No one dresses for date night quite like Beyoncé, and for a night out at West Hollywood foodie destination Sushi Park with husband Jay-Z, the new mother of twins brought a bit of runway chic to a strip-mall setting. Beyoncé arrived dressed in a striped wrap dress by contemporary label Alexis with a plunging neckline, puffed sleeves, and seersucker print―and made it her own thanks to the use of several statement accessories. Layering on gold necklaces, a pair of white cat-eye sunglasses, and a logo-covered Louis Vuitton x Supreme clutch, Beyoncé added swagger to a summer style that could have seemed standard.
Knowing how to spice up a look is a skill, but sharing an ensemble creatively on social media takes talent. And in addition to posting a pair of sultry snaps taken from across the table that night, Beyoncé gave fans an all-angles video of her outfit set to Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up,” taking her selfie game to the next level. Her biggest accomplishment with the look, though, might have been wearing the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration in a way that feels fresh. By avoiding the monogram jackets and hoodies that have been embraced by seemingly every influencer the last few weeks in favor of the stark, graphic bag, she proved that the most important accessory isn’t a must-have designer piece―it’s a fresh point of view.
The latest cosmetic surgery trend? The ‘Melania makeover’
Every time has a face or two that come to represent what we are supposed to find most beautiful (usually: white and thin). Now, with depressing inevitability, it seems as if Ivanka and Melania Trump-inspired faces are climbing the most-wanted list at plastic surgeons’ clinics. Norman Rowe, a surgeon in Manhattan, New York, has been seeing several women a month who cite Ivanka as their face inspiration, although, to be clear, we are talking dozens here rather than thousands. “I never saw [anyone who wished to copy Ivanka’s face] before the primary,” Rowe told celebrity website Page Six, “since the summer of ‘16 … [it has been] maybe four a month; one a week.”
Some women, said Rowe, were spending up to $40,000 (£30,000) on temporary fillers and Botox, and up to $50,000 (£37,000) for more invasive procedures such as rhinoplasty and cheek implants. Earlier this year, Franklin Rose, a surgeon in Houston, Texas, told USA Today: “Ivanka is sort of the new style icon for plastic surgery.” (He also reportedly offers a “Melania makeover”.)
In the UK, Tijion Esho, who founded the ESHO clinic and specialises in non-surgical procedures, says he has had “a few clients” who have mentioned Ivanka as an inspiration – one was someone who had met her recently and was taken with her jawline.
He says it is physically possible to change one’s face into something closer to a celebrity’s, as long as there are enough structural similarities to begin with, but he says it would be unethical. “When someone says they want to look like someone else, your first concern should always be: has this person got body dysmorphia? Are they trying to attain something that isn’t realistic?”
Last year, Julian de Silva, a London-based surgeon, created a picture of his “perfect” face, made up of a record he claims to have kept of the most-requested celebrity features. The most popular nose was the Duchess of Cambridge’s, while other patients asked for Keira Knightley’s eyes, Penelope Cruz’s lips and Miley Cyrus’s forehead.
In the more than 10 years he has been practising, Esho has seen trends of celebrity faces come and go, at least for female patients. For a while, he says, “everybody wanted to look like Angelina Jolie. Then people wanted to go for a Jennifer Aniston look – softer. Then it was Jennifer Lopez – fuller features.” In recent years, he says, the Kardashians have been the most influential, “where people want [strong] brows, strong cheekbones, larger lips – more exaggerated features”.
It has a lot to do with exposure, says Alan Matarasso, a cosmetic surgeon in New York – and, yes, over the last year he has seen an increase in the number of patients who mention the Trumps when talking about what they would like to change about their faces. “There’s no question that whenever an attractive, popular figure appears in the media a lot, you will get this,” he says. “It’s human nature. It’s not exclusive to these two women, but [they] are front and centre now. But I could get all the exposure in the world and I doubt people will be walking into plastic surgeons’ offices wanting to look like me. So they also happen to be the right look at the right time.”
Hats off: why the beret is back on the frontline of fashion
The beret is… divisive. I know this first-hand, as I wear them regularly, in black, grey and raspberry. And while much discussion may be found online as to the angle at which one should be worn (pulled forward, or jauntily to the side, or covering your whole head, your hair croissanted up inside), of more help I think is the following tip. The trick to wearing a beret is to avoid eye contact with strangers. Then, when they shout something at you such as, “Bonjour!” (you’re from Hove) or, “Ooh Betty!” (you’re too young to get the reference), it’s far easier to pretend you haven’t noticed and carry on walking. Because in your head you’re Marlene Dietrich, as opposed to “all French people”. You’re Faye Dunaway. You’re Debbie Harry, pretending she’s Patty Hearst, pretending she’s a leftwing terrorist called Tania, with a machine gun and a cosy head. You’re Rembrandt, idiot.It slides in and out of favour, the beret. The first examples were found by archaeologists in bronze age tombs, with berets also seen on sculptures in 12th-century Europe. Some were bigger, some floppier, but all were made of felt, the oldest form of cloth, created by pressing wool, hard. Shepherds used to fill their shoes with tufts from the sheep; as they worked and sweated, felt was made. Berets were adopted by peasants, then royalty, then the military, then artists. But in 2002 the market had all but dried up – 40 years earlier there had been 15 beret factories in Oloron-Sainte-Marie (France’s beret capital); by then there was just one. “We suffer from the savagery of fashion,” said Bernard Fargues, head of Beatex, the last beret maker in town. Which means today their luck could be changing. The beret is back.In Maria Grazia Chiuri’s A/W 17 collection for Dior, every look came topped with a beret – the models were styled as romantic revolutionaries – and Rihanna wore hers in the front row, too. Vogue said the beret is “shaping up to be one of Fall 2017’s most ubiquitous items for gals and guys”. Which of course I applaud. Because there are few accessories as odd as the beret, few that signify conservative uniform as well as revolution and rebellious rock’n’roll. I mean, my dad has a beret. No, he has two, one French, after Picasso, one Spanish, like a Basque separatist. I’ve worn one since I was a child, photographed gazing wistfully out across a reservoir, then at art school, and on days when it rains. I lean towards a beret worn with buoyancy, after Princess Diana, and one fitted snugly, like Eddie Izzard protesting against Brexit.To list famous beret wearers is to moodboard the entire 20th century: Benny Hill, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Spencer, Ernest Hemingway, Che Guevara. It’s hard to make a list like this and not imagine the dinner party, and the absolute laugh they’d all have. Jean-Paul Sartre, Monica Lewinsky, Johnny Rotten, the Pink Panther, posh schoolgirls, Edith Piaf, the Black Panthers, Beyoncé, mime artists, all of them balancing a nippled plate of felt on their head as if marching off to battle.A beret is perceived as a hat with power, whether the power to remain poised in a storm or to keep your hair on tight while you change the world. Today, with all that baggage, it is also perceived as a bit mannered. A bit whimsical. For example, a lot of Tesco’s fancy dress costumes come with a small polyester beret. We once bought a beret the size of a Pringle for my late cat (RIP). So, much as I love them, I understand the desire to roll an eye at the sight of one approaching on an urban street. For a hat that can fold up to the size of an Oyster card, this one comes with a lot of crap to carry around. But it’s worth it, as long as you realise that by wearing a beret, you’re always on the frontline.