Best Deals On Women’s Shoes At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

A woman trying on a selection of shoes, 1951.

A good deal on shoes doesn’t happen everyday, which is exactly why you need to get moving on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Officially opening to the public on July 19 and running through August 4, anyone can preview the discounts now but only Nordstrom card members can shop them. Take this window of time as an opportunity to do your research, and since the sale has everything your shoe rack was missing, from luxurious basics to artful showstoppers, you’ll be thankful for the head-start. These are the soles everyone should be scouting:

Aquatalia Cathryn Water Resistant Bootie

The story involving a sudden rainstorm, your favorite shoes, and a sinking feeling in your gut used to be a common one, but no longer: this, right here, is a fashionable, Made-in-Italy leather boot that will have you protected no matter the weather. With a small block heel offering stability and a zipper for easy, slip-in, it’s the ultimate practical piece, ready to take on whatever your calendar has planned. The square toe gives it a geometric modernity—keep your pants wide-legged and ankle-length to show it off.

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Vince Heath Cross Strap Sandal

The mule trend has been snaking its way through closets for a while now, and this style by Vince makes them even more desirable. If animal prints aren’t your thing, these are available in a range of other neutrals including black, nude, and saddle-colored leathers and a black suede; since they’re on sale, you might as well stock up on a few. The broad straps give their front a contemporary texture and coverage, separating these mules from the pack, and the thick heel will keep you sure-footed—these are perfect to elevate your airport look, or to make part of your daily uniform.

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Nike Blazer Mid Rebel Sneaker

These are called “rebel sneakers” for good reason. At first glance, they may look like any new high-top: all-white, in the classic shape of a basketball sneaker, the only thing that stands out on the one side is some orange stitching. But look closely and you’ll see that this is no average sneaker. Mismatched white/black swooshes on either side meet asymmetrical lacing just below your ankle, while backward branding on the heel nods to the logo-hungry trends of today. They’re a go-to athleisure number that tells everyone you’re cool without you needing to.

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Nordstrom Signature Giovanna Mule

The gentle curve to the upper of these slides will make you feel like you’re sliding your feet into a piece of wearable art. The woven leather detailing, in a calm blend of black, navy and various shades of tan, makes these incredibly versatile—they’re a patterned neutral, wearable with any clothes in their colors. Couple them with a pair of pressed trousers for a low spin on your usual workwear.

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Vince Camuto Corlina Ankle Strap Sandal

Study the shape of this sandal. See the sturdy high heel, the slender ankle strap, the simple design; imagine the endless possibilities. The shape is so important but the color isn’t—it’s available in 22 different shades and patterns, so you can get the one that fits your lifestyle, whether that’s a crackly “pop pink leather” or an icy “swan lake suede.” It’s the shoe you step into to give any outfit a little lift; an understated partner that doesn’t steal the show from whatever look you pair it with, be it a bohemian sundress or a dark moto-suit.


Gucci now allows people to ‘try on’ its shoes without going to the store


NEW DELHI: Going out to malls or markets to shop for shoes will soon be passe!

Various startups have been, for some time now, using the cool technology of Augmented Reality (AR) to enable people to virtually try on stuff like clothes, spectacles, make-up and hair before actually making a purchase.

Recently, Italian luxury brand Gucci teamed up with technology partner Waanaby to launch the ‘Try On’, a groundbreaking AR function that allows people to “try-on” one of its Ace sneakers at any time and from anywhere with a simple push of a button, reported

So to buy a shoe, a person using the refreshed iOS Gucci app can pick the Ace sneakers of their choice and point their phone’s camera at their feet, after which they’re prompted to try the shoes on virtually.

From Gucci To Givenchy: A Peek Into Melania Trump’s High-On-Fashion UK Visit


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US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are currently on their state visit to the United Kingdom. From dining with the royals to exploring Downing Street 10 with British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip, their visit made headlines around the world. However, one of the highlights of the three-day tour was the first lady’s UK-inspired wardrobe.From Gucci to Givenchy, Mrs Trump opted for expensive brand labels again and left the world stunned with every look.

What’s more? A built-in photo feature lets people capture themselves “wearing” the models that speak to them and share their snaps via text, email, or social media.

