"Don't bore Nina!" That's an order — second only to "Make it work!" — that Tim Gunn has cast down upon nine seasons of Project Runway designers. But never before did the Gunn-ism have so much urgency as when this season's designers were asked to create a look for Marie Claire Fashion Director and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia.
The winning look would not only work for Garcia's days at the office and nights at industry events, it would also stop people in the streets as the outfit she'd wear in Marie Claire's first major ad campaign on New York City's ubiquitous yellow taxis. "I wanted something tailored and streamlined," Garcia says — a request that's in keeping with her fondness for classic silhouettes and clean neutral tones. "But at the same time, it had to be something that, when I walked into a room, would make people say, 'Wow, who is she wearing?'"