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Meet Ariana Grande's New Stylist

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Ariana Grande

The AMAs marked her first collaboration with Law Roach, who also is responsible for Zendaya's killer clothes.

Ariana Grande made a big debut at Sunday’s American Music Awards, but it wasn’t a new boyfriend or hairstyle — it was a new stylist. It appears that Law Roach, also known as Zendaya’s one and only stylist, is the new man in her life.

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Roach revealed to Pret-a-Reporter that he was introduced to Grande through her publicist, whom she shares with Zendaya, and that he first met her last week during a rehearsal for her AMA performance. “I got a chance to sit and listen to her warm up and go through the number and dance. It was really exciting,” says Roach, who adds that he quickly realized she “is one of the funniest people I have ever met.”

 

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Their first interaction? “I said, ‘I didn’t know you were that funny!’ and she’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m really funny.’ She said she really loved my work as an artist and I told her I loved her work as an artist. It was super chill and informal.” For her red-carpet look, the stylist — who also works with Ruby Rose and Willow Shields — says the petite singer’s only request was that she look “pretty.”

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Their fitting was Saturday night, and they narrowed down the options to two, which included the black and pale pink Giambattista Valli Couture frock she eventually chose the next morning. “We decided to sleep on it and see how we felt in the morning. As soon as we saw each other’s faces in the morning it was like, ‘That’s the one.’ We had a synergy already.”

Roach adds that he’s hopeful they will go through awards season together since they gelled from the start. “Her fans and her music are her first priorities, and I got that right away. The AMAs wasn’t about the look for her, it was about nailing her performance.” That left Roach to do his thing and know that she trusted him to handle the fashion side of things.

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If his almost five years with Zendaya is any indication, Grande should have nothing to worry about. Roach says by now Zendaya is like his “annoying little sister,” and also “style soul mate.” They’re so in tune, he says, “I can literally bring her one dress and she’ll be like, ’Is this the one? Yeah, let’s put it on.’ I’ve never met anyone at her age with that much confidence.”

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