If you’re anything like we are, you’ve got a friend or two who always inspires you with their all-out chicness. For us, that friend is Alexandra Lind Rose. Every time we see the New York-based designer –invariably rocking a party frock like no one else can –we find ourselves in a tizzy of dress envy. And no wonder: when she’s not collaborating with other designers, Rose is known to whip up darling dresses, skirts, and trousers just for herself. “I think it’s really important to look at the holes in your wardrobe,” she explains, “and think about what silhouettes could really upgrade it and make it more interesting.” We couldn’t agree more. Here, the sweet and stylish Rose grants us a glimpse inside her Manhattan closet to reveal her all-time faves.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is feminine and polished, but a touch disheveled.
What inspires you designs?
I design things that aren’t already out there in the market, and that really helps me fill holes in my wardrobe. For example, if I’m looking for a specific kind of skirt and I can’t find it, a lot of times I’ll design it in a few different fabrics and have it made. I think that’s what keeps my wardrobe fresh and interesting – it’s applying your own personal silhouette to the looks of next season.
What's your daily uniform?
I always wear dresses and heels. I kind of jump around [in terms of designers] –anything from Celine to Tibi to Oscar, Celine, and Jil Sander –but it’s always a dress. They vary from fitted to structured to looser, depending on what I’m doing. Some days I’m more comfortable than others, and the silhouette’s a little looser. I wear a lot of sweater dresses because they’re comfortable. [Clos-ette tip: to avoid misshaping, fold sweater dresses instead of hanging them. Then use our handy Shelf Dividers to keep them in place.]
What’s your favorite sartorial memory?
I have so many. One was when I found this great vintage Yves Saint Laurent carwash skirt – but it was too long and kind of frumpy, so I wore it as a strapless dress all season long. I put turtlenecks underneath, and at night I’d wear it bare with necklaces. It just seemed to work with everything.
What has a permanent home in your wardrobe?
My collection of Oscar de la Renta evening dresses. I’m extremely particular about quality, and they’re all so exuberant and timeless –I just wear them over and over again. I just always have a great time when I wear them. [Clos-ette tip: when your favorite evening gown gets back from the dry cleaner, remove it from the suffocating plastic bag, throw away the wire hanger, and store it on one of our hangers, stat!)
What are your favorite accessories?
To be honest, I am not really a jewelry person – I am much more of a hair and makeup person. So for the past few years, I have really accessorized more with hair pieces like crystal headbands and barrettes with chains on them. I just find if I have a really pretty hair clip or something, it just completes an outfit better. It’s more interesting.
Whose closet would you like to raid?I would raid Daphne Guiness’s. I think her wardrobe would be spectacular. I love her look because she is really polished, but it’s so different.