As much as the internet loves a feud, celebrity stylist Law Roach is not going to let conspiracy theorists get between him and Zendaya.
On March 16, Roach sat down with The Cut editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples to discuss the retirement announcement that shocked the fashion world. Earlier this week the famed stylist surprised everyone when he revealed he was stepping back from the “politics” and “lies” of the fashion business. With little else to go on, fans on TikTok and Twitter quickly began pointing to a recent video of Roach and Zendaya at a Louis Vuitton fashion show to explain his sudden exit. In the short clip, Zendaya is seated in the last available front-row spot while Roach appeared visibly unsure where to sit.
Despite Roach’s specifically calling out “false narratives” in his retirement post, many were quick to make assumptions that Roach felt spurned by the fashion house as well as Zendaya, who was seen in the video pointing to a seat behind her. Roach corrected these feud rumors almost immediately, but now he’s directly addressing the video.
During his conversation with Peoples, Law Roach explained that he and Zendaya were already flustered after getting stuck in traffic and running late to the show. “It was a lot of anxiety because Zendaya is really respectful and she doesn’t like people to have to wait on her,” Roach said. “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. 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? And so I was standing there—I was really just kind of confused.”
Roach went on to explain the importance of sitting next to Zendaya in order to gauge their feelings about the clothes in real-time. “That’s part of our relationship and our interaction, seeing the clothes together,” he said. “And you know, the little cues, and little such, like, that’s the look.”
Still, he was sure to explain that there was no tension between him and Zendaya, nor does he have beef with Delphine Arnault, the CEO of Christian Dior and daughter of LVHM CEO Bernard Arnault, who was seated next to the Euphoria star. “Somebody was like, ‘Law, you have to sit,’ and I was like, “I don’t know where I’m sitting,’” Law said. “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. And then it became this thing with 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.”
Just because Roach is “definitely, 100,000 percent retiring,” doesn’t mean his business relationship with Zendaya is over. “People will say, ‘Oh, you not gonna leave Zendaya.’ But I don’t have to style Zendaya to be a part of her team and her creativity team, right?” he said. “So maybe if I choose, you know, not to be her stylist, I can still be her creative director and I can still, you know, manage a stylist or however I choose to do it. I haven’t made a decision. She’s giving me the grace to be able to make that decision because we really have a kinship. Like, you know, we’ve grown up together. And that’s all I ever asked, was for people who I worked so hard for to just give me grace when I need it.”