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After a week of fashion shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, there are few trends that stand out, among them: pale tones and sexy shoes.
The shoes are sexy, but the walking is treacherous.
Both on and off the runway, shoes were turning heads — and possibly a few ankles — at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week's Spring 2011 shows.
Whatever the style — be it a gladiator sandal, a platform wedge, or a stacked heel — there was a common theme: extreme height. So much so that more than a few women were spotted having to slip off their heels and slip on another shoe in order to navigate New York's streets, especially in the cobble-stoned Meatpacking District where some fashion shows took place.
Click ahead to see a sample of what's in store for spring.
By Christina Cheddar-Berk
Posted 17 Sept 2010
Blue Nile CEO Diane Irvine says she wants to be "a disruptive force" in the jewelry industry, and she just may have the killer app to do it.
A sneak peek at a new app that Blue Nile will debut at the Applestore in about a week shows the online jeweler really knows its customer.
The app has elements designed to appeal to both women and men, and gives the tech savvy a powerful tool when they go shopping for a diamond.
'Tis the season for the Christmas holiday shopping prognosticating to begin. (Yes, it's only September, but in retail-land, Christmas never really ends, does it?)
Looking for more evidence that stock market volatility and economic uncertainty are taking a toll on consumer confidence?
Last Christmas, retailers were tussling in the toy aisle, as discounters such as Target and Wal-Mart fought to win holiday sales by touting low prices and "toys under $10."
Not too long ago in advertising, a review in a nationally syndicated column was a huge break for a brand looking for some buzz.
Sales at U.S. retailers may have posted their largest gain in five months ... a scant 0.4 percent.
Fashion designers draw their inspiration from many sources, so the fact that several young designers used the W hotels as their muse for their new collections may not be startling.
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg said she expects the fashion industry "surfed the tsunami" of rough economic times, and she's very optimistic for the future.
Christina Cheddar Berk is editor of CNBC.com's Consumer Nation and chief trend spotter.
Courtney is a retail reporter for CNBC.
Tom is a Senior Editor and Assignment Desk Manager for CNBC TV. He also writes about the business of beer for CNBC.com.
Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of CNBC's 5pm ET show "Fast Money."
CNBC Segment Producer
Retail expert Robin Lewis offered what he called a "win-win" solution for two retailers: Amazon should acquire Sears.
A new agreement requires GrubHub to ensure fees it charges restaurants for its service does not sap tips from delivery people or other workers.
Lululemon is having its first analyst day since its new CEO took over in January. Stacey Widlitz, CNBC retail analyst, provides perspective.