Get fashion advice from ‘Project Runway' judge Nina Garcia

Got a fashion dilemma? Consult Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion (Voice, $23.99). In the easy to flip through guide, the Project Runway judge and Marie Claire fashion editor  steers even the most clueless fashion victim through various style mazes. The Colombian native knows about what-to-wear conundrums these days: Garcia’s pregnant with her second child (a boy), and is battling the bump in the dog days of summer.

What do you think of our Miami style?

Really fresh and fun. Women there have a great, eclectic, sexy, beachy look that I love — they aren’t afraid of color, and of course you can’t miss the South American influence.

How we can look chic until Labor Day and beyond?

It’s not easy to feel chic when it’s sweltering outside. Keep it simple. Wear natural, breathable fabrics like cotton and go for easy, drapey pieces. A polished A-line dress or a chic YSL-style safari tunic would work well.

What should be in every Miami woman’s closet?

A one-piece maillot that can take you from the pool to a beachside lunch.

What should be out of every closet?

I never say never. Fashion rules are made to be broken. That said, if you haven’t been able to fit into a garment for more than a year, do yourself a favor and get rid of it. Anything overly tight never looks right.

Who do you think are the hottest designers today?

I appreciate timeless, high-quality, enduring fashion, so I love Lanvin, Chanel, Phoebe Philo and [fellow "PR” judge] Michael Kors. In terms of new designers to watch out for, Louise Goldin, Erdem and Preen are doing beautiful work.

Which celebs do you think are the most stylish?

Kate Moss has mastered cool, laid-back glamour, and Victoria Beckham really knows how to have fun with fashion. I also admire Jennifer Lopez for her confidence — she’s great at choosing clothes that flatter her body.

Who are the worst dressed?

I try to avoid the worst dressed label. Those celebrity fashion disasters tend to result from attempting to wear an outrageous straight-from-the runway look in real life, which rarely works, whether or not you’re famous. Showing too much skin or overaccessorizing are also very common mistakes. Smart editing is essential for great style.

What is happening with Project Runway?

It’s still going strong. We have an amazing group of young designers this season. The major change is the 90-minute format, which gives you more behind-the-scenes footage. Viewers get to see even more of the contestants and their work process.


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