Nina Garcia Speaks!

Those holding out for the next Project Runway ep
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Those holding out for the next Project Runway ep

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Those holding out for the next Project Runway episode can get a little relief before Wednesday: Elle Fashion Director and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia has given us answers to some of your questions, and a lot of them are very funny. Click below for answers on which Project Runway contestant Nina likes best, how to dress your age, what Armani has in common with some of our favorite readers, and the most-stolen thing she's seen in a fashion closet...

1. What is your favorite/least favorite part of your job at Elle? My favorite part of my job is the start of the new fashion season. It is an exciting time where everything is fresh and you have a million new ideas of how to interpret the collections. My least favorite part of my job is at the end of the season and have exhausted every look, 2. Where did you go to school in Paris? I'm moving there soon and I'm exploring several fashion related options - school being one of them.] Some schools in Paris that I would recommend are the Parson’s Paris program, Ecole Bercot and Les Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale. If you are very interested in fashion then I would also consider the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium. 3. What pieces do you think are essential when traveling with very limited suitcase space for an extended period of time? I think when traveling with limited space for an extended period of time you should keep to the basics-Trench coat or classic pea coat, button down shirt, cashmere cardigan, high heel and ballet flat, a pair of dark denim jeans and, of course, a little black dress. I would also include a couple of statement pieces-jewelry and other accessories-to personalize your look. 4. Is it possible for someone who is 50 to start a second career in fashion? I am a registered nurse who came out of the womb loving fashion, but didn't follow my dream. Absolutely. Giorgio Armani started his empire at 40. And isn’t 50 the new 40? 5. Who is your favorite Project Runway contestant of all time? I cannot say who my favorite contestant is; it is like asking who is your favorite child! 6. As a 16 year old, I often find it hard to wear most of the styles that women who are 5 or 6 years older then me can wear. I clearly am not going to show up to school in 5 inch heels! What do you suggest I wear to still satisfy my fashion needs? Have you considered 5 inch platforms? Just kidding! No really, think Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. Black Capri pants, boat neck tee and ballet flats. It is simply chic and very Parisian gamine. 7. Can you have a great career and life in fashion if you live somewhere besides New York, LA, Paris, or London? Yes, look at Natalie Chanin from Project Alabama. Natalie, who has received countless awards and recognition for her clothing line actually operates it not in one of the major fashion capitals but in Florence... Florence, Alabama that is. 9. I want to be a walking, breathing brand, money-making machine... Please give me advice? If I knew, I would be a walking, breathing brand, money-making machine. If you happen to find out, please let me know. 10. Did you work closely with Marc Jacobs when you were at Perry Ellis? Do you still talk to him? Not at all. I was just an intern who spent hours packing and unpacking clothing. I would be so lucky if Marc had even given me a glance. It was very exciting to be apart of Marc’s debut at Perry Ellis. He was the wonder kid of the design world that everyone was fascinated by. He used to hang out at the studio and have rock star visitors, such as Keith Richards, who would come and simply hang out with him while he worked. So when you have rock icons passing through the office, you can imagine that the interaction between Marc and his intern was not so frequent. The very serious role of unpacking and packing the collection was amazing because I really was able to see all of the pieces up close. I remember especially these little necklaces that went with all the looks that the editors were obsessed with! They would call frantically demanding the whole look for shoots and funny enough, when the looks were returned, all of those necklaces never quite made it back to the office.