The name is on the lips of two single name fashion icons you know, Celiné & Zendaya;
During last year’s couture week, Celiné Dion was just weeks into her partnership with “image architech”, Mr. Roach, and six months past the deaths of both her husband, René Angélil, and brother, Daniel Dion, who died of cancer within two days of each other. Roach said in a recent phone call with Vanity Fair,
“Céline has no fear. And when you have that type of energy, you have this attitude that we can do whatever we want and we don’t care who likes it or dislikes it. Fashion is supposed to be polarizing. It has to be overwhelming.”
Dion discovered Roach through her kids. They watched the Disney Channel sitcom, K.C. Undercover, starring 20-year-old Zendaya Coleman. After seeing Zendaya pop up on red carpets Dion Googled to find out who was dressing the star. Then she made a call to Roach.
“My first words were: Céline who? I don’t think I had dreamt that big of a dream. That this legend, this woman who we’ve all grown up to her music, that’s been around for 30 years, was calling me to work with me.”
He met with Dion at the Billboard Awards in May of last year. The next day she invited him to move to Paris for a month to work as her stylist for her everyday looks as well as her tour wardrobe and he’s with her ever since as evidenced by his Instagram.
“She also credits me, and what we did, and the clothes, and the shoes, and the bags, and the jewelry, and couture week, and the shows, and all that to helping her through her grieving process. I’m sure her grieving process will never be over. She’ll probably grieve her husband for the rest of her life because she was with him for so long. But she has said that what we did last year in Paris really helped her through that process. For me that’s more than anything else. That’s more than accolades, that’s more than being interviewed by Vanity Fair, that is something that I’ll take with me forever.”
Her emergence as a fashion icon came during this year’s Billboard Music Awards, where she celebrated the 20th anniversary of My Heart Will Go On. It wasn’t just her performance that commanded the spotlight. The dress was a couture piece by Stephane Rolland that wowed the audience and the internet in the aftermath. (The Wow Report’s James St. James had a fit over it!)
Even Roach admits that on paper that that dress
“doesn’t even make sense.”
Over the past few months, Dion has announced an accessories line, attended the Met Gala for the first time, and kicked off her 2017 tour. She’s seen all around Paris, sitting front row at Dior and Giambattista Valli, and waving to hoards of fans while perched atop of moving cars.
As Roach says, and, as you can see in these shots below, he’s
“always somewhere in the background making [sure] everything is A-OK.“
(Photos, Instagram; via Vanity Fair)