By Deborah Arthurs

Despite having been in New York for less than a week, Pippa Middleton has stepped out with yet another member of New York's smart set.

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister, who turned 29 yesterday, was seen at Soho House on Manhattan's Meatpacking District with Alexander Gilkes.

The ex-Etonian, 33, who owns a marketing company in SoHo, was seen holding the door of the private members club open for Pippa.

Chivalrous: Ex-Etonian Alex Gilkes accompanied Pippa Middleton to Soho House this afternoon

Firm friends: Mr Gilkes, who married fashion designer Misha Nonoo last month, appeared to have gifted Miss Middleton a bright red dress from his wife's label

But anyone hoping for a budding romance would be disappointed to learn that Mr Gilkes married fashion designer Misha Nonoo this summer.

In fact, Ms Nonoo's star looks set to be on the rise, as Pippa's red dress just happened to be one of her designs.

She completed the look with matching French Sole ballet pumps and the wicker Kate Spade bag that has accompanied her throughout the trip - she certainly looked camera ready as she smiled and waved for those wishing to take her picture.

The two were joined by friends on the rooftop of the private members club, where Mr Gilkes was seen showing Pippa around the terrace.

Girl about town: Pippa looked polished as ever in the scarlet Misha Nonoo design and French Sole flats

He looked smart in navy jacket and chinos, with a knitted blue tie - the very embodiment of preppy sophistication.

Pippa's female friend was the perfect sartorial companion, elegant in a printed red dress and carrying a large Hermes handbag.

Pippa's trip to the Big Apple coincides with the run-up to the launch of her book, Celebrate, which is a party guide that offers tips for planning events throughout the year.

Pippa, who is thought to have split with on-off boyfriend Alex Loudon some months ago, has been well received by her friends and contacts Stateside, enjoying the social whirl that has been her experience of the city some suggest she is considering moving to.

After an opulent welcome that saw her flown by U.S. billionaire Andre Balazs to his exclusive resort, she has stepped out on two occasions with 6ft 3in Spencer Vegosen, a 24-year-old Goldman Sachs banker, Harvard graduate and accomplished tennis player who accompanied her to the U.S. Open on two occasions - and also escorted Pippa to dinner on her birthday.

Lunch date: Mr Gilkes and Miss Middleton were seen leaving Soho House together this afternoon

Stylish: Pippa was immaculately presented in a $395 (£246) red dress from New York-based label Misha Nonoo, with Givenchy sunglasses and matching French Sole ballet pumps

Whirlwind: Pippa has made the most of her time Stateside, visiting the city's finest restaurants - with some of the most eligible bachelors

Pippa's trip to Soho House comes at the end of a maelestrom of glittering engagements.

In an opulent welcome, hotelier Andre Balazs, who is reportedly worth more than $450 million, flew her by seaplane to his resort, Sunset Beach, on Shelter Island on Sunday.

Later that evening, Pippa was spotted at the Electric Room at Dream Downtown in the Meatpacking district with former New York Ranger Sean Avery.

Winning streak: Tennis fan Pippa enjoyed a day at the U.S. Open where she spent the afternoon chatting to Spencer Vegosen

The following day, she attended day nine of the U.S. Open as a guest of Roger Federer, where she sat next to Mr Vegosen.

Later that evening, Miss Middleton and Mr Vegosen enjoyed a lavish dinner at the Le Bernardin restaurant, which is famous for its seafood.

And yesterday, Pippa, wearing a canary yellow shift dress, attended another day at the U.S. Open where she cheered Andy Murray to victory.

For each engagement, Pippa has been picture perfect. Her wardrobe has been well put together - clearly Pippa is a proficient packer. The same shoes she wears today - her Russell & Bromley Coco Pop wedges - have made more than one appearance, while the Kate Spade handbag - the ideal day-to-night accessory - has more than earned its keep (and its cost-per-wear).

Pippa is expected to attend some of the events at New York Fashion week before she returns to the UK.


Seasoned traveller Pippa knows how to pack a suitcase - as evidenced by the neat capsule wardrobe that she has taken with her to New York.

She has kept her shoe collection to a minimum, wearing her trusty Russell & Bromley Coco Pop wedges on various occasions, and carrying her £250 Kate Spade bag (which given the label's popularity in the States, could well have been a purchase she has made since landing in the Big Apple. Her sunglasses are Givenchy - one of two pairs she has worn on the trip. The other has been a white Kate Spade pair, which again could be a holiday buy.

Kate Spade New York Delavan Terrace Little Nadine Shoulder Bag, £250

The Nonoo website where Pippa's 'Imelda' dress is on sale for $395

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