a white Tom Ford dress made for the Gucci Fall ’96 collection, which Bella Hadid wore at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Similarly, he also pulls fresh off the runway pieces, exemplified in Hunter Schafer wearing her look from the Ann Demeulemeester Spring ‘23 show to the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

“I’m not happy. You know. I haven’t been happy honestly in a really long time,” he replied when asked by New York Magazine on why he chose to retire at the peak of his career.

He explained his troubles with the industry as there happens to be miscommunication between him and his clients.. Roach said there are multiple lines of people he has to talk to for clients.

He would get booked, not hear from the client and then suddenly. get released. The clients would claim that he left them with no communication, even when he reached out multiple times to them and their team. He blamed this on the “gatekeepers” of Hollywood.  This proved arduous for him for many reasons, one being how he likes to develop relationships with clients, but this bureaucratic process stops that from occurring.

His last big styling job was for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. “My last works of art! I’m going to miss doing this job but my sanity/mental health is more important” Roach said on Twitter. He posted pictures of his last work, which included looks from Megan Thee Stallion, Hunter Schafer, Kerry Washington, Haliee Steinfield and Eve Jobs.

“So I’m Calling these ladies my FINAL FIVE!!!! So grateful to them all.”

Through all his success, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. “I’ve never been celebrated by my own people” Roach said regarding recent recognition by Black establishments.

After the post was published, he said that he was finally able to take a deep breath.