Lara Bingle's very much-publicised trip to the Big Apple is under way. And, boy, did she arrive in style! Joined by best friend Tallie Nagel, Bingle left on a Qantas flight to New York, via LA, on Wednesday morning.

Hiding her face with designer sunglasses as she left Sydney, the model said she was excited about her American adventure, but didn't want to go into detail.

Her departure was low-key, but her arrival was anything but, with Bingle suddenly mustering up an entourage to help haul her Louis Vuitton luggage through JFK Airport.

But she hid her face from cameras as she walked to her chauffer-driven car.

She and a young female friend walked to a waiting SUV while her chauffer pushed her trolley, loaded with half a dozen suitcases.

"I'm just here to work and have a holiday," she said on her arrival.

Asked what sort of work, she said: "Just work. I don't want any press back home."

Bingle - who checked into the trendy Standard Hotel, a destination popular among young celebrities - and Aussie WAGs.

And she's thrown herself into the NYC lifestyle, if our photos are anything to go by, with Bingle shopping up a storm at high-end store Intermix, taking in Sex And The City 2 and striding about in sexy black leggings and designer heels.

"She's just happy to get away," a friend told us. "She's on holidays as well; it's not just work. They're staying in a hotel but they're going to be looking for an apartment."

Source: The Sunday Telegraph
Date: 30th May 2010