STYLE
08/11/2010 01:30 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nina Garcia So Over 'Angry Shoes,' Says 'Polished Girl Is Back'

"Project Runway" judge and mom-to-be Nina Garcia talked to The Cut on the release day of her fourth book Nina Garcia's Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion. Billed as providing the answer to "What should I wear?" in any situation, in the pages, Garcia "shows us the pieces, the accessories, and the strategies to create the looks that will take us from the first day on a job through the day we ask for a raise and beyond, from the first time we meet our boyfriend's parents (or his children) through the day we see our own children walk down the aisle," according to Amazon.

So, uh, where to start? Garcia told The Cut about the first designer item she ever bought:

I grew up with a fashion-obsessed mother and an older sister, so there was a lot of fashion in my house. The first thing I remember owning was a Pierre Cardin jumpsuit when I was 9 or 10; of course I didn't actually buy it, but I fell in love with it. When I was older and I first started working, I was obsessed with buying my first Chanel jacket. I saved up my hard-earned money, went to Barneys, and bought a little black Chanel jacket. It saw many, many job interviews and many, many events. I'm not fitting into it lately, but I still have it.

These days, Garcia is really into minimalism, but she would like to say bye-bye to some trends. "I have seen everything possible covered in studs and grommets. Also, what I call angry shoes: those platforms with the multiple buckles and studs. I think the polished girl is back."