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Anniversary Sale Picks: The Designer Edition

The first rule: Buyers know best.

The second rule: See the first rule.

When it comes time to shop our yearly Anniversary Saleand in case you missed the alerts: it’s time!—it just makes good sense to check in with the men and women who curate our top designer merchandise. They strategize these steals and deals with you in mind, and we do mean strategize; read on to find out what iconic Alexander Wang handbag was reinstated specifically for us, and for you.

OK, ready? Let’s do this—from the ground up.

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Alexander Wang’s Kenze boot: $484.90 during our Anniversary Sale, $725 after sale

Says our designer shoe buyer John Langston of Alexander Wang‘s Kenze boots: “They have all the elements of fall’s best trends and they’re so identifiably Wang! They personify Alex’s spirit of individuality and the playful, romantic poet.”

How to wear them? Glad you asked. “This season, short boots act as a new alternative go-to option,” says John. “Skip the pumps and pair these with a myriad of looks—from a cropped carrot pant to an ankle-length straight-leg denim jean or a sleek pencil skirt.”

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Yigal Azrouël’s printed scuba dress: $529.90 during our Anniversary Sale, $890 after sale

Consider those chunky-heeled beauties with this, Yigal Azrouël‘s printed scuba dress.

Here’s why Jennifer De Luca, our designer ready-to-wear buyer, loves it: “This dress really speaks to the DNA of Yigal’s brand, and it speaks to trend too. The scuba material is so hot right now, and it’s very flattering to all shapes and sizes. Then you have the lace detail—the fact that it’s actually a print keeps it really modern. For day weddings, cocktail parties or to work with a little cropped jacket, all you need to add is a great pair of shoes.”

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Alexander Wang’s pebbled hobo bag: $598.90 during our Anniversary Sale, $895 after sale

And a handbag, of course.

“I have a very casual-downtown style on the weekends and I love an ‘everything bag,'” says designer and luxury handbag buyer Jenn Sabenorio.” Alexander Wang‘s Darcy hobo completely fits the bill; it’s slouchy with multifunction straps and an effortless drape, and it’s got the iconic Dumbo lambskin leather and signature hardware details. The colors are so on-point for the fall season.

“What’s really cool is that Alex brought this style out of the archives specifically for Nordstrom Anniversary. The Darcy hobo was in the collection that launched Rocco years ago,” she added. “Let’s face it, I’ll take any reason to buy something emotional, relevant and fresh for the season—the Anniversary Sale always kicks off my entire fall wardrobe inspiration!”

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