While it is Gucci today, very soon other brands too could follow suit.

The Belarus based startup Wannaby had earlier this year launched its own app Wanna Kicks where users can virtually try on 3D models from Nike, Adidas, Allbirds and others.

The app uses real-time machine learning algorithms that take into consideration colour, texture, and lighting variations, plus a fully equipped printing studio that Wannaby uses to create 3D sneaker models.

All designed to create a tracking technology that’s robust enough to follow people’s footsteps as their feet move and rotate.

Apart from shoes the startup also offers Wanna Nails, an app that lets users “try on” nail polish from curated collections with real-time segmentation and recolouring.

Next on the startups agenda is jewellery and apparel.


Target Sets Sights on Wide-Width Shoe Customers With Trend-Driven Women’s Styles

Universal Thread Aviana Microsuede Block Heeled Mules

Target is going after a new demographic — the wide-width customer. The company has announced its plan to increase its current offering of women’s shoes in the category available at both Target stores and online.

According to the company, the initiative has been in the works. Over the past year it has expanded its offering of wide-width shoes, which currently makes up 30% of its entire women’s shoe department.

“We want our guests to know they can count on Target for a wide range of sizes and styles, from swimwear to intimates to apparel and shoes, so they can look and feel their very best,” said Jill Sando, SVP and GMM, apparel and accessories and home for Target. “In shoes, we’ve recently expanded our assortment to include hundreds of wide-width shoe options to ensure all guests can find the perfect shoes that fit amazing and complete their look.”

Coming for fall, Target is introducing more than 100 new styles in wide widths, including ballet flats, booties and heels. And the retailer will continue to expand these options across the kids’ and men’s departments.

Target is not alone in its efforts. There are a range of brands currently catering to the size-and-width market. These include Clarks, Easy Spirit, J. Renée, Naturalizer, Walking Cradles and others. While they have traditionally targeted a more mature customer, they’re now recognizing there are younger consumers today who need wider-width shoes, and they are raising the style bar on their collections to appeal to these consumers.


‘Next In Fashion’ Reality Competition Will Bow On Netflix, Offering Designers $250K And Showcase

Tan France (Queer Eye) and designer/model Alexa Chung will host Netflix’s “Next In Fashion,” a competition that pits designers in a battle to become the next big thing. No date has been set for the launch, but season one will have ten episodes.

“Next in Fashion” begins with eighteen designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses. Judges, including stylist Elizabeth Stewart and Instagram fashion guru Eva Chen are among judges who will evaluate their creations. More guest judges will be announced.

The winner will receive a $250,000 prize and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.

Next in Fashion is created and produced by theoldschool and is executive produced by Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton with co-executive producer Adam Cooper.


Zalando’s Director of Engineering on AI and the future of fashion

Image result for Zalando’s Director of Engineering on AI and the future of fashionLast week’s TNW Conference featured an amazing lineup of speakers, all sharing their unique knowledge and insights into the future of tech. A prominent theme this year was machine learning and artificial intelligence — namely, how industries can harness its power.

Stacia Carr, Director of Engineering at Zalando, gave an inspiring keynote about how she integrates this tech into her work.

As the fashion industry moves more and more online, customers want to know if the clothes they’re ordering will fit. Together with her team, Carr uses machine learning to make intelligent predictions on variations in size across the industry. We asked her more about her background, how she got to where she is today, and what the future holds:

You graduated from Berklee College of Music and went on to work in the music industry for a while. How did the transition towards engineering happen and what inspired the change?

For me the intellectual part of the transition was really natural — music is math — from math to computer science – and really overall, thinking in abstract concepts for system design is very similar to composition. Studying computer science felt really familiar and exciting to me. 

The inspiration for the shift was also very natural. I was at Berklee in the early ’90s just as affordable digital recording technologies were hitting the market. It was so obvious to me that with a dial-up modem and the possibility of making high quality recordings at home, suddenly we’re living in a world where one didn’t need to impress a record label in New York or LA to invest in a musician’s work.

The musician could take their future into their own hands. I wanted to make this happen so I started working in online music distribution startups where I could combine newly acquired programming skills with my music background. 

