Law Roach Discusses His Retirement As A Celebrity Stylist, His Plans For The Future And His Spectacular Debut As A Boss Model
A few hours before Boss’s waterlogged parade by the sea in downtown Miami, we found Law Roach very busy backstage. What he wasn’t doing, however, was his regular job, the one that has made him one of fashion’s most visible and celebrated creatives: editorial and fashion stylist. celebrities. She went to the city to model for the first time.
It’s been 36 hours since Roach published a post on Instagram announcing his retirement, due, he argued, to certain “political and false narratives.” The news then caused a wave of general consternation in the sector followed by endless bets and unsubstantiated questions about what would be the reason for his departure: Is it because they seated him in the second row at a fashion show? Could he have had a dispute with one of the clients that he has transformed for the better with his work? Will he leave the industry entirely? whatWTF? Instead of speculating Vogue Roach has spoken about the reasons for his decision.
Congratulations on your new adventure: you are about to debut as a runway model.
“Yes, I am excited and nervous. And deeply grateful. I thank the Boss team for seeing in me something more than the one who saw all those big celebrities.
Today it is you who they dress and not the other way around. It should be interesting, because instead of telling the story, you are part of the story that someone else is telling.
“I’m letting go of power and control. And that’s okay. Because I’ve done it so many times I understand how it goes. Let’s take Naomi as an example [Campbell], who is also here tonight. When I’ve worked with her, she goes and says, “What do you want me to wear?” She doesn’t walk into the room saying, “I’m going to wear this, this, and this.” She brings out the professional that she carries inside of her. She always asks what do you want me to wear? What do you want me to do? It’s what I’ve learned from Naomi and other legends and icons I’ve worked with, that you have to trust the professionals and let them do their job. And that’s how I came to this [desfile de Boss]: whatever you want, I wear what you want; I’m not going to say anything”.
It must be a liberation to be able to relax the creative muscle that you have been tensing for 20 years…
“Twenty years old? I’m not that old! My age is on the internet everywhere, so who knows! But I reckon I’ve been working in this industry ever since I moved to LA. And I came to LA in 2014: that’s where my career began”.
Please sorry! I’ve been terrible with numbers! So we are talking about almost a decade. In your Instagram post you used the word ‘retire’, but what we’re seeing tonight seems more of a transition of sorts…
“I’m not saying I’m retiring from fashion. I love fashion. I love doing business and I love working on something creative. What I withdraw from is the styling of celebrities: of being at the service of other people. I’m retiring from that, yes.”
You were quite enigmatic in your post. You left a void that people are filling with a lot of love ever since…
“Yes, the amount of love I have received has been overwhelming. Because I also work and live in a bubble, in which my clients are my priority more than my own health and happiness. And, in my head, see, I did it [anunciar su retirada] just to take a little pressure off me, right? I was in the car and I made a decision. I said to myself, ‘You know what, I’ve done everything I wanted to do in this race. I have received all the awards, the accolades, I have changed the lives of many people… And I feel that we have come this far, you know?’. So that Instagram post wasn’t a PR stunt. He was actually giving me permission to say, ‘That’s it. You can do something else.”
It was a way of taking care of yourself…
“That’s it. And that turned into something else I wasn’t prepared for. I’ve received an outpouring of support, a lot of text messages and DMs that I still haven’t answered because I can’t take it anymore. There are even fans who tell me that my work makes them happy. And people I’ve worked with have told me: ‘No, don’t quit because we love working with you.’ Lots of things like that… It’s super nice. And it made me even more excited about today, working with Boss and being given the opportunity to show a different facet, you know?”