Nina Garcia

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Fashion Week: Max Azria Still Relevant, Neat and Tidy

    Last week we learned that Tunisian designer Max Azria, who got his start in Paris at a just barely pubescent fifteen, might be losing control of his empire--which is reportedly hundreds of millions in debt. You'd never know it from this show. BCBG Max Azria kicked off Fashion Week yesterday with a ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 15, 2012


    A new documentary remembers the tents

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Project Runway Finale: Someone is Robbed, Everyone is Shiny

    The Runway Rundown ​1. The fashion gods have spoken - and, also, Jessica Simpson. Season Eight of Project Runway has a winner at last - after 13 challenges at 90 minutes apiece, this distills to one resolution well earned. For everyone.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Project Runway:We Are All Birthing Chinese Prostitutes

    The Runway Rundown ​1. With only five contestants left, and a limp challenge receding into the distance (Andy's winning Lululemon knockoff was immediately co-opted without pay by Heidi Klum for Grey and Listless Athletic Wear), this week's Project Runway challenge is a welcome return to two s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Project Runway: Mondo's True Triumph

    The Runway Rundown ​1. This week brings a surprisingly heady jolt to the torpid Project Runway season. One contestant loses his (impeccable) muse. Another bravely reveals a decade-long secret and immediately helps de-stigmatize an immense societal taboo. We're not even going to mock Michael ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Project Runway: Plaster of Paris

    The Runway Rundown ​1. This week's challenge is the product placement Waterloo. The task: to create a high-fashion (i.e. couture) look to match specific L'Oreal eyeshadows in a two-day constraint. The winning design garners $20,000 and appears in a L'Oreal advertisement. L'Oreal, L'Oreal, L'O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Fashion Week Day One: Nicholas K; Michael Kors, Heidi Klum, and Jessica Simpson at the Extra-Long Project Runway Show

    ​We've been counting down the days until this very moment: the first day of Fashion Week at its new location. And although Bryant Park is a mere two miles away from Lincoln Center, it feels like we're in another world. We take our first glimpse of the new setup and see no sign of white tents or bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Project Runway: Let this Hat Be a Metaphor for Your Failure, and Also Sex

    The Runway Rundown ​1. At four episodes in and 13 souls remaining, the Runway ranks are still cluttered with extraneous contestants. Watching them band together for their next Trail of Tears march to Mood Fabrics, they clump like errant sequins at the bottom of our Chanel Chinatown handbag. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Project Runway: Vagina Icicles for Everyone!

    ​The Runway Rundown: 1. With great power comes a great superiority complex, if you're Gretchen. The willowy Portlander has won both of the season's challenges, and is gradually revealing herself to be pretty damn pleased with this. She is alone in this sentiment: "It's like she opened up an U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Project Runway: We've Got Their Number

    ​Last night's Project Runway's eighth season premiere encompassed a seemingly rebellious enthusiasm in the constrictive fashion world: more is...well, not better, if the glacial stride of these 90 minutes were any indication, but somehow worth having. More is just more. Hear that, ye waist-wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Project Runway: The Finale Stitch & Bitch

    ​Look, even your grandma was rooting for Seth Aaron to win. For all the judges' constant flurries of critique about various contestants not skewing "editorial," season 7 of Project Runway had a decidedly staunch narrative pretty established early on: Goofy daddy-o Seth Aaron was distilled down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Project Runway: Scary Clowns, Scarier Stripes

    ​And so it has come to this. After a season of sequins and spangles and bitchery--oh my!--the last challenge before Project Runway's Bryant Park finale has to be epic, a worthy encapsulation of these ragtag dreamers' weary journey to the white tents and glory beyond. It must be in deference t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Project Runway: Return of the Mack

    ​One day, you're in. The next day, you're out. Then maybe you're back in--unless you decided to throw yourself out. Then you can't get back in, but someone who was out is now in. Somewhere, there's a blonde barking in German. Tears, so many tears. No day but today, and so forth. Runway rubber ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Project Runway: Draw, Baby, Draw

    ​Finally, there is some rest for the wicked on Project Runway. This season has been as wham-bam as any, with one-day challenges the norm and the designs often running unrealized as a result; then again, as we all know, Michelangelo's David was carved over a long lunch break (hold the prosciutt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Project Runway: Earth, Wind, and Pantsuit

    ​New York "personifies man-made inspiration," waxes Tim Gunn philosophically, gesturing from his rooftop perch down to the humming city below. The Project Runway contestants, the brave remaining nine, blink back at him warily, and justifiably -- they're about to receive quite the hippie-dippie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Project Runway: Ankle Biters Rule the Runway​Forget sleek and sexy and bring out your best Punky Brewster look: It's back to being a kid again, as noted in this week's installment of Project Runway. The challenge: Make kids clothes that are fashionable and age appropriate. Yay, the workroom turns into a romper room! As Heidi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2010

    Project Runway Tries to Trompe le Monde; Christian Siriano Transmits Girly Bliss

    Discussed: Project Runway finale, Christian Siriano Stacey AndersonJudges Heidi Klum, Faith Hill, Michael Kors, and Nina Garcia​"Reality" television? Not so much. Project Runway tried to dupe our fragile young minds on Friday at their finale taping, sending not just the top three finalists bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Project Runway: Let Heidi Klum Be Your Reward

    ​Welcome to the past. Or is it the future? Either way, they're both sparkly. Today, the top Project Runway finalists will display their collections at Bryant Park for the judges and 1,000 industry gawkers (including yours truly; check back here later for an appropriately cryptic report). But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Project Runway: The True Measure of Tim Gunn's Advice

    Jay and his winning design​Michael Kors, resident crepehanger of the Project Runway judge squad, is fond of saying that there are "no rules" in fashion anymore, usually as he is trying to impose improbable new style commands in his monthly Glamour column (wear short-shorts in the dead of winte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Project Runway Premiere: Fashion and Fabulousness Review

    Emilio's winning entry, via Lifetime. If half the Project Runway contestants designed their clothes as well as their sound bytes, this show would be a gladiator match. But in its seventh season, and second since moving to the Lifetime channel, the show again seems to be favoring attractive, med ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Fashion Week: Paris Hilton at Justin Timberlake's William Rast Show; Carolina Herrera Gets Younger; Carlos Miele's Lame Guitarist

    Is that the real Paris Hilton?David Wentworth With an intro of Jimi Hendrix's "Star-Spangled Banner" and a soundtrack made up of the Black Keys and the Rolling Stones, Monday's William Rast show has got to be the biggest fashion rock spectacle of Fashion Week. It's the line co-designed by Justin Ti ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    January 15, 2008

    Fashion Disasters Averted!

    But only because the Golden Globes were crippled by the strike

  • NYC Life

    September 4, 2007

    Trapped in the Closet

    The dubious highs and extreme lows of Fashion Week

  • NYC Life

    March 14, 2006

    "Why I Didn't Win The Spelling Bee"

    Talking with Project Runway bad boy Santino Rice

  • NYC Life

    November 23, 2004