The self-proclaimed "image architect" was a New York Fashion Week and Met Gala MVP.
"Can you see how long it's going to take me to get there," famed stylist Law Roach asked his publicist on Sunday evening, while he was sitting in the bathroom at the Mark Hotel on New York's Upper East Side, for a touch-up before the Tom Ford show.
Although it is now 7:42 pm and the show was scheduled for 8 pm. across town at Lincoln Center's David Koch Theater; although the Met Gala was less than 24 hours away and several of Mr. Roach's clients had outfits still unfinished; although he didn't even choose his own gala outfit, or even change to the one he was about to wear for the Mr. Ford show, Mr. Roach was calmly drinking wine.u mint tea.
"No caffeine, no cocaine " he said. "Just adrenaline, love and passion.
His publicist used his phone to assess the traffic and got an estimate of 13 minutes, which according to the laws of fashion meant Mr. Roach was ahead of schedule.
"It won't start by now it never does, "said Mr. Roach, who has braided hair, is on trend and at the time, was wearing a long gothic Nike skirt and a white t-shirt with a high neck. V.
Ten years ago Mr Roach said he lived in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn ("when it was still Bushwick , not east of Williamsburg "), sneaking into fashion shows in Bryant Park and" cleaning "(ballroom scene - talk to steal) clothes from Gucci, Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger in thedepartment stores.
Today he creates celebrity covers for W and InStyle, and has a client list that includes singer Halsey and Celine Dion , racing driver Lewis Hamilton (whose table at Met Gala would only be black creations, including Mr. Roach), actress Kerry Washington and actress Tiffany Haddish.
Recently a man started texting Mr. Roach pretending to be Stevie Wonder. For obvious reasons, Mr. Roach thought he was trapped and did not respond. But that was Mr. Wonder and now it seems likely that they will work together too.
Over the past year and a half, Mr. Roach also starred in the HBO Max series " Legendary ", a kind of " RuPaul 's Drag Race ", in which some of the biggest houses in the ballroom scene - La Maison Saint Laurent, Maison de Ebony, The House of Ninja - compete for catwalk supremacy.
Her oldest association, with actress Zendaya, resulted in a clothing line with Tommy Hilfiger in which Mr. Roach has a big hand. Earlier this year, the Hollywood Reporter named it the i most important fashion stylist. Image On the way. Credit ... Isak Tiner for the New York Hours
As a black teenager growing up the South Side of Chicago with a mother according to him was addicted to alcohol and drugs , there was no exhibition to the world in which it now circulates freely.
"The only magazines in the house were Essence, Ebony and Jet " he said , removing her skirt and donning a dark Tom Ford suit and a long leopard-print coat. On her wrist was a gold watch from Chopard, donated by Chopard. On her middle finger was a gold ring from Jacob & Co., offered by Jacob &Co. It was written "Law" in all caps.
"For my generation, these jobs were not viable," he added, donning a pair of Rick Owens boots which would later be pulled from his feet by an assistant. “The way it worked was, you go to school, you become what you need to be to get benefits for 40 years. This is what we have been told, so this is what we are trying to do.
This is why, after graduating from high school, Mr. Roach attended Chicago State University, where he graduated from high school. declared having obtained a degree in psychology. Then he decided to open a second hand clothing store in his hometown, Deliciously Vintage.
Around 2010, a friend introduced him to Zendaya , then a 13-year-old actress who appeared on the Disney Channel sitcom "Shake It Up ".
He started dressing her; they became inseparable. He also became a big spectator of " The Rachel Zoe Project ", a Bravo reality TV series centered on Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig, who has risen to the next level of the business not by making high profile shoots for magazines, but by dipping clothes on tabloids like Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan and watching them sell out immediately.
A lot of people in the company have their noses covered. Mr. Roach, who saw it as the ultimate story of what was possible, said 'traveled to Los Angeles and rushed to build her client list.
In 2017, Ms. Dion's reputation as the queen of schmaltz had to be given a facelift.others, other clients have joined her list: Chance the Rapper, Mary J Blige, Ariana Grande and Mrs. Haddish.
Instagram has taken power away from magazines , who rarely allowed celebrities to choose their own stylists. Now people were realizing that the path to Mr. Roach's
Some of his connections - y understood with Ms. Grande - were transient. Celebrities are fickle, especially with people in the service industry who become their best creations. For a time, his association with Ms. Dion faded, although he was apparently back with her to work on her next show in Vegas.
