Meet Marni Senofonte, the super-stylist who knows whats on trend way before you do
Breakfast with Marni Senofonte, LA-based super-stylist to Beyonc and Kendall Jenner, was never going to be a slice of toast. She emerges from the lift lobby in her smart Mayfair hotel, hugs me, finds us a corner table, takes off her sunglasses, hails a waitress and orders as follows: an almond milk cappuccino, a double-shot espresso, a cup of ice, some turkey bacon (Very, very burnt, please), a baguette with butter, mashed avocado on rye toast and fresh pineapple juice.
When the drinks arrive, Senofonte stirs two sugar cubes into the cappuccino, takes a sip and puts the cup down in its saucer, never to be touched again. A few moments later, she inquires after the double-shot espresso, which turns out to have gone into the cappuccino when she wanted it on the side. The double shot appears, and Senofonte pours it over the ice. Now she needs a straw. This arrives, along with the turkey bacon and the avocado toast, but the bacon isnt crisp enough, so it goes back. Senofonte cuts the avocado toast into tiny pieces, pushes them around the plate, but doesnt eat any. The turkey bacon reappears, crispier, but still not crisp enough. Thats OK, she says cheerfully. I dont really need to eat this stuff, I just need to smell it in the morning. She picks up a shard of the bacon in her pointed fingernails and waves it around like a cigarette for the rest of our conversation. By now, our table is almost collapsing under the piled-up plates, but the only thing Senofonte consumes is the double-shot espresso, which she inhales through the straw in one gulp. Thats the only part I really need, she explains. The cappuccino, thats only there to make me look like an adult.
Senofonte does breakfast the way she does everything: attention-grabbing, high-energy, ultra-perfectionist while flirting with crazy. Thats her vibe, even at 7.45am. After the visual spectacular of Beyoncs Lemonade album, the arresting Black Panther imagery of last years Super Bowl performance, a pregnancy-reveal Instagram post that became global breaking news, Beyonc is now not only significant as a #music artist, but also one of the most powerful visual influencers in contemporary culture. That makes Senofonte, who has been central to Beyoncs styling team since Lemonade, near as dammit the Anna Wintour of the social media age, in terms of the dominion she wields over what we want to wear. Those puff sleeves that are everywhere now, for example, may have begun on the catwalk, but took off when Senofonte made them a visual refrain in Lemonade. I go into Topshop or Zara now and its all pouffy sleeves, and Im like, we were doing that two years ago! she says, delighted. Tim White, who is Beyoncs tailor, and the whole wardrobe department literally wanted to kill me with all the pouffy sleeves I kept asking for. And now look! Im so validated.
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