A true icon of the fashion industry, Nina Garcia has accomplished more in twenty years than most people do in a lifetime. After starting her career in the PR department at Perry Ellis (back when Marc Jacobs was it's head designer) she quickly moved up in the industry. She worked her way through the ranks at Mirabella and ELLE magazine, and after a successful thirteen year stint at ELLE, she was named the fashion director of Marie Claire, a position she still holds today.
The fashion industry has always seen Garcia as a force to be reckoned with, but it was her foray into the world of reality television - as the brilliant judge on Bravo's Project Runway - that truly made her a household name. As the author of four best selling books, including The Little Black Book of Style and the more recent Nina Garcia’s Look Book, she has truly become one of the most important voices in fashion. Here, as she sits down with us to talk about her possession obsession - a gold link charm bracelet she inherited from her mother - her innate style and passion are evident in every word.
1.What is your possession obsession?
A gold chain link charm bracelet with emerald stones
2. Tell us how you came to own this precious object. Was it something you grew up with? If so, did you appreciate it then as you do now?
My grandmother gave my mother two versions of the bracelet. One had small rubies, the other had emeralds. My mother wore them together. Together they were spectacularly bold and very her. I was mesmerized by their details and the story each link, in my mind, told. Growing up, I would beg to try them on. And yet rarely did I ever get to wear them, which made it even more coveted.
My mother always told my sister and I that one day we would get one of the bracelets. When my mother passed away - true to her word - she left my sister and I many pieces, but this one was by far the most special to me because it was so much a part of her style when we were growing up.
3. How do you live with your possession obsession? Is it in your home, office, or elsewhere? Which room? Is it somewhere you can enjoy it everyday?
It "lives"in my drawer of faux and real bijouterie that I love to use and mix up.
4. Fill in the blank: Whenever I look at________, I can't help but smile.
My two boys. I consider them my greatest accomplishment.
5. What is the best part of your day?
Seeing my boys before I go to work and putting them into bed at night. No matter what type of day I am having they always put a smile on my face.
6. What was the most memorable gift you've ever given or received? Why?
About eight years ago my husband gave me a beautiful vintage art deco amethyst pendant with an incredible silk braided cord. I wear it often to events. Even though it is vintage, it feels very contemporary.
*Photo by Monica Rich Kosann