What a long, strange trip it was. When we headed to Dubai to for a fashion shoot who knew we'd be walking into Oz? Here, highlights.First off, why Dubai? "It's all over the media right now as the ultimate travel and shopping destination," explains Senior Fashion Editor Eric Nicholson. "It seems a very culturally relevant place for a shoot." Facing a 10-hour layover at Heathrow was a bummer, but frustration vanished once we entered the Clubhouse, Virgin Atlantic Airways' swank lounge.

Some of the crew played pool and got facials while Nicholson opted for the whirlpool: "The private bathroom was bigger than my bedroom in New York!" he laments.

The first day of shooting came with a 5:30 a.m. call time. We ran the wardrobe department out of one room at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, and hair and makeup out of another.

Three days-and a few hundred snaps-later, mission accomplished.

We spent our last night at Verre, Gordon Ramsay's three-star restaurant at the Hilton Dubai Creek, which offered time to reflect. "Dubai is such a global city-everyone was welcoming," Nicholson adds.

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