6.30pm Earl’s Court Hordes of fashionable young ladies descend on
Earl’s Court. A security guard suggests we ’follow the pussy’ to find
the entrance. Shocked, we ask him to repeat himself and he assures us he
6.45pm So many beauty products, so little time. Reporter Colin Grimshaw
seems to take the throng of beauties in his stride, but I’ve got the
fear and retreat to the press room for liquid courage.
Unfortunately, no-one there has heard of sales as a concept, let alone
seen a ’media sales’ person.
7pm Follow smell of good gin to fashion and beauty awards where Grimshaw
scares me by recognising Nicky Clarke, winner of the Favourite Celebrity
Hairdresser category. Ad director Sara Stevenson points us in the
direction of her team. Head off to find them but not before I’ve
confused the award collector for the Favourite Accessories Retailer
category (Accessorize, of course) by waving at her like a madman and
calling her Kate, then Jane - neither of which appear to be her
7.30pm Finally track down sales people in the form of the Cosmo Show
team. Scott Rosen is ’very, very’ busy, while Sian Petersen explains she
is as Swedish as Abba and meatballs.
8pm Grimshaw finds publisher Lizzie Kershaw and editor Lorraine Butler.
Kneels before them dutifully and snaps away with box Brownie.
8.15pm Take box Brownie to Cosmopolitan Mazda MX-5 catwalk show.
Sandwich myself between fashion snappers with humungous cameras. They
seem to be annoyed by my technique.
9pm Return to arena where Grimshaw befriends the Ice White girl and the
sexy dentistry lady. Overhear him say: ’Baby, I’m gonna make you a