CULTURE-DEFINING ERAS OF BLACK STYLE IN CELEBRATION
New York City, USA– This February, culture defining trends take center stage as Macy’s examines the influence of Black style in celebration of Black History Month 2014. From the Harlem Renaissance to urban-wear and high fashion glamour, Black style has influenced popular culture for decades. Through special events and panel discussions at select Macy’s stores across the country, style experts and thought leaders, such as famed fashion editor Constance White, supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Tracee Ellis Ross, will highlight the uniqueness of black fashion and how many of these styles have been adopted, reinterpreted and reinvigorated by new generations, inspiring countless fashion-savvy ladies and gentlemen of today.
“As a retailer with more than 150-years of fashion history, Macy’s has seen the evolution of Black style firsthand and we are thrilled to examine and celebrate the style icons and trends that have defined generations, in honor of Black History Month,” said Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer for Macy’s. “As part of our annual celebration of the cultural and historical contributions made by African-Americans, these series of events will take a meaningful fashion journey through time, highlighting Black style influences past, present and future.”
For over 15-years, Constance White has defined her legacy as a fashion reporter and style guru for women, especially African-American women. She has served as a fashion reporter for the New York Times and editor-in-chief of Essence. Now Consulting Editor for Silicon Valley start-up Ozy.com, White also made history as the first and only Black executive fashion editor at a major fashion magazine, Elle. With her new guest role as lead panelist at select Macy’s stores, White will share her insight into popular trends originated in the African-American community, current style leaders shaping the fashion landscape and her advice for pulling off some of the most popular trends seen on the side walk and the cat walk.
“Black culture has impacted style around the world from the rich Holland cloth of Nigeria to the cool turbans young women and men are wearing in every American city. It’s a style that’s rich, innovative and cool. I’m excited to join Macy’s in giving it its due,” said Constance White.
Macy’s Black History Month Celebration 2014 also coincides with the 40th anniversary of Beverly Johnson’s historic VOGUE cover. In August 1974, Beverly became the first Black model to grace the cover of the iconic magazine. This event broke the color barrier in the fashion world, forever changing the beauty ideal in the fashion world and paved the way for future Black women in the fashion industry. A long time entrepreneur and hair and fashion influencer, The New York Times has named her to their “20th Century’s 100 Most Influential People in the Fashion Industry” list.
“I was very excited to learn that Macy’s is devoting a great deal of time and energy to the subject of Black style and how it influences pop culture,” Ms. Johnson commented. “Tracee Ellis Ross and Constance White always have something insightful and entertaining to offer, and I look forward to appearing with them.”
Following the panel discussion, Macy’s will host a reception for its customers along with an informal fashion show highlighting recreated trends from different style eras.
From February 1-28, visit macys.com/celebrate to enter for a chance to win a Delta Vacations trip for two to New York City and a $1,000 Macy’s shopping spree. For more information and details, readers may visit www.macys.com/celebrate for complete entry rules or visit the event store for more information).
Macy’s Union Square – San Francisco, CA – February 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Macy’s Baldwin Hills – Los Angeles, CA – February 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Macy’s Galleria Hidalgo – Houston, TX – February 8th at 2:00 p.m.
Macy’s Center City – Philadelphia, PA – February 12th at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Herald Square – New York, NY – February 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Macy’s State Street – Chicago, IL – February 19th at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Lenox – Atlanta, GA – February 20th at 6:00 p.m.
Macy’s Aventura – Miami, FL – February 22nd at 2:00 p.m.
Macy’s Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA – February 26th at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Metro Center – Washington D.C. – February 27th at 5:30 p.m.
For a complete listing of Macy’s Black History Month events, please visit www.macys.com/celebrate.