Last week we saw the retirement of one of the all-time greats in the world of celebrity styling, Law Roach.
Now, we are learning more about what led to that decision, and what things didn’t lead to it.
Shortly before the legendary stylist announced his retirement on social media, a video clip went viral online showing him seemingly being slighted when he wasn’t given a front-row seat at Louis Vuitton's recent Fall 2023 ready-to-wear show.
In the video, you can see Roach and his longtime friend and client Zendaya arriving at the fashion show, with Zendaya finding her seat in the front row. When Roach, who usually sits next to her at events like this, approaches and doesn’t have a seat, he looks confused.
Many people who saw the video thought it looked Like Roach was angry he wasn’t given a front-row seat, leading some to speculate that the event helped lead to his early retirement, which he said was because of “the politics, the lies, and false narratives.”
Zendaya sends Law Roach to second row seat at Louis Vuitton showyoutu.be
Now, he’s clarified what actually happened and how he actually felt.
Roach explained to The Cut that he and Zendaya were running late to the show because of traffic and were already feeling anxiety because Zendaya “is really respectful and doesn’t like people to have to wait on her.”
He explained that he wasn’t mad, he just felt confused about the situation and where to sit.
“Even for years, like, I’m always used to sitting next to her. And so, in my mind, my seat was next to her. So when I got there and it wasn’t, you know, it wasn’t a problem, but there was nobody to tell me where my actual seat was,” he said.
“And so the seat behind her, when you see her turn around and touch the seat, it wasn’t her telling me to sit there, it was her telling me like, ‘That’s Darnell’s seat,’ which is her assistant. I’m not gonna sit in Darnell’s seat. So then where does he go?” he continued. “And so I was standing there — I was really just kind of confused.”
“Somebody was like, ‘Law, you have to sit,’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know where I’m sitting,’” he added. Roach also wanted to clarify that he has no problem with Zendaya or Louis Vuitton.
Law Roach on His Sudden Retirement From Celebrity Fashion Stylingwww.youtube.com
“That became really tough, because it made people think that Zendaya wasn’t taking care of me and wasn’t making sure I was taken care of,” he continued. “And then it became this thing with (director and executive vice president of Louis Vuitton) Delphine Arnault. I was like, Where did that come from? And so, now I have a beef with LVMH, and there’s no beef with LVMH.”
“Delphine and the Arnault family have been so kind to me. Like, even after the show, we went to the after-party. I had a whole conversation with her and congratulated her on her move to Dior. She sent me a beautiful bag, and it’s like, there’s no beef,” he concluded.