Famous for dressing the Kardashians and other A-list celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, LA-based stylist Monica Rose’s work can’t be missed when scrolling through your Instagram feed. Rose is the next best thing to happen to celebrity wear since Rachel Zoe, outfitting the most photographed women in the world. Her created looks have since taken the fashion world by storm as the masses have taken on her monochromatic and minimalist look.
BAZAAR has acted on behalf of us all to ask the power stylist a few questions about her work, personal taste and wardrobe MVPs.
Check out the interview below:
Describe your style in 3 words. Effortless. Essential. Evolving.
Who are your style icons? A mix between Bianca Jagger, Jane Birkin and Kate Moss.
What's your wardrobe MVP? My black motorcycle jacket.
Trademark accessory? Black choker—'90s revival.
If you could only wear one designer the rest of your life who would it be? The Row.
What would you never wear? Flip flops.
Go to evening look? Leather pants, sexy blouse and statement coat with a red lip.
Daytime uniform? Skinny black distressed jeans, grey tee and a moto jacket… I have zero time to get myself together during the week.
Do you wear a favorite piece to death? My black Karen Walker oversized sunglasses and my cropped Laer brand moto jacket.
How did you get your start in styling? I have so much love and passion for what I do—it has always come naturally to me. I started styling in 2003. At the time, I was working at a retail store on Robertson and knew that after working in retail for so many years I needed a change. I did everything I possibly could, from management to opening stores and working with a stylist in studio services and training sales associates. I would even help some clients organize their closets. I would do anything creative and productive just to keep myself busy. I just loved working one-on-one with my clients. I loved working with stylists that would come in and pull for different projects. Back then, not too many people knew about styling as an occupation— I didn't even know stylists existed before I moved to Los Angeles. Mind you, this was before social media and it was not public knowledge that celebrities were being styled all of the time. I was so fascinated by the idea and knew deep down in my heart I could do it, but I was so scared because I had no idea where to start.
Are there certain types of looks the photograph best? Anything tailored to perfection! Khloe just had a NYC press tour for her new show Kocktails with Khloe show and every single look was tailored to perfection so every angle photographed looked epic! I think that is key— even my street style looks are tailored for my clients' bodies.
What should girls steer clear of? Unflattering clothes! Know your body and dress for your body type. I think girls these days don't know how to dress for their bodies and want to wear certain trends that just don't work. If you're uncomfortable and worrying about what you are wearing it's probably not the best choice for you!
What is one no-fail styling trick you have? I take everything in at the waist and I always use my tailor to fix everything. I think that's why my styling can translate as very polished. I try to perfect every look with my tailor.
How do you like to use color? I love color but definitely have to be in a mood for it and it has to be something special. I've been into red lately. I do tend to stick to neutrals, it just always looks so chic.
Images and interview courtesy of: HarpersBazaar.com