Nina Garcia at NY Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012
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Style experts Mary Alice Stephenson, Nina Garcia and Rachel Zoe blogged live from the tents of New York Fashion Week, posting their posh thoughts and Instagram photos to the Celebs on Facebook page. After catching a few shows ourselves, we sought out more answers from these notable fashionistas.

See what Nina had to say from one editor to another about must-haves, easy styling tips and the designers she was most amped about.

SK: Based on this week's runways, what are the top five trends every girl should try come spring?

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Nina Garcia: As you saw on my Facebook, I definitely have some favorite trends for spring. One of them is the '60s mod look that we saw at Marc Jacobs. I especially love the '60s-inspired short mod skirts. White leather dresses and tops as seen at Alexander Wang and DKNY were huge. I posted a lot of pieces that are black and white optical illusions and black and white stripes from Instagram when I was at the Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs shows. Denim will play center stage for spring, as it did for DKNY and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Sandal-boots are a definite! They were everywhere at Altuzarra and Alexander Wang.

New York Fashion Week -- Phillip Lim Denim

"Denim will play center stage for spring."

SK: Who are your celebrity style crushes?

Nina Garcia: Jessica Chastain, Kate Bosworth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Cate Blanchett.

"It’s all about those pieces that can move from day to evening. For spring, shorts and beaded pieces are a great for this. "

SK: How can the average girl take a high fashion runway look to everyday wear?

Nina Garcia: It’s all about those pieces that can move from day to evening. For spring, shorts and beaded pieces are great for this. You could take a pair of cute shorts or a pair of cool skinny optical pants and pair them with an Oscar de la Renta-inspired beaded shirt.

SK: Who is your favorite designer right now?

Nina Garcia: I really enjoyed seeing all of the up and coming designers in New York and I’m really excited about all of the changes with Ralph at Dior and Hedi at YSL. I am looking forward to seeing what they show in Paris.

SK: What designer were you most surprised by this week?

Nina Garcia: I was really inspired by the futuristic '60s trend that we saw at many of the shows.

SK: Have you ever considered designing a line yourself?

Nina Garcia: Yes, I’ve been approached to design many times, but right now my focus is on being an editor.

SK: Tell us about your recent work with JC Penney. We love that you partnered with such an affordable brand.

Nina Garcia: I love my partnership with JC Penney. They are making exciting and unprecedented changes that will really reinvent the brand. It is one of the most forward-thinking retailers in America and they really care about their customers from beginning to end. They are all about providing the customers with fair prices, services and convenience -- no matter the price point -- and I am really thrilled to be working with them.

Nina Garcia's must-haves

SK: What are three things you never leave the house without?

Nina Garcia: A pair of stilettos, my Tom Ford reading glasses and my favorite Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm in Whole Lotta Honey.

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Comments on "Nina Garcia's Fashion Week recap"

Sylvia September 25, 2012 | 11:19 AM

I love me some denim--skirts, jeans, jackets, you name it. It's a great way to dress up or down an outfit, and all those pieces are so versatile, they can stay in your wardrobe practically year round.

Gina September 18, 2012 | 7:35 AM

I like the 60s mod look for sure! It's something different which I'm all about. I can't wait for these styles to start hitting the stores so I can purchase a few must-haves for fall. Thanks!

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