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If you’re familiar with celebrity stylist Monica Rose, you’re well aware that she’s a Hollywood powerhouse.  And if you’re not, trust us, you know her work—she’s responsible for Kim Kardashian’s style evolution.

In addition to working with the entire Kardashian clan the veteran stylist also works with celebrities like Giuliana Rancic and acts as the key stylist for E!’s The Daily 10.  And most recently, she has added designer to her rap sheet with a capsule collection for Lovers + Friends due out this winter.

In our latest edition of Closet Confidential, we spoke to Rose about her style influences and essentials to what to wear for fall.  Read on for the exclusive interview and shop her style essentials in the slideshow above.

Lifestyle Mirror: How would you describe your personal style?
Monica Rose: Effortless.

Lifestyle Mirror: Who is your style icon?
Monica Rose: Bianca Jagger and, of course, my mother.

Lifestyle Mirror: What is your go-to outfit?
Monica Rose: Black skinnies, oversized tee with a leather moto jacket worn over my shoulders, topknot bun and fun accessories.  Super easy.

Lifestyle Mirror: Most recent purchase?
Monica Rose: Chanel Boy bag.

Lifestyle Mirror: Any accessories you can't live without? 
Monica Rose: I’m obsessed with my statement necklace by DylanLex and my personalized bracelets that are engraved with each of my kids' initials by Sarah Chloe and Dana Rebecca.

Lifestyle Mirror: Most treasured item in your closet?
Monica Rose: My mother's wardrobe staples from the 90's that she gave me: vintage Chanel, fur jackets and military inspired coats. 

Lifestyle Mirror: What trend are you most looking forward to wearing this fall? 
Monica Rose: Fall is my favorite fashion season.  It's all about layers, leather, boots, fur shrugs, and capes—I live for it all.

Lifestyle Mirror: What is the best piece of fashion advice you’ve either given or received? 
Monica Rose: Dress for your body type and don't let anything look forced on your body.   

Lifestyle Mirror: The one item every woman should have?
Monica Rose: A good tailor.

Lifestyle Mirror: What is your favorite movie-inspired fashion moment?  
Monica Rose: At 3 years old I was obsessed Grease!  I wanted to be just like Sandra Dee.  My favorite outfit was from her makeover moment at the end of the movie—ALL black everything!  I lived for makeovers, even at a very young age.

Lifestyle Mirror: If you could swap closets with anyone living or dead, who would it be? 
Monica Rose: Kate Moss.

Lifestyle Mirror: What should people splurge on? Save on?  
Monica Rose: Splurge on a good handbag—think of it as your baby, it never leaves your side.  You carry it everyday and night—it’s the best investment ever.  Save on accessories—costume jewelry can look expensive if you wear it right.   

For more information on Monica Rose and daily fashion inspiration, visit her website MonicaRose.com (make sure to check out her blog!) and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

By Courtney Porkoláb (@C_Porkolab)

More expert style advice:
Celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez’s style secrets
Rachel Zoe on how to shop pre fall
Elyse Walker on what to buy for fall

 

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