Law Roach and Zendaya are “forever.”
On Tuesday, the iconic celebrity stylist rocked the fashion world when he announced that he would be retiring. Ever since, fans have been worried that this meant his mesmerizing partnership with award-winning Euphoria actress Zendaya would also come to an end.
Yesterday, Roach set the record straight on Twitter. He wrote, “So y’all really think I’m breaking up with Z….. we are forever!” In a second tweet, Roach added, “She’s my little sister and it’s real love not the fake industry love.”
Then he posted a GIF of Celie and Nettie from Stephen Spielberg’s 1985 film The Color Purple, playing in a field of flowers with the words, “me & u must neva part💕,” with the caption, “Literally me and Zendaya….”
While the stylist didn’t specifically confirm that he will still dress the starlet each time she hits a carpet, Roach opened up about his decision to retire in a new interview. He spoke about the decision ahead of making his runway debut at the Hugo Boss Spring/Summer 2023 presentation in Miami on Wednesday evening.
Literally me and zendaya…. pic.twitter.com/Ve2dnyzpsW
— LAW ROACH (@LUXURYLAW) March 15, 2023
“I’m not saying I’m retiring from fashion,” he said. “I love fashion. I love the businesses, and I love being creative. What I’m retiring from is the celebrity styling part of it: the being in service and at service of other people. That’s what I’m retiring from.”
He continued, “I work and live in a bubble, in which my clients are my priority, more so than my own health and happiness. And, in my mind, you know, I was doing this [making his statement of retirement] just to relieve some pressure for myself. I’ve done everything I wanted to do in this career. I’ve received all the awards, the accolades, I’ve changed people’s lives…And I just feel like, I’ve had enough, you know?”
The self-described “image architect” shared the news on social media on Tuesday writing, “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. ❤️❤️❤️”
Fashion luminaries quickly filled the comments section, expressing their love and begging Roach not to quit. Fellow celebrity stylists Karla Welch and Maeve Reilly simply commented, “No,” while Brad Goreski wrote, “Don’t do it LAW. We need you!❤️.” Elizabeth Stewart added, “Call me if you need to talk!❤️❤️❤️❤️.”
Designer Christian Siriano commented, “Absolutely not,” while Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli wrote, “No way.” Famed editor Edward Enninful assured Roach that he “will always have a home @britishvogue ❤️,” and supermodel Naomi Campbell left an inspiring message, “Law I won’t let you!!!! We don’t quit .. strived too hard.”
Roach explained to the outlet that the outpouring of love his announcement garnered was “overwhelming.”
His statement came just two days after he styled Hunter Schafer, Megan Thee Stallion, Kerry Washington, Hailee Steinfeld and Eve Jobs for the 2023 Oscars afterparty.
Roach is responsible for some of the most memorable celebrity style moments of the last few years. Throughout his career, Roach’s top clientele has included the likes of Celine Dion, Tom Holland, Tiffany Haddish, race car driver Lewis Hamilton, Priyanka Chopra, Keke Palmer, Anya Taylor-Joy, Bella Hadid, Emma Watson and Zendaya, who Roach has worked with since she was 14 years old.
Always one to understand the assignment, Roach took home the inaugural Stylist Awards at the 2022 CFDA Awards, and was dubbed the industry’s “most important fashion stylist” by The Hollywood Reporter in 2021. That same year, Zendaya took home the CFDA Fashion Icon Award, lauding her right-hand man’s sartorial efforts in her acceptance speech. “Thankfully, when I was 14, I found my co-director of sorts. One who saw what I did and sometimes, more than I ever could have imagined on my own, that being Law Roach. My fashion soulmate, historian, and constant inspiration, thank you for pushing me to see all of myself and teaching me how to do so fearlessly.”
The award-winning stylist got his start as a vintage broker, collecting and curating rare finds. Roach’s client list exploded after he opened his first boutique, Deliciously Vintage with locations in both his native Chicago and Harlem, New York.
Zendaya and Roach have been known for consistently pulling together beautifully curated ensembles from the past. In fact, many of Zendaya’s archival style moments were pulled from Roach’s vast personal archives, including the past works of Bob Mackie and Yves Saint Laurent.
Most recently, the Golden Globe winner wore a Versace black gown with lime green accents from the Italian fashion house’s Spring/Summer 2002 Couture collection, and recreated a Prada ensemble from the Spring/Summer 1993 collection for the 2023 NAACP Image Awards in February, with help from Roach.