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Andy Cohen chats with Project Runway's Nina Garcia.

on Feb 15, 20060

Forget El Nino. In fashion, La Nina rules the RUNWAY review! Garcia is direct, honest, and smart. (And beautiful.) She's a native of Colombia, has lived in the States since she was 15, and is dialing in from fashion central right now!

CIAO, NINA GARCIA!
Ciao, Andy! How did you survive the snowstorm!?

LOTS OF MIDDAY CHAMPAIGN, A FIRE, AND A STROLL THROUGH THE WEST VILLAGE. WHAT ABOUT YOU?
I hung out in Central Park for hours! It was glorious!

OK NINA, LET'S GET TO IT. FIRST OF ALL, WHAT THE HECK DOES IT MEAN TO BE FASHION DIRECTOR OF ELLE MAGAZINE - WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY?
I interpret the season's direction for the ELLE reader. The ELLE reader is all about personal style and I am finding new designers, looking for the trends, who's hot, who has a great collection, who's the next person we want to promote. It's a little like what I do on the show - choosing the designers that work, editing the collection to what works best, finding the top looks for the season, and emphasizing what we believe in for each season.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS?
I always knew I wanted to be in fashion. I thought I wanted to be a designer at the beginning. I went to FIT and realized it was hard to be a designer and that I wanted to understand the business aspect of it more. I did an internship with Marc Jacobs when he was at Perry Ellis and saw the other side of the business - dealing with the editors. I was packing the boxes that were going to HARPERS, ELLE, and VOGUE. I would see the editors and I said 'that's what I want to do - I want to be an editor!' It all fell into place in that internship. My suggestion to anyone looking for a career is to do as many internships as you can to see what's out there. It's hard to break into the business - that's one of the reasons that PROJECT RUNWAY is so fantastic.

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