It’s been less than six months since word got out that stylist Monica Rose had split from the Kardashian-Jenner family. The celebrity stylist had been working with many of the famous sisters for nearly a decade, shaping a signature aesthetic of ’90s-style cutout minidresses and chokers for the social media generation. But now that both parties have moved on to other sartorial pastures, it’s time to take a look at what Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie have been wearing for their subsequent sartorial evolution — and who, exactly, are the stylists behind it all. Read on to learn more about the ladies responsible for outfitting the most-watched-and-followed celebrity family.
If you’re tuning in to „Life of Kylie,“ you may have caught a glimpse of the youngest Jenner’s stylist Jill Jacobs. She assisted Rose before taking on the sole role of styling Jenner in 2016. Jacobs hails from a small town in Oregon and moved to Los Angeles to study at FIDM while juggling an internship with Revolve. The online retailer eventually gave Jacobs a full-time gig as a junior stylist, which soon turned into a head-stylist position until she was running all of women’s merchandising on Revolve’s website. After, she went on to do in-house styling and merchandising for brands like Kelly Wearstler and Monrow, in addition to styling magazine editorials on the side. But it was personal styling and shopping that Jacobs realized she loved the most. „I decided to focus on that route,“ Jacobs tells Fashionista. „All in all, about eight years later, here I am.“
Though Jacobs has had her fair share of highs and lows, she considers working with Kylie one of the big breaks for her career. „With Kylie, it’s definitely a collaboration,“ says Jacobs. „She has such great style and such a keen eye on her own. I always like to bring a lot of cool things to work with to the table — finding emerging designers or the dopest of the new that’s out. We definitely do a lot of looks and we’re always looking for different and fresh pieces.“
In addition to Jenner, Jacobs also works with Khloe Kardashian, Jasmine Sanders and makeup artist-turned-influencer Desi Perkins. While her clients are almost always in the spotlight, Jacobs says she does more styling for personal appearances rather than the red carpet. „You’re making sure everything is on point from every angle,“ says Jacobs on the styling process. When she’s coming up with street style looks, it’s much more effortless, and her go-to styling tip lately has been a „monochromatic vibe,“ whether it’s all-black, denim-on-denim or different tones of one color. „I feel like that always reads really well,“ says Jacobs. „You can never go wrong. I tend to be more minimal on accessories, too, like layers of dainty jewelry or a statement earring.“ Currently, Jacobs is hard at work prepping for a slew of Fashion Month appearances, which means we just might see Kylie and Khloe very soon at New York Fashion Week.
Consider it a big win for Kendall Jenner for hiring Marni Senofonte as her personal stylist earlier this year. In case you were living under a rock during the release of „Lemonade,“ Senofonte also works with Beyoncé (since 2013), in addition to Lauryn Hill, whom she’s been styling since the release of „The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.“
Before she began styling full-time, Senofonte, a native of Scranton, Pa., worked her way up in the fashion industry by assisting Norma Kamali in New York, where she got her first-ever styling gig for Salt-N-Pepa. „I was begging Norma, like, ‚Norma can I please bring them something to wear?'“ says Senofonte in an interview with WWD. „She’s like, ‚Go ahead.‘ So I just put one outfit together for each of the girls, not even knowing what racks of clothing you need — and they loved it.“
Senofonte is making waves with Jenner, probably her biggest client outside of the music industry. News broke in April that Kendall had hired Senofonte, and since then she’s taken the oldest Jenner sister’s style to a new level, consistently and seamlessly mixing streetwear, avant-garde silhouettes and ’90s-inspired accessories into one showstopping look.
Could you imagine styling Christina Aguilera during the early aughts? That’s just how Simone Harouche got her big break: In 2007, to be exact, she dressed up the pop star for a Vanity Fair party. Born and raised in LA, Harouche says fashion is in her blood because she grew up in the business: her father is a clothing manufacturer and her sister is a designer, which is probably why she switched career gears from studying journalism and photography at Parsons to focusing on costume design and styling. Harouche has been working with Kim for some time now, but the two are actually lifelong besties.
We’re big fans of Kim’s style transformation to a more understated and minimal aesthetic, but what’s more exciting is seeing her wear vintage pieces from the likes John Galliano, Raf Simons, Prada and Helmut Lang — pieces pulled from collector David Casavant’s designer archive. „She loves looking at vintage references,“ Harouche tells Fashionista. „The ’90s and early 2000s are big trends in current fashion, and being able to wear the original pieces that still feel fresh and current is a big draw towards vintage. If you take that, plus the fact that these vintage and archival pieces are literally one-of-a-kind, you can’t just find them in every store or press office — that is a huge benefit.“
In addition to working with Kim, Harouche also styles Chloe Moretz, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie and, even a decade later, Aguilera. And while Harouche is well aware of what’s having a major moment in fashion — she’s a stylist, after all — she admits that she doesn’t really stick to trends. „They come and go so quickly,“ says Harouche. „I like to stay true to classic pieces and silhouettes that honor each of my clients‘ individual perspectives on fashion.“ Agreed.
Dani Michelle got her start in fashion as an intern for Seventeen Magazine’s accessories department where she attended a photo shoot and learned that styling was actually a thing. „The rest is history,“ Dani tells Fashionista. „I graduated early and began my career from the bottom up.“ Her career took off when she styled Alex & Sierra, the musical duo who won the third season of „The X Factor.“
Dani has the pleasure of styling Kourtney, who, if we had to choose, seems like the most fun to dress out of all of the sisters. It’s clear that the oldest Kardashian sis has a strong eye for fashion, and she’s never afraid to experiment with her outfits, which she pulls off with ease. „I love working with Kourtney,“ says Dani. „We always have so much fun at our fittings. She knows what she likes, so we make looks that are authentic to her, while always pushing it some more.“
When it comes to dressing up for everyday and the red carpet, Dani points out that there is definitely a difference. For her, street style outfits are much more carefree, making sure that what her client wears „feels cool and chic.“ As for the red carpet, it’s more about tuning into what’s trending while balancing that with personal taste — and the tastes of those who will comment on those red carpet looks later. „As much as we want to say we are dressing for the award show, we are dressing for the viewers and critics,“ she says. Thanks for keeping it real, Dani.
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