Nina Garcia's One Hundred Must-Have Fashion Essentials

08/29/2008 at 09:31 AM ET

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Project Runway judge and Marie Claire editor Nina Garcia gives the fashion world another treat with her witty second book The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own. The new book is an A-Z list of fashion’s essential must-haves: those items that have stood the test of time, surviving fads and fashion-cycles — including everything from Converse sneakers to fishnet tights. At this week’s Sak’s Fifth Avenue book signing Nina told PEOPLE that of all the one hundred items, women should “splurge on a pair of shoes. It is one of those things you can’t fake. You can’t look well dressed without a nice pair of shoes, it is impossible.” And with all the trends out there — especially in denim — Nina advises to go for what works for you and not worry about what’s the newest thing. So what’s her take on the new “boyfriend” jean? “I am all for borrowing and stealing from the husband or boyfriend, so I like it.” As fall approaches, Nina tells us the season’s must-have will be the little black dress. “The little black dress took center stage at the collections. It started with the Balenciaga show. His first look down the runway was a black dangerously sexy dress,” says the editor. “If you don’t have a black dress, now is the time to find it — they are going to be everywhere at every price point.” Get more fashion advice from Nina in her new book, $22, available at Take a virtual tour of The One Hundred now and check out some of the book’s fabulous illustrations by Ruben Toledo at

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Kim on

Yes, you can totally fake cute shoes. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on pairs I got at Payless! I think the splurge should go towards the LBD since a good cut and quality make more of a difference to your figure.

erica on

I agree with Kim. A good pair of leather pumps can be purchased for less than 100 dollars at DSW. I paid 79 for some Guess pumps that look as good as designer. I wish rich woman would realize not everyone has their bank accounts and you shouldn’t go into debt to look good!

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