Plum Sykes
British fashion writer
Plum Sykes
Victoria "Plum" Sykes is an English-born fashion-writer, novelist and New York socialite. "Plum" was a childhood nickname (the Victoria plum being a variety of that fruit).
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PHOTOS: 120 Years Of Vogue Weddings
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When a ritzy celebrity gets married — Ivanka Trump, say, or Lauren Bush — and the photos don't surface within a few weeks, you always know: Vogue got the exclusive and will publish a pretty spread of the bride and all her trappings sometime in the coming months. Vogue also loves to profile weddings of those on their own masthead, which is a convenient by-product of hiring well-to-do, beautiful women from fancy families (see: Plum Sykes, Lauren Santo Domingo, Claiborne Swanson Frank, and Marina Rust). Now Vogue has assembled their bridal coverage into a new book, titled Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers, which is full of lovely pictures of weddings that cost more than the average American home.
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"Bergdorf Blondes"... este es vuestro lookbook ( y lo adoramos) - Trendencias (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Chanel, Dior McQueen, Wang (Vera) o Wang (Alexander), Givenchy o Cavalli, Versace o Prada... aquí las etiquetas tienen muchos ceros y sus compradoras su propio mote: las Bergdorf Blondes, como definió a estas mujeres Plum Sykes, colaboradora habitual
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Duchess of Cambridge designer favorite comes to L.A. - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Hooker has a shop just off Kings Road in London, which is a favorite with Brit "It" girls Plum Sykes and Jemma Kidd. Los Angeles is the latest stop in a multi-city trunk show tour for the designer, who is focusing on expanding her business in the US
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Subscribe to our RSS feed: - Artnet
Google News - over 5 years
As told to Tom Sykes, brother of fashion writer Plum Sykes (another of Issie's privileged pals), the best that can be said for this biography is that its title is right on the money. By interviewing family members, friends, acquaintances and his wife's
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REMIX; Match.com
NYTimes - over 5 years
It started when my very Parisian friend, staying at my New York apartment, hand-washed her lingerie and neatly hung the coordinating pairs along the shower rod. Bras and panties in tandem styles: frilly florals by Only Hearts, nude sheers from Eres and a hot pink number that could have only been from Agent Provocateur. So French, so chic. I
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Painswick village in the vintage valley - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Those in the know – including socialite and novelist Plum Sykes, who rents a house nearby – browsed Painswick's gem of a fabric shop in peace. “A lot of interesting and clever people live around Painswick,” confirms Jamie Dalrymple Hamilton of
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Match.com - New York Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
“I only started buying sets when I got married,” says the author and Vogue contributing editor Plum Sykes, remembering a pistachio and cream lace combo she fell in love with on the Rue des Saints-Pères in Paris. “Young women today seem to be more aware
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GIMME SHELTER - New York Post
Google News - over 5 years
British novelist Plum Sykes might have written the book on “Bergdorf Blondes,” but celebrity stylist John Barrett is the man who chemically created them. Now Barrett, of Bergdorf Goodman's top-floor John Barrett Salon, wants to sells his snazzy
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Kate Middleton - Vrouw Online
Google News - over 5 years
Plum Sykes van Vogue zegt dat Kate's kledingkeuze ervoor zorgt dat ze er zo dun uitziet. 'Kate is niet te dun, maar door dure kleding met goede lijnen lijkt ze langer en dunner.' Er net zo uitzien als Kate kost een hoop geld
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Kate Middleton's Favourite Designer Katherine Hooker to Design Exclusive ... - Style Clone
Google News - over 5 years
Apart from having the famous royal, Kate Middleton on her fan base list, she has also built up quite a large celebrity following which include the Countess of Wessex, Sarah Brown, Yoko Ono, Jerry Hall, Kirstie Allsopp, Plum Sykes and Jemma Kidd
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Gražioji užpakalinė karališkosios šeimos pusė - Lietuvos žinios
Google News - over 5 years
Britų visuomenės ekspertė Plum Sykes aiškina: "Pippa pataikė į dešimtuką. Ja domisi vyrai ir drabužių dizaineriai, ji turi viską, tik ne svarbias pareigas. Ji - princesė be visų neigiamų papildų." 2008 metais žurnalas "Tatler" garsiausių viengungių
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Die Upper East Side Prinzessin - Royals in New York - styleranking (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Hier ist ein besonderer Frauentyp zu Hause: die Upper East Side Prinzessin, die manchmal auch Park Avenue Prinzessin genannt wird, wie im Roman von Plum Sykes. Die Autorin charakterisiert die Park Avenue Prinzessinnen in ihrem Buch folgendermaßen: "Sie
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Smurfs up: The Smurf renaissance - Evening Standard
Google News - over 5 years
Generation Smurf writer Plum Sykes once memorably described the diet of New York socialites as "less food than you'd give a Smurf". Comedians David Walliams and Matt Lucas have a Lou and Andy sketch in which Andy insists on wearing his Smurf outfit to
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Plum Sykes On The Hazards Of Being Pretty - The Frisky (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Plum Sykes, a Vogue writer/author of Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée/former model for Alexander McQueen, on the “either/or” assumption in our society that a woman has to be pretty or intelligent. Sykes knows a thing or two about being
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Ralph Lauren's Run Comes To An End - Jezebel
Google News - almost 6 years
[NYRB] Plum Sykes, by all evidence one of Anna Wintour's favorite writers, has this to say about Kate Middleton's wedding dress: "I was really pleased that she chose Alexander McQueen because it made her look like she's got great taste
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Plum Sykes on Snobbery, Vogue, and Hating Chick Lit - New York Magazine
Google News - almost 6 years
Vogue contributing editor Plum Sykes is much goofier than you'd expect of someone so immaculately composed. Over breakfast last week, in between large bites of her chocolate croissant, she did impressions of the following people, complete with funny
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Three New York Times Top Authors Add to Amazon Kindle Singles - PDF Devices
Google News - almost 6 years
Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes with a narrative reminiscence of her first term at one of the world's top universities Oxford Oxford Girl – diving into an alien setting where high running emotions, snobbishness and artificiality go hand in hand,
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A MYHABIT-Forming Evening with Vanessa Hudgens, Plum Sykes, Jenny Lewis, and ... - Fashionista
Google News - almost 6 years
Curious to know whether any of the evening's attendees actually did much online shopping of their own–we were there to fête an e-commerce launch, after all–we caught up with author/Vogue contributing editor Plum Sykes. “Honestly,” she laughed, “most of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Plum Sykes
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 42
    In the April 2012 issue of Vogue, Sykes writes of her three-year struggle with anxiety disorder and agoraphobia after the birth of her children, a condition which rendered her unable to work or to maintain her social life or passion for horse riding.
