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Stylist Law Roach to Receive 2021 Gem Award for Jewelry Style

Events & AwardsJul 02, 2021

Stylist Law Roach to Receive 2021 Gem Award for Jewelry Style

The “image architect” works with A-list clients like Zendaya and Céline Dion and has been named Stylist of the Year.

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Law Roach, a self-described “image architect,” styles some of Hollywood’s best-known names using fine jewelry. He will receive the 2021 Gem Award for Jewelry Style, Jewelers of America has announced.
New York—Jewelers of America and the Gem Awards Committee has announced the recipient of this year’s Gem Award for Jewelry Style: celebrity stylist Law Roach. 

The Gem Awards honor the outstanding achievements of individuals or companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches.

Law Roach not only wears and loves fine jewelry but also styles Hollywood’s biggest names with it, increasing consumer exposure to and desire for fine jewelry. 

According to Business of Fashion, Roach started his fashion career at his now-closed Deliciously Vintage boutique in Chicago. 

In 2009, Kanye West visited the store, bringing the attention of the paparazzi and fashion insiders. 

Roach was eventually introduced to Zendaya in Los Angeles, and she became his first client. From there, he built his own network of clients, including other A-list names like Kerry Washington, Anya Taylor Joy, Naomi Osaka, Tom Holland, and more.

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He is credited with powering Céline Dion’s 2016 transformation into a fashion maven.

In 2017, he became the first Black stylist to appear on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s issue about the most powerful stylists in Hollywood; he also appeared on the list itself.

He made the list again in 2018 and 2019

This year, the publication named him Stylist of the Year—making him the first Black stylist to earn the top slot—honoring him not only for the looks he has created but also the “transformative effect” he’s had on the industry.

Roach, though, prefers the phrase “image architect” to describe himself—wording meant to reflect the “shifting role of celebrity dressers,” according to an article from The Guardian, when social media can take one look viral overnight and red carpets are also political platforms. 

He has served as a judge for the TV show “America’s Next Top Model” and HBO Max’s vogueing competition show “Legendary.”

“Law Roach is a jewelry icon for today’s time,” JA Director of PR and Events Amanda Gizzi said.

“(He) elevates jewelry every day through the wearing and styling of fine jewelry. The Gem Awards Committee knew immediately that Law Roach was perfect person to win this award, and we are honored that Law will be accepting the award on July 15!”

In addition to the Gem Award for Jewelry Style, JA will also honor the Jewelers’ Security Alliance’s John Kennedy with the Gem Award for Lifetime Achievement.

This year’s event will be held virtually, airing on Thursday, July 15.

Registration is now open. For more information and to RSVP, visit GemAwards.Jewelers.org
Brecken Branstratoris the senior editor, gemstones at National Jeweler, covering sourcing, pricing and other developments in the colored stone sector.

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