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SLEEP DEPRIVED: Note to designers: If you see Nina Garcia yawning in the front row of your spring show, not to worry. It’s not fashion ennui. She’s just sleep deprived. Indeed, the Marie Claire fashion director and “Project Runway” judge told WWD she has been burning the midnight oil in the name of her forthcoming style guide, “Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion,” to be released by Hyperion’s women’s-interest imprint, Voice, in August.
“I get more inspired at night,” Garcia said, “when everybody’s in bed, when there are no phones ringing, when I have sole access to my computer and I don’t have to fight with any other member of my family over it.” With “Look Book,” the fourth book Garcia has authored in the last three years, the editor-slash-TV personality intends to address “those very specific wardrobe questions” she’s been asked by women while on the road promoting her previous books or “Runway”: “What to wear to a bar mitzvah, what to wear on a first date, what to wear on a job interview,” she explained. “It just goes on and on. I mean, I hope I’ve covered every single situation.” Garcia estimated the book will include 80 suggested looks, with illustrations by Ruben Toledo. With regard to her schedule, Garcia said her love of fashion motivates her to “find the time” to write her books, though doing so comes at a price. “I do sleep very little,” she said. “So, if you see me around with a lot of bags under my eyes, that’s why.”
— Nick Axelrod