Five Minutes With: Lucy Sykes

Lucy Sykes is a talented artist who hails from the world of fashion. She has worked as a stylist, editor, and fashion director. For six years, she was fashion director of Marie Claire and then went on to serve as fashion director for Rent the Runway. Lucy is also the creator of her eponymous children’s clothing line, Lucy Sykes New York which is sold in more than one hundred luxury retailers across the globe. Lucy moved to New York from the United Kingdom with her twin sister, Plum Sykes, who also happens to be an author, over twenty years ago. She currently resides in New York with her husband and their two children.

In addition to her glamorous career in fashion, Lucy is known as the co-author of the national Best Selling book, The Knockoff, which she co-authored with her writing partner Jo Piazza. After the tremendous success of their first book, Lucy and Jo set about writing their second book, Fitness Junkie, which officially hits shelves on July 11th and is debuting to rave reviews. I am so excited to dig into my copy on the plane to Paris next week! Fitness Junkie chronicles one woman’s obsession to fix her entire life by losing thirty pounds and trying every fitness fad along the way. We’ve all been there in one way or another. Fitness Junkie is just the type of delicious satire that I like to devour while on vacation. 

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Lucy Sykes: High energy and natural. I would also say “American Euro,” as I love the European undone with the American gloss.

{Lucy at Home in New York as featured on One Kings Lane}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

LS: Right now Hulu, Instagram, and Memoirs. I am inspired by strong women such as Joan Juliet Buck, her book has stung me like a hive of crazy bees. The beautiful writing and courage blew me away. I am obsessed with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tale, it’s a book I’ve read three times. Hulu has released a series based on the novel starring the extraordinary Elizabeth Moss. This interpretation of Atwood’s book is equally visually and mentally stunning. I have to pace myself with how many episodes I can watch in one sitting.

Girls on the street inspire me too. I find myself taking sneaky pictures of their shoes and hair. I am also inspired by my different tribes: book club, work out class, mom friends, fashion friends – all of them are the only reason I have two books to my name – everything that I write I heard somewhere!

{Two of Lucy’s Favorite Book}

PC: What was the best vacation you ever went on? Why?

LS: India was the best holiday because I thought I would hate it but I fell head over heels in love. The people, the hustle, the beauty, the realness. There is a magical atmosphere in India and it totally stole my heart.

{The Beautiful Bar Palladio in Jaipur}

PC: If you were forced to live in a hotel for a year, which one would you choose?

LS: I think I would like to retire to The Carlyle. It is old school and up-town which is very different than the life I currently lead in the West Village. I have always adored the Cabaret, the staff, the high tea, and the rooms are grand and spoiling.

{The Always Chic Carlyle Hotel}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

LS: I try to be good most of the time, but I love birthday cake. The best are from Magnolia Bakery. I am a big pudding girl. Eton mess, or anything with whipped cream is hard to resist. But really, my guilty pleasure which I indulge in way too much is caffeine. I worship deliciously high quality coffee and will travel for the perfect macchiato. Toby’s on 5th Avenue and 22nd Street has the best coffee and baristas down town!

{Scrumptious Cakes from Magnolia Bakery}

 

PS: How would you like to be remembered?

LS: As a good egg.

{Lucy at Home in New York as featured on One Kings Lane}

PC: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

LS: To be good, you have to be obsessed. 

{Lucy’s New Novel, Fitness Junkie, Co-Authored with Jo Piazza}

PC: If you could pick six dream dinner party guests, who would you choose and why?

LS: The Obamas. For me, they are the most admired, authentic, spiritual humans on the planet. I would also say Ivanka Trump (though at a separate dinner party). I think it would be an incredible opportunity to listen to someone who I admire about their beliefs, but who I do not understand. Kim Kardashian. I am intrigued at how she did it. Halston, I wish I had experienced that time in fashion culture. The first high/mass celebrity American designer. Lady Diana. I want to know ALL of it, and I adore her strength and beauty.

{The Iconic Lady Diana Immortalized by Mario Testing in 1997}

PC: Which skill do you dream of mastering?

LS: My computer!

PS: What is your favorite recent discovery?

LS: Exercise!

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