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We got the pleasure to speak with celebrity stylist Law Roach about dressing La La Anthony for the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala and celebrity hair stylist Cesar Ramirez about doing her hair. Find out what Law shared below, and see Cesar’s hair tips on the next page!
“I’ve been a busy boy,” celebrity stylist, Law Roach said over lunch the morning of the Met Gala 2014. And with clients like Zendaya who performed at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, and had a slew of appearances like at Fausto Puglisi’s Bergdorf Goodman event as well as Brandy who had him to think for the head to toe Fendi look she sported on Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live,” he indeed has been a busy boy.
“It’s really cool to grow up listening to people and watching them on TV and then all of a sudden now you’re talking to them on your cell phone and then they’re texting you,” he went on to say, citing both Brandy as well as Monica as current clients that went from sort of on-screen obsessions to face to face clients. “You know, just how far fashion has brought me in such a short period of time. I have only really been professionally doing this, without doing anything else, for about a year and a half, if that. The journey is really exciting.”
On Monday, the last year and a half stretch of that journey got a crowning moment of sorts when Roach styled La La Anthony for this year’s Met Gala in a custom Cushnie et Ochs gown that, according to him, really got its start from his work with another client
“Lala and Zendaya have the same publicist and I’ve been getting little whispers that she’s been looking at my work, and that’s been going on for a while,” he recalled. Those whispers made themselves clear when one day she called him and after explaining that it was his ability to make his clients look different that was the selling point for her, requested that he start working with her.
“I did a couple of small things, some TV appearances, but the Met Gala is… I think as a stylist, I think everyone dreams of having a client up on that carpet.” The bi-coastal stylist (New York and Los Angeles with occasional stops at his Chicago home) went on to call the event the Grammys or Oscars of fashion.
For Monday’s moment, Roach started three weeks ago:”There was a dress that one of the editors of Vogue sent La La so that’s where we started.”
The dress undoubtedly contained Cushnie’s characteristic cut-outs and inherently sexy aesthetic but it was Law’s job to help incorporate that into a look that was uniquely La La Anthony and paid tribute to Charles James, the night’s spotlight designer. The result was a flourishing purple gown, with sleeves and bodice cut-out included. A dramatic and pronounced train nodded to James, seemingly modernizing his Butterfly Gown from the 1950s.
“It’s been a process,” the stylist admitted, having to travel back and forth to New York for fittings for the duration. “I’ve done custom before but nothing of this magnitude; I feel like the whole world is watching.”
Part of that process was of course finding the right jewels to pair with the gown. The choice: Lorraine Schwartz.
“Lorraine is very hands on,” he said of the designer who also provided an extra dose of glamour for Beyonce’s Met Gala look. “You go to the office and she’s doing like a million other things and she looks at the dress and she starts pulling out books. As a stylist, it’s almost like she’s doing your job for you but it’s such a honor because that woman, she knows.”
Roach is in no way done though. His clients will continue to have events and a need for his services and will likely bring more calls and whispers like with La La. Of course in this modern era of big business fashion styling, Roach makes no bones about wanting to eventually delve even more into the creative part of things.
“I definitely want a small line,” he said with enthusiasm. “I just want a small outerwear line to be honest, really cute jackets and coats. I don’t think that anybody actually does coats and just focuses on that. Really small, really high end, just a few pieces per collection. I don’t want to have to do eight collections.”
“I want to do what I want to do.” It seems that’s what has been working for him all along.