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You left San Francisco, the epicenter of tech entrepreneurship and innovation, for Berlin. What was the potential you saw in Europe and in Zalando in particular?

I loved working and living in San Francisco, particularly during the late ’90s and early 2000s. This was an incredible time of change, possibility, and people with very diverse backgrounds coming together to explore the potential of the internet with a lot of genuine curiosity and heartfelt desire to shape the future.   

What I experienced over the subsequent 15 years was an increased focus on creating wealth and development of products that seemed to benefit smaller numbers of people. I saw moving to Europe as a way to disrupt my personal and professional life trajectory.

I wanted to live in Europe since I was a teenager, but I had no idea what it would be like to work here. So the move was a way to push myself way out of my comfort zone and at the same time realize an important dream. 

Working at Zalando represented an opportunity to take my experience, share it with others, and support the development of the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

Zalando’s ambition felt very familiar to me and from my perspective the fashion industry is about where the music industry was when I first started working in the mid ’90s — ripe for disruption, innovation, and democratization through the possibility of digital automation. 

In interviews, you’re vocal about the need for more diversity in tech. Is there anything you wish you had known at the start of your journey as a woman in engineering?

My time at Berklee left me well prepared for working in a male dominated industry; while I was there, the male to female ratio was 9 to 1. If I could have spoken to my younger self both in music and in tech I would love to say, “don’t be fooled, they sound like they know what they’re talking about, but they have just as many questions as you do.”

Is leadership something that came naturally to you? What are the biggest challenges of being a leader of an engineering team?

Yes, I was the kid roping the neighborhood kids into building a lemonade stand or writing a local newspaper together. I love bringing people together to work as a team — the human connection and the possibility of creating something big together is exciting and personally fulfilling.    

When you lead engineers, technical folks, or just really smart people, you have an inherent responsibility to create a container for them to thrive that is also deeply connected to value creation for customers and business. It’s really easy for individuals to get caught up in their own growth ambition and lose sight of the customer or business objective. It’s your job to gently and thoughtfully reset that focus. 

Stacia Carr on stage at TNW Conference 2019 in Amsterdam

People don’t usually think about fashion as a tech-driven industry. What are the most exciting innovations we should be looking out for?

A lot of 3D is coming our way in the fashion world. As more and more fashion purchases move online, we as an industry need to turn to 3D technologies to be able to provide the customer with the right fit, ensuring a more sustainable experience for everyone.

Customers should be looking out for 3D fitting rooms, even more personalized recommendations, and inspiration in the form of outfits and collections to suit all occasions. Online shopping experiences are becoming increasingly personalized, making use of vast amounts of data and technologies such as machine learning to show that they know the customer better than anyone else.

At your role in Zalando, you’re innovating sizing with machine learning. What other areas of the fashion industry could benefit from this technology? Where do you see AI in fashion heading to in the future?

AI in fashion is, on the one hand, about creating a personalized experience for customers. Machine learning helps us to analyze the very personal nature of fashion and teach an algorithm what makes a good outfit, for example, allowing us to scale inspiration for the benefit of all our customers.

On the other hand, AI also offers sustainability. Using machine learning, we’ll be able to produce on demand, design in 3D, and reduce the type of wastage which has become commonplace with mass-produced clothing. It’s a very exciting time to be working in fashion!


Pushing Limits: Maverick Car Designer Frank Stephenson Takes On Electric F1 Speed Air Travel

Lilium Jet

Frank Stephenson’s latest project is the Lilium Jet, the world’s first electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft


Frank Stephenson designed the evocative Ferrari FXX and the McLaren P1 hypercar. He shaped what the MINI should be under BMW ownership. He re-imagined the Fiat 500 Italian icon for modern life. In a career spanning over 30 years, Stephenson has led design teams at Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Mini and McLaren. His next mission is to create the world’s first completely electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft – the Lilium Jet.

