Style Authority Nina Garcia Talks Art, Fashion and Her Friend Santiago Barberi Gonzalez

Nina Garcia, newly minted Editor-In-Chief of Elle Magazine and longstanding Project Runway judge has brought her eye for style to Sotheby’s. Garcia has curated the auction house’s latest contemporary sale. Garcia believes “there is an emotional response that happens when you see an artwork you love,” a belief that guided her curation choices. From art work to jewelry Nina Garcia brings something extra special to this collection.


Included in her choices is a selection of works by Santiago Barberi Gonzalez. Recently passed, Gonzalez, the force behind luxury accessories brand Nancy Gonzalez, was a close friend and fashion colleague of Garcia. Stating that they both had the same taste in art and fashion Garcia says Gonzalez “had a fascination with language, with meaning, and his favorite pieces show that in a whimsical way.”

nina-garcia-CTP-curated-295N09624_9FVFYGarcia deems art an “incredibly powerful cycle of meaning” from the artist to society translating the work into meaning. An art collector herself, she believes the process of art collecting is a marathon, not a sprint. Though Picasso is her all time favorite artist she is currently inspired by “Latin American artists like Carmen Herrera-her art is incredibly striking.”

As for contemporary art and fashion Garcia knows they go hand in hand. They “both have the ability to explain a particular moment of time and history” and designers are regularly inspired by art. She asserts that collaborations between fashion designers and artists are frequent because fashion sews together all the arts, such as architecture, sculpting and painting, “into a garment.”

Introduced to the Sotheby collaboration by Gonzalez, Garcia calls it wonderful. This new collection of Gonzalez’s personal art “captures his spirit and passion for creating.” The impeccable Contemporary Collection is a destination for new collectors and established clients and it is exciting to have style authority Nina Garcia a part of it.


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