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Nick Ede's whirlwind account of New York Fashion Week
I love Fashion Week and this year proved no exception.
I packed everything and made sure I was red carpet ready with a facial by Nadia at Michael John and haircut by Nicky at Jo Hansford Salon.
Feeling fashion fabulous my friend Sarah and I boarded the 'fashion plane' - the London to New York flight that's packed with stunning supermodels ready to hit NYFW.
We checked in to the Grammercy Park Hotel and after a quick change it was time to hit the Style Awards at the Lincoln centre. I went to this star studded event a few years ago in Hollywood with starlets Kelly Osbourne and Kim Kardashian who now stars in their own right.
Katie Holmes, Amy Adams, Iman and Nicole Richie all took to the stage to present while the likes of Katharine McPhee and the gorgeous Ed Westwick were in the audience.
The next day we popped to Bloomingdales before heading down to the Kimberley Ovitz show at Pier 57. The surroundings were great and the show was wonderful with lots of use of natural fabrics and great cuts. The models were walking barefoot on a clay catwalk - so very organic.
Sarah and I swiftly made an exit after a few air kisses and then went to organise my style day for Vogue Fashion's Night out. I'd been booked to style at Karen Millen in Prince Street and at the fabulous Caravan Stylist Studio, where I met Porschla and Jason Kidd among loads of other fashionistas.
Over at the Mulberry Store I saw my mate Alexa Chung being mobbed at Moschino, managed a hug with Kim Kardashian at Lord and Taylor and was stopped by Time Out New York for an impromtu street style fashion shoot.
After dinner with Kim's best mate, the PR Prince of NYC and a great pal Simon Huck, Sarah and I retired to the roof where we partied with Alexandra Burke and her manager until the wee hours.
Friday was all about the Lincoln Centre - the hub of NYFW. After a meeting with my new agent at ICM in Park Avenue and a delicious lunch with New York's hippest interior designer Mr Jon Call, it was time to get ready for the Frow at the Charlotte Ronson show.
Watching with us were Alexandra Burke, Paris Hilton, Kimora Lee Simmons, Anna Sophia Robb and Rachel Zoe, who looked fierce. The collection was stunning and very summery, with a real sporty/beach feel, which seems to be a strong trend this year - even Victoria Beckham is going for the look. Charlotte's sister Sam played the soundtrack, which was pumping.
After a quick shopping break at Macy's we popped to the Charlotte Ronson after party 1Oak, joining Nicky Hilton and Samantha Ronson.
We then made a late night visit to see Alexandra Burke and watched the soul diva Shontelle perform with the gay icon Amanda Lepore.
On Saturday we checked out the Monique Lhuillier show, which was the complete antithesis of the Charlotte Ronson show: the designs were all sumptuous, colourful red carpet styles and we fell in love with each and every one of them. There were some wonderful metal moments and I am sure the styles will be defused to the high street in months to come.
Leaving Sarah to get a massage and went to the most anticipated party of the men's season - The Details party - it was a very cool event, where the great and the good of the male fashion elite all congregated. I went with Mr Call and met lots of great new friends.
Gorgeous male models showcased the collections - which always is a highlight! The event was great fun and I had too many good champagne cocktails before making my excuses.
Sunday was our final day and what a day! I a managed to get a ticket to the Victoria Beckham show and it was a blinder - she really has become a designer you can trust and understands the female form so well! The models wore flats and the style was tailored sports max!
A quick change and it was sadly time to head for JFK airport. All in all it was a fabulous fashion week with lots going on and I didn't want to leave! I ate, drank and slept fashion and loved every bit of it!