Fashion Week is a busy one for Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid, but it may be even busier for their stylist, Monica Rose. Over the years, Rose has become a name in her own right as stylist to the Kardashian, Jenner, and Hadid families, for whom she’s cultivated a distinct, enviable style, whether they’re walking a red carpet, headed to a fitting, or grabbing lunch. Fortunately, Rose thrives off of a packed schedule.
“I usually have a week or less to prepare depending on my client’s schedule,” Rose told VF.com over e-mail. “I feel like I usually work best under pressure, so sometimes the last-minute fittings are the best.”
Deciding what to wear during Fashion Week for in-demand models like Jenner and the Hadids involves a lot of planning, from pulling pieces off racks of clothes, to photographing every outfit, to collaborating with clients, to shipping everything out in time to avoid disaster, which sometimes works out better than others.
“UPS did lose three big boxes during New York Fashion Week for two very important fittings. It forced us to hustle to get even more samples during Fashion Week, which is just impossible because everyone is low on sample inventory,” she said. “It seems like there were a lot of crazy situations this past New York Fashion Week. I was told that Mercury was in retrograde, which I don’t really believe in, but in this case it was fun to have something to blame. I always have to tell myself not to stress because it always works itself out.”
But for every lost box, there’s a designer who’s willing to work directly with Rose for custom looks. “If my clients are confirmed to attend a show, I work directly with the designer to either custom design a special piece or create a look that no one else will wear that evening,” Rose explained. Ah, the perks of being a Jenner/Kardashian/Hadid.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Monica Rose works as a stylist for Bella Hadid. She does not. It also implied that designers provide free clothing to Rose’s clients, which is not the case.