Monday, November 30, 2009

Coming Up: In Conversation With Nina Garcia

Now that Thanksgiving’s over, it’s back to work work work... I actually did a special event this past weekend that I can’t talk about yet, but maybe I’ll share some info about it later this week. For now, here’s one thing that’s on my mind: next week, I’ll be having a discussion with the exquisite Nina Garcia to discuss my new book Celebrations

Nina is one of my favorite people in New York and when she's not taping the fabulous Project Runway, you can find her hard at work on Marie Claire.  She attended the luncheon for the launch of Celebrations about a month ago and we began a thoughtful conversation about why I wanted to create the book and the inspiration behind it. It was such a great talk that we wanted to bring the discussion public and share these thoughts with everyone—why not, right?

So, that’s exactly what we decided to do. I’ll be talking with Nina at the Barnes & Noble in the Upper East Side on December 8th at 7:00pm. If you’re in the New York City area, I hope you’ll stop by and check it out. The address of the Barnes and Noble is: 150 East 86th Street New York, NY 10028.

Within all my books, we include a picture of my incredible team. Here's the latest picture from Celebrations of everyone who created what you see in the book. As you flip through the pages, you'll get to see in more detail what we created together.

I’d also like to hear your thoughts about the book and any questions you may want us to answer during our discussion. Who knows? Nina might pick one of the questions you ask to include in her Q&A. Let me know your thoughts and questions in the comments!


  1. Your work, of course, is spectacular. I've seen you speak (at Engage), but still have never heard much about where you find your inspiration. Would love to know what your inspiration was behind one of the events in the Celebrations book (you can pick whichever one you want) - what inspired the color palette, the structure, the overall concept? I've only seen some snapshots of the book, despite my pre-order, it won't be here until tomorrow at noon - can't wait!

  2. What advice would you give young event planners starting out in this business? What was one of the pivotal turning points in your life?

  3. I second Bella Sig's comment. I have never had the honour of hearing you speak,however pour over your books and images. The work is, in Bella's words "spectacular" and would also love to know what inspires you and your designs.

  4. From all the projects you and your team have completed, which "one" stuck with you for days and still strikes a heart string today?


  5. Dear Preston,

    I will be buying your book!!!
    I have a question???
    When you began creating large parties over 200 attending, how did you know how to make a thought come to life???? Did you have help and knew whom to call to say "create a giant peacock"? How does one even know where to begin??????

    love you,

    P.S. Today is my birthday!!!!!


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