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Nina Garcia Answers Our Fab Questions!

Here's a super fun opportunity for us! By now you've noticed that I kind of jock Nina Garcia. She's just a very cool dudette in my book. Speaking of, I thoroughly enjoyed her — Nina Garcia's Little Black Book of Style. Especially, the fashion in film section.

Nina has agreed to answer all of our burning fashion questions! All you have to do is leave a comment with your question and she'll do her best to answer it. We will reveal the answers next week — Nina is going to cozy up with our questions this weekend. Can you imagine? I envision her curled up on a love seat in a plush robe with a glass of burgundy.

So fire away any questions you may have for the ELLE fashion director and Project Runway judge. Here's mine: what fashion designer do you wish was still alive today?

This is actually part of a blog tour with some blogger buddies of ours. Here's the line up for when and where her questions will be answered:

12/3 — Fashionista
12/4 — Coquette
12/5 — BussBuss
12/6 — FabSugar
12/7 — Fashiontribes


manu2007 manu2007 9 years
I have a simple question: A black dress, how do I make it less boring, how do I accesorize it so that it looks a little young?? What clothes should I get rid of at the age of 37?? I don't like to look like an old lady but I don't want to try to look like a 20 year old. Thanks.
htiduj htiduj 9 years
oh and one more - what are your thoughts on "celebrity" fashion lines?
htiduj htiduj 9 years
Hi Nina, thanks so much for answering our questions - I love your column on Elle, as well as your insight on Project Runway. 1. Often magazines will profile new designers or mention either clothes or accessories that they really like, how does an aspiring designer get ones stuff into a magazine? Is there a certain editor one sends it to? 2. How does one go about becoming a contributing writer in a magazine? 3. In the November issue of Elle I came across a Camel Ad in the magazine. I was horrified, as smoking is not fashionable nor healthy and it ruins ones skin - how do you feel about magazines accepting advertisments that go against everything they stand for? Thanks again for your time! BTW (this is for the sugar readers) I am a little bit upset at the disrespect towards Nina that I am seeing in these comments. I know that sound like a 3rd grade math teacher (I'm not one), but there is no need to be nasty to somebody about their outfit or anything else for that matter. It is one thing to critique, its another thing to insult somebody. Nina is taking time out to answer our questions, we can at least be polite to her.
girlfriday girlfriday 9 years
oh crap. I don't know why I bother trying to use HTML. I never do it right. Sorry for the all bolding above!!!
girlfriday girlfriday 9 years
I second the question about hoisery and shoes. Specifically: 1. Can I wear hoisery with peep toes? I'm thinking sheer black hose and black satin peep toes. Or even, opaque black hosiery and contrasting peep toes (quirky, I know, but fun with the right outfit)? 2. I have some leather ivory/winter white (with red accents) d'orsay stilettos. Would it look ridiculous to wear them after September/before May in a cold climate (indoors of course)? They are so cute! Finally, just want to say it's great to see a strong, sensible Latina businesswoman in the public eye! And also - I am a Dana Hall alumna too. :-)
learningcurve1 learningcurve1 9 years
Are there still concrete, absolute fashion "rules"? And what would they be? What are the cardinal sins of fashion - or is it all about having your own, confident style? As an aside to that - is it okay to mix black and brown (ie black top, brown boots), or gold and silver (mostly accessories and shoes)?
mletrav mletrav 9 years
Okay, one more for the road - What, in your opinion, is the most fashionable city? Where should I go for the best fashion inspiration, and the best shopping? Thank you, thank you!
mletrav mletrav 9 years
Ooh! Also, are there any books (besides your own,) that you would recommend for fashion inspiration? How about websites? ...and one more: How can I train myself to become a high-heel wearer? I LOVE the look of them, but usually can't go the distance when I wear them, and the ones I love the look of most are usually too high for me to leave the store with, even.
mletrav mletrav 9 years
