Plum The Princess

12:35 Susana Rodrigues 30 Comments

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Victoria "Plum" Sykes is a real "Park Avenue Princess" (in the modern sense). Although the fashion-writer and novelist was born in London (on 4 December 1969), she lives in Manhattan and is a familiar figure on the New York social scene, being frequently described as an "It Girl".
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Plum about New York: "New York is still very much like the city you read about in Edith Wharton and Henry James, with all those social rules and girls wanting to get married".
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She works for the glossiest of glossy magazines, socialises with the Park Avenue princesses she writes about, and sold her first novel for $600,000.
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"Plum" was a childhood nickname (the Victoria plum being a variety of that fruit).
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(Above) Fall 2004 rtw Michael Kors - Backstage..
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In 1993 Plum Sykes became a fashion assistant at British Vogue. 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, which was produced by the rising fashion guru Isabella Blow.
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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.

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(Above) American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine Andre Leon Talley, Plum Sykes and Vogue's Virginia Smith.
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In 2004, the world of New York fashion was the setting for Sykes' first novel, "Bergdorf Blondes" 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. To buy this book click here: Bergdorf Blondes
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Bergdorf Blondes Synopsis: If you think Brazilian is a nationality, that PJ's are pyjamas and that Beyond is somewhere far away, then you have never met a Bergdorf Blonde. Plum Syke's heroine is British but has moved to America, working for a glossy magazine. She takes us with her into the glamorous world of Park Avenue Princesses who careen through New York in search of the ever elusive 'Fiance', the perfect fake tan and that Chanel from the sample sale...
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Bergdorf Blondes Book Party (above).
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A second novel, "The Debutante Divorcée", was published in 2006. Plum 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. To buy this book click here: The Debutante Divorcee: A Novel
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The Debutante Divorcée Synopsis:
Lauren Blount's life is perfectly arranged: she's very rich, very young, very thin, very pretty and very, very divorced. The most glamorous of Manhattan's Debutante Divorcee set, Lauren captivates newly wed Sylvia Mortimer - which is no surprise after Sylvia's husband goes AWOL on their honeymoon. With New York's most notorious Husband Huntress setting her sights on Sylvia's man, a decision must be made: either subscribe to Lauren's 'Who needs a husband anyway?' philosophy - or stand and fight for her man....
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(Above) Plum Sykes attending the Chanel private party for her novel "The Debutante Divorcee".
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Some have seen Sykes' books as lying in natural succession to Sex and the City, Candance Bushnell's column in the New York Observer, which was the inspiration for the highly successful television series..
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Sykes married British entrepreneur, Toby Rowland, at Sledmere House, her family's ancestral home. Her dress was designed by her friend and protégée of Isabella Blow, Alexander McQueen, of whom Sykes was sometimes described as a "muse". Sykes and Rowland had their first child, Ursula, in October 2006.
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(Bellow) Sledmere House, looking northwards (Photograph by Andy Beecroft).
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Sledmere House is a Georgian country house, containing Chippendale, Sheraton and French furnishings and many fine pictures, set within a park designed by Capability Brown. It is located in the village of Sledmere, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
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(Above) Spring '08 NY Fashion Week Parties..
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(Above) Plum in a New York Party.
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Plum Sykes has a sister named Lucy, who moved to New York in 1996 and became fashion director of "Marie Claire", and later a designer of children's clothes. In the late 1990s the Sykes sisters were sometimes described as the "twin set", Plum later joking, with reference to the heiresses Paris and Nicky Hilton, that "Lucy and I were Paris and Nicky without the sextape". Lucy Sykes is married to Euan Rellie, a New York-based investment banker.
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Lucy Sykes on her wedding day..
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.(Above) High society in England took in the wedding of the year in 2002 at Christ Church, Chelsea in London. Lucy wore a Vera Wang wedding dress (her sister Alice Sykes wore Chanel and her twin sister Plum wore Alexander McQueen).
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30 comentários:

Great post, very interesting! She is beautiful and so chic!

