Over the past year or so, several young, attractive Brits that go by the lovely name Poppy have surfaced in New York society. Herewith, our weekly guide to keeping all the Poppys straight!
Last week, the Daily Transom introduced Poppy de Villeneuve, a British socialite and photographer currently residing downtown. This week, we chatted with Poppy Delevigne, who, despite her similar-sounding last name, socialite status, and career in fashion, is an entirely different Poppy. (Incidentally, these two young woman attended the same school, Bedales in West Sussex, and have even worked together in the past.)
Ms. Delevigne, 22, is a British socialite and model who has shot campaigns for Anya Hindmarch and Myla lingerie and has appeared on the cover of Tatler magazine. She is the daughter of Pandora Stevens, head of personal shopping at the Selfridges department store.
Since moving to New York last year, she too has found that New Yorkers have had trouble telling her and Ms. de Villeneuve apart.
“I don’t really find it frustrating,” she said of all the confusion. “I had someone come up to me a few weeks ago and they congratulated my beautiful photographs seen in the Telegraph. I really wanted to take credit for them but then thought it’d be better to be honest!”
Ms. Delevigne briefly lived at the Upper East Side apartment of the Duchess of York, then on the Bowery. Just last week, she moved into a more permanent residence at Broadaway and Broome Street. The move was difficult, said Ms. Delevigne, especially since she did it on the days surrounding the very socially important New Yorkers for Children spring dinner dance, where she was photographed alongside socialite Byrdie Bell and Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo. (She even admitted to a little snafu concerning her Alberta Ferretti dress, which she accidentally wore backwards. A mistake she learned of only the following day.)
Of her pretty last name, Ms. Delevigne said, “My mum was a bit of a hippy, need I say more?!
“It takes a while for people to understand what I’m saying. I get ‘Puppy’ a lot. Bobby quite often. Then I mention it’s a flower and still no idea. Then I say opium and people seem to understand. It’s hilarious!” she said. “I think it’s suddenly become very popular out of nowhere really. A lot of my friends are calling their babies Poppy at the moment.”
Ms. Delevigne has adjusted well in New York, having recently been photographed at the Topshop opening a few weeks ago with Julia Restoin Roitfeld, at the Brian Reyes show with New York socialite Lauren Remington Platt during fashion week, and at a Barney’s party with the Misshapes’ Leigh Lezark a few weeks ago.
“It’s fun,” she said of her seamless ascent into New York society. “New Yorkers know how to work hard and play hard so I’ve kind of jumped on that band wagon and am loving every second.”
And she is getting booked quite often through her agency, Elite, and has been busy taking acting classes in her spare time.
“I don’t think I’ll stay in New York forever, however much I’d love to,” she said. “But I won’t be going anywhere just yet. I promise.”