By People Staff
September 05, 2008 12:00 AM
Steve Mack/FilmMagic; Jae C. Hong/AP; Charles Omma

The nation may be in the midst of a race for the White House, but Project Runway judge Nina Garcia is following the “fashion face-off” between the candidates’ stylish wives.

Having Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama guest judge Bravo’s design competition “would be amazing,” Garcia told PEOPLE at a launch party for The Rachel Zoe Project at New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel. “We did the Olympics, why not the election?”

Garcia described the women’s different styles, saying, “McCain is Oscar de la Renta. She’s all about bold colors and she’s all about diamonds and pearls and blondeness.”

On the other ticket, “Obama is Miss Jackie O. — ’50s, early ’60s,” she said.

But the potential first ladies aren’t the only women Garcia is keeping style tabs on. Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin shows “a lot of promise,” Garcia said, and suggested she wear designs by Carolina Herrera.

“First, we have to lose the glasses — Lasik or contacts,” Garcia said. “But she’s attractive. She seems to be feminine; I saw the high heels and little beaded skirt. She kind of broke up the suit which is a major move for a politician — and she’s curvaceous.” — Susan Yara

Tell us: Who has the best style, Cindy McCain, Michelle Obama or Sarah Palin?Steve Mack/FilmMagic; Jae C. Hong/AP; Charles Omma