March 12, 2008

An Invitation to meet Nina Garcia

Just when the finale of Project runway was airing last week, I received the following:And such a pretty invite too! How could I resist?!?
So today I went to Costa, the restaurant where this cocktail event was held, at IFC, a mall/office building next to the harbor (this is in Hong Kong fyi). The venue itself was quite small and could barely accommodate the crowd waiting to meet Nina. Luckily, they had a lovely balcony outside, facing the harbor where guests could mingle and breathe in some fresh air. Personally we spent quite a lot of time there drinking fresh orange/champagne and eating hors d'oeuvre (we were especially fond of the parma ham wrapped around the bread stick) and enjoying the view- I do have a penchant for staring into the sea.
But anyways, inside the venue, it was gorgeously decorated with little display sections each representing one of the chapters of Nina's book, The Little Black Book of Style, which is the reason for her presence and the purpose of the event- to promote it. I love the displays, they were so stylishly designed. This one (above), featuring those gorgeous nude Louboutins was my favourite. I especially love the quote from Louboutin himself (right). Haha.
When Nina arrived (around half an hour after the event started), there was immediately a crowd surrounding her, greeting her, getting her to sign their books and, in typical Asian fashion, taking lots of photos of her. I happily whipped out my camera and joined in. Soon, the event became an impromptu book signing and picture taking event and we all lined up for our turn. I daresay, the event was genius. Almost everyone there bought a book or two so they won't miss out on the fun. Naturally I fell in with the crowd, despite the niggling part of my mind telling me that this is all a marketing ploy and I that do I really need this book (especially since a week ago I had no intention of buying it!)??

As for the book itself, I skimmed through it tonight and it seems as good as any how-to-guide can be. It has practical advice, interesting anecdotes, inspiring quotes and gorgeous illustrations. I REALLY must stop buying staples and buy more drama pieces- like a colorful bold winter coat!
Dressed in this studded top and black skinny pants from Givenchy and Balenciaga, Nina looked great if a bit disheveled (either from the hoards of people crowding her or its part of the "imperfection" she mentions in her book). We only exchanged a few words, but she seemed nice (especially considering that she's been smiling and patiently signing books and posing for pictures all night) and was surprised when we asked her why they thought that Rami deserved second place instead of Jillian. Apparently the HK channels were not up to the finale yet.... whoops! And as for the answer to our question, she cleverly returned that it was a question best answered with all the judges present.

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Blogger theminx said...

I've met Nina in the past and she really is a very nice sweet person. She's actually completely overwhelmed with all of the attention; she never thought she'd ever become a celebrity.

3/12/2008 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She seems like a wonderful person. Pretty too!

3/12/2008 4:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it just me, or is this the same outfit she wore on the reunion episode?
...just an observation :)

3/12/2008 5:30 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

wow that's amazing...she seems cool

I bought the book when it came out (in the US) and I love it

3/12/2008 6:37 AM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

Gosh, I wish I could have met her too! It would be cool, after watching her so much in Project Runway and knowing she's the Editor of US Elle.

3/12/2008 8:10 AM  
Blogger Miu Miu's Atelier said...

even though some say she's a bitch i absolutely love her and yes i agree jillian should definitely have gotten 2nd place

3/12/2008 9:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That's so cool.

3/12/2008 10:11 AM  
Blogger Romany said...

Ooh wouldn't it be amazing to be the fashion director of Elle (that's her position, no? Someone said she was the Editor but I always thought that was Roberta Myers..?)?? Or any big fashion mag I suppose.
It's every aspiring fashion writer's dream...
I can't believe you met her, I'm so jealous! She seems like a really cool person, and has a very effortlessly chic quality about her.

3/12/2008 5:33 PM  
Blogger Fashion Tidbits said...

that's so awesome!!!did they ploy work? did you buy the book? :D

3/12/2008 6:14 PM  
Blogger a side order of style said...

i spent a whole break-between-classes reading her book, & while i can`t say it`s the first book on my "must-get-now" list, it`s definitely there on the list :)
she must be kind of surprised by how much attention she`s getting from the book. i kind of envy her haha.

3/12/2008 10:02 PM  
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3/13/2008 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nina seems such a nice and modest person - i would love to meet her

3/13/2008 7:59 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Oh my, you lucky lucky ducks you! Some people I know hate Nina and think she's too snide on Project Runway, but after reading her little black book (given to me by a dear friend who always knows what little indulgences I want but won't buy for myself...), I think she has really solid advice and seems like a lovely person. I even make a point to read her little introductory paragraphs in ELLE, since they're notably sweet and well-written. Glad you went to see her and gave us the full report!
P.S. I know the Louboutin sole is a green light for men and everything...but don't you wish sometimes he'd give it a rest? Sometimes the red is horribly clashing with whatever pretty color the shoe itself is! Just a pet peeve... :)
xo MG []

3/19/2008 2:10 AM  
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