Nina Garcia what is it that makes you tick? I see you sitting by the runway quiet; seemingly emotionless as you size up the competing would be designers. Your thoughts are organized and analytical. Some times your comments are harsh but most often they are constructive. You look together, well accessorized but unassuming. Your accent is not familiar, a combination of many places perhaps. Your smirk is jovial, your eyes genuine and warm. If I met you in person I would look you straight in the eye because, at the risk of sounding much like a crushing teenager, I want to get to know you. So I am reading our book-or one of them.
Stylish book report: The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia.
As previously mentioned, I do not like people telling me how to dress. However, I do love being inspired. In The Little Black Book of Style Nina Garcia states early on that her goal is not to provide a list of rules for readers to follow. Instead she begins the book by sharing her personal inspirations then urges readers to look to themselves for the ultimate inspiration. She offers observations on ten basics principles she feels style icons often share and then offers insights and pop culture references as evidence. If you love the study of modern style you will love this book.
I was originally intrigued to hear Nina’s voice. This book did not disappoint. As she regales scenes from her childhood growing up Columbian and learning to incorporate many styles from around the world I was charmed. When she, like me in the initial paragraph written before reading the book, talked about the type of woman whose style pulls her in I felt a kinship. Her references of so many recording artists, movie recommendations and time frames made me want to invite her over for a style film viewing party and girl gabfest. And when Nina interviewed some of today’s most admired designers for their take on everything from shoes to “not giving a damn” I was in awe. This is a woman who has lived an incredibly stylish life and continues to traverse each day with an openness to continue to identify the amazing to come. Intrigue deserved.