Plum Skyes is actually quite famous in NYC. Her novel, especially Bergdorf Blondes, was reasonably well received, although people say she was trying to be the next Candace Bushnell (Sex & the City author).

She looks like Elle McPherson in that backstage photo at Michael Kors's Fall 2004 RTW.

Ale said...

I really love Plum Sykes!

I didn't know any of them...

Imelda said...

She looks so beautifull! And I love that name: Plum!

Great post!

Miss V. said...

Wow, she was really pretty when she was young. I have the book Bergdorf Blondes. It's not that good a book, it's not supposed to be anyway. But it's entertaining enough.

I have had the pleasure to meet Plum several times and she and her sister are just a delight. Smart and beautiful.

i love these socialite posts! keep them coming, they are great reads

Elisabeth said...

Wow, I wonder if I can steal her life!?

Moi said...

I have a serious girl crush on Plum! I have read and re-read both her books so many times.

i love her novels..i want to be like her..hahah..silly me

Mary-Laure said...

She has a lot of style but I really don't like her writing....

Kira Fashion said...

great woman!

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She is beautiful, she has a very welcoming face, and she is very stylish.

love her style! (and her books!)

The Seeker said...

Olá!
Obrigada por teres visitado o meu blog e comentado.
Que giro, não conhecia o teu, mas estou a gostar.
Por isso vou inserir no meu netvibes para poder espreitar sempre.
Obrigada pelos votos, espero encontrar já muita "coisa" para a P/V aí.
Engraçado também escreveres em inglês...

Well, feel free to stop by again.

In Yr Fshn said...

Never read her books, but I certainly know who she is... fascinating background! And also? This is embarrassing but you totally blew my mind with the whole Anna Wintour is British thing. Somehow, I had NO idea!

coco said...

She is one of the most chic women
I keep meaning to read her book, it looks pretty fun!
And I will get the email to you today!
x x x x

iñaki said...

What a great post!
You did a lovely work about this goddess of chicness!

xx

maveri_ck<3 said...

in eight years i hope to be like her... her fashion connections, writing books, and all her famous friends!

Cris Lazoru said...

I adore adore adore Plum! I've read both books and love them sooo. And everytime she writes something for Vogue, I get so happy.

C.

PS. Su; my email doesn't work anymore, can you email me to cjay07@hotmail.com, maybe that will work!

Tinsley said...

great post! She seems like the perfect Manhattan socialite but with much more substance
her articles are a little mundane to read at times but one of my favourite vogue article is written by her (she gets whisked off to paris to have her own signature perfume made by jean patou!)

Ondo Lady said...

I have read Bergdorf Blondes and I was not impressed. The book is vapid and shallow and I really hope Ms Sykes is not like any of the characters in the book. She looks like Mischa Barton in one of the pictures.

Oh I need to pick up one of her books!

atelier said...

she has a lovely life

Jillian said...

they really are park avenue royalty and both beautiful!

I think ill pick up one of her books I liked bushnells so these will be a lovely read!

Kikas said...

Adoro o estilo da Plum, é clássica mas muito bonita.
É muito o estilo da Charlotte no Sex and the city.
Já agora, fazes ideia se o segundo livro dela "The Debutante Divorcée" já foi traduzido para português e editado cá? Gostava de ler.

Beijos
Kikas

oi su!
obrigada pela sua visita no i'm not a fashion victim!
confesso que ultimamente tá meio dificil de mantê-lo atualizado como eu fazia antes, mas é muito legal receber visitas do mundo fashion!
Adorei os posts do Stilleto Effect!
Acompanho a dupla arrasadora Anna & Plum o Bergdorf Blondes - tenho post about it I think - é livro de cabeceira super duper! beijos e tks again!

Hi!

I´m Holly from Cool&Chic and I´ve discovered your blog. Is amazing! So I´ve added you to my blogroll. I hope you check my blog and do the same. A kiss

Baby Jess said...

how did you get to interview her? that's amazing!! love your blog!!