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Bergdorf Blondes

It takes one to write one: English-born fashion writer and New York "it girl" Plum Sykes had more than a little working knowledge of the subject matter behind her debut novel, 2004's Bergdorf Blondes. A satire about the fashionable circles in New York City, it focuses on a few caricatures of real socialites — one being Julie Bergdorf, the blond-dyed heir to the real-life Bergdorf Goodman store, who was based loosely on retail heiress Elizabeth Woolworth.