“Everywhere I went — pick up, drop off, lunch, wherever I was — everyone was always wearing leggings,” says Lucy Sykes between cappuccino sips at Charles Street coffeehouse The Elk, in Manhattan’s West Village. “Even mums at school looked like J. Lo.”
If you live in New York and are a living, breathing, semi-observant individual, you’ve experienced much of the same: The fitness craze abounds, and nowhere more than within the fashion pack.
While perhaps eye-roll-inducing for the rest of us, the phenomenon served as inspiration for Sykes’ new book “Fitness Junkie,” her follow-up to 2015’s “The Knockoff” with writing partner Jo Piazza.
Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
“Everywhere I went, people would ask me, ‘How much weight have you lost?’ Literally, it was like, ‘0, 20, 10!’” Sykes says. “One of my really good friends was like, ‘I have been on a vegan diet for a month. Look at my abs!’ It’s everywhere. I would try to buy some water and there would only be bubbly water or lavender water for $20. Food just started being really expensive. My Zara bills were like restaurant bills — my outfits would cost as much as food.”
Sykes, the former fashion director of Marie Claire who