Hi Nina! Love your book! I know you're opposed in general to following trends, but I'd like to know, are there any ways to predict a trend's longevity? If a trend works for me, sometimes I like to join in, (I'm 23, and have been told that's what dressing in your 20's is all about,) but how do I know if a trend is worth spending my hard-earned cash on? It is sooo frustrating to finally decide to buy that trendy item, only to read the next day that it's on its way out! Thanks so much!
Karitas Karitas 9 years
Oh, one more thing!! Can't pass up the opportunity to ask... I am currenty in school studing graphic design, and I have been toying with the idea of putting my design skills to use in the fashion industry. I was wondering how would one get into becoming a graphic designer for a fashion magazine such as Elle or Cosmo? While I am have excellent computer graphics and creative skills, I'm not sure what other skills would be necessary for such a position. Could you offer any advice for young graphic designers/ fashionistas like me? :)
Karitas Karitas 9 years
Hello!!!! Okay, I am a short and athletic.... 5'3" and a size 4 to be exact. Is there a way I could create a look that would make me appear taller (particularly longer in the leg) during the day without wearing heels? I usually wear heals when I go out, but during the day (like when I go to class, etc) I would like to be comfortable and casual in flats without looking stubby. Any thoughts?
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
I would like to ask some but I 'm quite hesitant because her outfit and her whole look turns me off. It's a horrible-looking dress that make her look like "trying-hard-to-be-looking-20-chick"
YAYitsErin YAYitsErin 9 years
what is the best fashion advice ever given to you?
brittanybe brittanybe 9 years
Hi Nina! I love your book; I bought it for both my sisters for Christmas (sshh!). I love the look of jeans tucked into boots, but I'm not a super-skinny woman-- I'm a curvaceous size 10 or 12. My question is, can women like me pull of the look? Do you have to wear skinny jeans under boots, and if so, can us curvy girls pull off the skinny jeans? Thank you!
stephad stephad 9 years
i love trends, but being a "big and tall" girl, most of them never look right on me (skinny jeans for example). louboutins dont even come in my size!! how can i look trendy, but still appropriate for my size? and if nina knows where paris hilton gets her shoes, please let me in on this info, because i hear shes a size 12 as well and always has great shoes!! =]
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 9 years
I can't really afford designer names all the time, what ONE piece would you suggest spending a little extra on?
klynnmorton klynnmorton 9 years
1. Out of all of the designers on Project Runway, who do you think was overall the best "real world" designer, creating quality clothes that were wearable, stylish, and practical. 2. What Project Runway designer's clothes would you be most likely to wear? 3. I am handbag obsessed, if you could only choose ONE handbag for day and one for night, which would you choose?
ellens23 ellens23 9 years
For those of us on a tighter budget, which type of items do you think are worth spending money on and going top of the line and which do you think I can save a few bucks on?
syako syako 9 years
OK I thought of one more: Out of all the contestants from season 1-3 of Project Runway, which designer has made the biggest name for themselves since the season's conclusion? I.e. Who has been the most successful (pr winners or other) designer in your opinion?
roor roor 9 years
supermodelspy and lanne109 - those are great questions - Some people just cannot be as stylish as they want , hard as one might try , so I'd also love to know what we should have in our closets to atleast have a little style!
chellybean chellybean 9 years
Most of these questions are answered in her book :[
Lanne109 Lanne109 9 years
What are the top 10 fashion essestials every young woman in her 20's should and MUST have in her closet?
Juiceee Juiceee 9 years
What's the stockings and shoes rule? (Peep-toe or closed toe shoes? high heels or flats?)
poshy poshy 9 years
Q: For the fashion cycle, we have done the 50s, 60s, 70s and currently the 80s, do you think the 90s will be back for F/W 2008 or even for S/S 2009? Q: I'm currently working as a fashion stylist and visual stylist, who would you say is your top 5 fashion stylists? (dead or alive) Q: Aside from Hermès, Chanel, YSL, Valentino, Oscar De La Renta, Judith Leiber, LV and several other respectable fashion brands, what other brands would you say will continue its ever increase in value as time passed by? Thanks Nina, you have done a wonderful job at Elle!
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