Frank Stephenson

The maverick designer has penned some of the most exciting and pioneering modern cars


“Chasing Perfect” offers a glimpse into the creative mind of the maverick vehicle designer who has sketched some of the most celebrated cars in modern motoring. Released on 20 May and available from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, the documentary traces Stephenson’s quest for pushing the boundaries of design. With the film, he says, he wanted to “throw open the doors to the creative process”, peeling away some of the mystery of car design as we learn of Stephenson’s inspirations and are treated to a tour of Jay Leno’s legendary garage.

Frank Stephenson with Jay Leno in Chasing Perfect

Frank Stephenson on a tour of Jay Leno’s legendary garage in “Chasing Perfect”


Most interestingly we learn of his next venture in air travel. Since 2018, as head of product design at the German firm Lilium Aviation, Stephenson has been working on the Lilium Jet for 2025. “What you see in the film is a genuine working prototype, and is designed to be taken to the skies, providing affordable flying taxi services around the world,” he says.

Ferrari FXX 2005

The 2005 Ferrari FXX is a track-only supercar, designed to give owners the closest feeling to a race car as technically possible


This is a highly progressive product, a quiet, all-electric flying hub with 300km range and Formula One speeds on air. The complex construction involves individual electric jet engines embedded into the aircraft’s wing flaps. “The design of the tilting flaps with their electric jet engines allows for a fixed wing aircraft that provides much more lift efficiency and higher straight-line speed than a drone type aircraft,” he tells me. “This translates into a faster, further and quieter journey.”

McLaren P1

The 2012 McLaren P1 hypercar allowed Stephenson to reimagine aerodynamic solutions based on biomimicry, the science of nature


The interior provided an opportunity to explore a whole new direction in design that could only be imagined as a conceptual or futuristic study in the past. “So many new advances in materials, lighting technology and smart electronics are now allowing us to create interiors that will suit this innovative means of travel,” he says. “It is exciting to be able to redefine what is the current state of transportation interiors and to set the course for a new wave of experiences for future customers.”

MINI Cooper

Frank Stephenson helped redesign the 21st century successor to the original MINI, when it was reborn under BMW ownership in 2000


With a back catalogue mainly in car design, I am interested to know how Stephenson’s automotive experience helped shaped this project. After all, projects like the P1 are exceptionally progressive involving highly advanced technology and material.

He offers: “The things I’ve learnt from automotive design apply to aircraft design in that the best design is always a direct result of what works well. Good design is a consequence of understanding sound engineering principles and pushing the limits of what is currently possible. It is the job of the designer in any field to think of new ways to raise the innovation bar with each new design. Otherwise the designer is an artist.”

Fiat 500, 2007

In 2007 Frank Stephenson was asked to redesign the Fiat 500 Italian 50s icon for a modern global market

FIAT 500

Stephenson admits there are fundamental differences though too. Car design tends to be centered mainly around brand identity and aesthetics, interior comfort, luggage space and performance. In aviation, he says, these elements will also apply, but the focus will be mainly on safety and weight reduction. “The objectives now are to create a jet design that provides the best performance and most exhilarating experience to customers who need to get from one place to another. The aesthetics will fall into place accordingly.”

The 1992 Ford Escort Cosworth features an enormous tail spoiler

The 1992 Ford Escort Cosworth by Frank Stephenson features an enormous tail spoiler


His team are involved with all aspects of the of the customer journey at Lilium. The landing pads, lounges and integrated services also need to introduce simplicity to the world of travel. “Customer satisfaction is at the center of our core values and this requires that we put our efforts into the humanization of the experience of flying with Lilium.”

He reveals that he is currently also involved in a project even more advanced than the Lilium Jet. “I am convinced transportation like this will become reality sooner than people tend to think.”

Chasing Perfect

Poster art for “Chasing Perfect” a new film documenting the life and work of Frank Stephenson


I ask Stephenson if he purposely set out to be part of the dialogue in forming the next stage of mobility. He replies that he took this opportunity precisely as “it feels like the next intelligent step in solving many of the problems with today’s age of mobility.” He says even though designing cars is definitely a dream job, especially the projects he was involved with, “after 30 years it is dawning on me that there has to be a much more efficient way of getting from A to B”, he says. “The great minds of our team at Lilium are intent on improving mobility for the masses and the positive effects of this on our society are undeniable. Hence it is an irresistible challenge for a designer to be a part of this mission.”