He even worked a few times with Anne Hathaway, whose previous stylist, Ms. Rosenzweig, hadn't exactly welcomed Mr. Roach to arms orgreen. "I'm not going to say that I was disappointed," he said of his meeting with Ms. Rosenzweig. "I wouldn't say she wasn't nice.
Mark 's clock was approaching 8 p.m. On the bed next to it from Mr. Roach were a pink crocodile Birkin bag and a Chanel jacket that had been thrown aside like a used t-shirt.
"I can't not handle this, ”his publicist said, placing the jacket on a hanger.
Mr. Roach's phone rang. It was Mr. Hamilton's manager who informed him that Mr. Hamilton, who had been in an accident this weekend, was heading to the airport and would be in New York around 5 a.m.
The door rang and Mr. Roach answered. “My videographer,” he said. "Well, actually to Lewis.
He said to the man, "too late ", and the 'returned.
He made his way to the elevators, where he checked himself in the mirror again. " So sexy "he said.
Soon he was installed in an Escalade bound for Lincoln Center, holding a personalized Tom Ford face mask that he would soon forget in the car, a debit card he would leave later in a hotel bar and a Birkin bag which remained in his possession mainly due to the diligence of his army of over 20 people, who kept calling him on two cell phones ( one was missing that night).
There were last minute changes with the guests at the Met Gala. And delays at the tailors . On FaceTime, Mr. Roach and his assistant, Cassy Meier, had a fight over a fabulous ric swatch.
"Je n ' didn't ask for black and gray "he said, as Ms. Meier twhat she had. "I asked for black or gray.
Ms. Meier moved the garment and Mr. Roach spotted a shade underneath that he liked. "What is this? " He said.
"The carpet," she replied
“Well, get your way off the mat,” he said. "And please, for the next few hours every piece of information has to go through you. That way we don't make mistakes. "
Interns, he continued, caused more problems than solutions.
The car drove down Central Park West. When asked what type of boss he was, Mr. Roach responded with one word. : "Hard".
With only a low street he said he was going to Paris for the shows and not to bring Ms. Meier beforeec him and let her go afterwards.
"Have you seen 'The devil wears Prada'? "he said. " That 's exactly what it was. "
The car reached Lincoln Center. Mr. Roach came out and was greeted by young women carrying a black clipboard. "I forgot my mask," he said, adding profanity. Luckily the staff had some blasphemy. others at hand.
Photographers lined up to take his picture. Fashionable students pressed against barricades shouted his name. "C 'is Zendaya ' s stylist "said one of them, as Mr. Roach posed for photos.
Another him yelled directly: " I love your hair. "To which he replied," I love your face. "
When he walked into the David Koch Theater and ran a Singlestairs, it became apparent that it was on time.
Guests mingled outside on a terrace, sipping cocktails. Mr. Roach was greeted by Sally Singer, Head of Fashion at Amazon; a Hollywood agent who wanted to put him in touch with a client; and Jennifer Hudson, whom Roach recently spruced up for InStyle.
"Happy Birthday ", he told her.
"This is my 40th," replied Ms. Hudson.
"The new 20", did he declare. (Mr Roach claimed he was 35, his publicist later said 36, and
Around 8:30 am, he walked to his seat, the lights went out and a cavalcade of ready-to-wear models inspired by Studio 54started parading across the room.
As a male model clad in glittery gold passes by, Mr. Roach - who ricochets between indifference and exuberance, by turns completely jaded and above all else - began to applaud. "I found out," he said. “He was my nurse in the emergency room. Now he is the face of Tom Ford's menswear! "
Subsequently, Mr. Roach returned to the streets.
With his car stuck in traffic nearby, several Black students wearing monogrammed Vuitton and Dior clothing felt the opportunity to ask Mr. Roach for photos and pictures. career advice.
He was friendly to everyone - somewhat surprising given that on "Legendary " he seemed to amplify his urge, burning down the competitors who work his nerves and fail to bring him to the ground.
"I'm the Simon Cowell figure," he said. "I don't feel bad about it. Everything I do comes from passion. I want everyone to be awesome, and you Unfortunately, someone has to come home. It's like that. If you have the chance, be prepared. "
The car pulled over and took him to the Plaza Hotel to meet Alton Mason, a model, for a late fitting evening. Mr. Roach had talked about what else he wanted to accomplish. His own show. His own line of clothing. Interiors.
In short, he said: "Everything.