    More Details Hide Details Sykes admitted "I had visited doctors and consultants and had tests, procedures and scans, but no one could tell me what was wrong... I felt terrified, mentally and physically I was jelly. I was afraid to do anything. "Take some Xanax", said one doctor, 'it's anxiety". Sykes attended an anxiety recovery programme developed by anxiety expert, Charles Linden, which she cites as the solution that returned her to working for American Vogue and a full and active social life. In the article, Sykes says 'I started The Linden Method... and felt better almost immediately... I took the girls to the park and pushed them on the swings, something I hadn't been able to do for two years... now more than a year later, the anxiety has not returned."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 36
    Sykes and Rowland had their first child, Ursula, in October 2006 and their second child, Tess, in June 2010.
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    A second novel, The Debutante Divorcée, was published in 2006. Sykes publicised it with an array of personal appearances at stores in New York (Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Frederic Fekkai, Ferragamo, Neiman Marcus and Oscar de la Renta). The Debutante Divorcée appeared in paperback in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Some have seen Sykes' books as lying in natural succession to Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell's column in the New York Observer, which was the inspiration for a highly successful television series (HBO 1998 - 2004). However, despite their satire, others have regarded them as too rooted in Sykes' own Park Avenue "set" to be reflective more generally of women's lives in post-9/11 Manhattan. Anita Loos' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) is perhaps a closer, if incomparable, antecedent.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    In 2005 Sykes married British entrepreneur Toby Rowland, son of businessman "Tiny" Rowland, at Sledmere House, her family's ancestral home (1751) in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
    More Details Hide Details Her dress, with an eight-foot train and hand-sewn roses, was designed by Sykes' friend and protégé of Isabella Blow, Alexander McQueen. Sykes was sometimes described as a muse of McQueen; she modelled for some of his earliest catwalk shows, as well as for photoshoots of his designs. Before her wedding, she wrote an article for Vogue about shopping for suitable lingerie for her wedding night, an article that included reference to a "$900 bra" Six years later some fashion journalists (anticipating correctly the chosen designer) claimed that Catherine Middleton had been inspired by Sykes' wedding dress to choose Burton to design hers for her marriage to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge., although others suggested that the inspiration was that (also in 2005) of Sara Buys to William's stepbrother, Tom Parker Bowles.
  • 2002
    Age 32
    Lucy Sykes married Euan Rellie, a New York-based investment banker, in 2002.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 27
    In 1997, Sykes became a contributing editor on fashion for American Vogue, of which Anna Wintour, also British, had been editor-in-chief since 1988. (It was this period at Vogue that inspired Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel The Devil Wears Prada.) Sykes soon became a familiar figure on the New York social scene, being frequently described as an "It girl".
    More Details Hide Details A decade later, at 38, Sykes reflected that "when you hit 30 you lose your edge": invited by the Times to comment on the late-1990s trend for ultra-high heeled shoes, she observed that "these weird space-age shoes look cool and trendy and are a way of getting back to some degree", but that "this type of trend is not a classic version of beauty. Men want women to be sexy. They'd be happy if we were all model Gisele Bündchen, but that's just not fashion". The world of New York fashion was the setting for Sykes' first novel, Bergdorf Blondes (2004), which was one of the most successful examples of "chick lit" (or "chic lit" as some dubbed Sykes' writing) and sold a quarter of a million copies worldwide. It took its title from the Bergdorf Goodman store in Upper Manhattan, founded at the end of the 19th century.
  • 1993
    Age 23
    In 1993, Sykes became a fashion assistant at British Vogue.
    More Details Hide Details She was featured that year, with, among others, designer Bella Freud and model Stella Tennant in Babes in London, in a photographic shoot by the American Steven Meisel (responsible in 1992 for the singer Madonna's controversial collection, Sex), which was produced by the rising fashion guru Isabella Blow (1958–2007).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 18
    In 1988 she went up to Worcester College, Oxford, where she graduated in modern history.
    More Details Hide Details She has published a short memoir of her unsettling first term at university (Oxford Girl, 2011). Sykes' mother Valerie Goad, a dress designer, separated from Sykes' father Mark while Plum was at Oxford. The effects of this left her impecunious for a while and she received assistance from Worcester to remain at the college. Sykes' grandfather, Christopher Sykes (1907 - 1986), whom she knew as "Fat Grandpa" or "F.G.", was a friend and official biographer (1975) of the novelist Evelyn Waugh and son of the diplomat Sir Mark Sykes, sixth baronet (1869 - 1919), associated with the so-called Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916, by which Britain and France provided for the partition of the Ottoman Empire after the end of the First World War. An 18th century forebear, the second baronet, Sir Christopher Sykes (1749–1801), was a major figure in the enclosure movement that transformed the appearance and management of the English countryside.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on December 4, 1969.
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