We caught up with another one of our favorite stylist friends, Monica Rose. Monica is stylist to everyone’s favorite family, the Kardashians. Yep, Monica is the stylish eye behind Kim Kardashian’s coveted looks. Luke first met Monica back in 2004 while they were both assisting mega stylist Carol Beadle on the Nelly featuring Christina Aguilera video for the song Tilt Ya Head Back. That was back in the day of big budgets, long hours, and casts of sometimes hundreds of background actors. Its great to see how those years in the trenches of video styling have paid off. Now Monica Rose is a household name in the world of celebrity stylists.
We managed to steal Monica away from the Kardashian girls for a few minutes to get her perspective on her career and the business of wardrobe styling.
School Of Style: What made you want to become a stylist?
Monica Rose: Styling was something that came very naturally to me. I honestly could not see myself doing anything else.
SOS: How long have you been styling?
MR: I have been styling for 8 years.
SOS: Who are some of the artists that you have worked with?
MR: Through the course of my styling career I have worked anyone from Taryn Manning, Michelle Rodriguez, Rebecca Romjin, Kevin Bacon, Gabriel Union, Keri Hilson, to Kim Kardashian.
SOS: Who have been some of your favorite directors/photographers to work with?
MR: Lionel Deluy he was the first photographer who believed in me and gave me my first job. Patrick Hoelck, Jack Guy, Chris Applebaum, Michael Muller
SOS: How did you get your start as a stylist?
MR: Honestly, I got my start as a stylist by working in retail. That was definitely where I got my hands on training working with different body types, figuring what clothes worked on the different clients I had.
SOS: How long did you work as an assistant?
MR: I really did not assist anyone. I took it upon myself to teach myself everything, and believe me I made many mistakes.
SOS: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
MR: Everywhere! People I see on the streets, movies, magazines, and clothing pretty much anything that catches my eye.
SOS: What was your most memorable experience as a stylist?
MR: I have to say when I saw my name in my first fashion editorial. It was so unexpected. I picked up a magazine at a news stand and was flipping through the pages and saw a test I once did with a photographer that I thought was going no where just in my book. I saw in bold letters styled by Monica Rose. It was an emotion experience because I was going through a tough time debating weather I should pursue styling because i felt I hit a wall. That was a great moment. Of course I didn’t have enough money to buy the magazine at that time but I knew that was going to drive me to work harder. I knew that was only the beginning.
SOS: What is your favorite aspect of the job?
MR: My favorite aspect of my job is making my client feel beautiful and confident in anything I style them in
SOS: What was your most disastrous experience as a stylist?
MR: The time my car was towed with $60,000 worth of jewelry inside right before a shoot. I thought my car was stolen. I almost had a heart attack!
SOS: What is you least favorite aspect of the job?
MR: Early call times. I am not a morning person
SOS: What is your greatest (styling) accomplishment so far?
MR: My greatest “styling” accomplishment so far has to be Kim Kardashian’s style transformation. She is my muse. Her personal style was completely different before I began working with her, but she is so open minded and willing to take fashion risks. It’s rewarding to see the evolution of her style and see she has grown into her own sense of style. It’s all about baby steps.
SOS: Do you have a signature style?
MR: I would say my signature style is a mix of feminine and edge. Regardless of which clients I work with I tend to bring those elements out in them. I can’t help myself.
SOS: What is your favorite piece in your closet right now?
MR: My favorite piece in my closet right now is my high-waisted leopard harem pants from H&M. I am kind of obsessed with them.
SOS: What trends do you love right now?
MR: I am loving Ponchos, Capes and Chunky knits for Fall.
SOS: Any trends that you are completely over?
MR: One shoulder or one sleeve anything … Done!
SOS: What qualities do you look for in an assistant stylist or an intern?
MR: When looking for an assistant I look for someone who is hard working, willing to commit to long days, and can keep me organized.
SOS: What are your worst assistant pet peeves?
MR: My worst pet peeve in an assistant is when an assistant’s is not honest with me, is tardy, has excuses for everything, and complains a lot. I cannot deal!
SOS: What’s your best advice for someone looking to get into wardrobe styling?
MR: The best advice I can give any aspiring wardrobe stylist is to really understand the amount of work it takes to be a successful. It is not all the “glitz & glam” reality shows make it out to be. It is long hours, a lot of physical work, and working against the clock always. Patience is the key in this business and stay humble. Don’t let your head swell up cause it will get popped real quick! lol
SOS: Where can we see your work?
MR: On the Kardashians and my blog