New York—It’s been a busy few week for Macy’s. There was the Super Bowl, the Lunar (Chinese) New Year and upcoming Valentine’s Day. But the department store also is making time this month to celebrate Black History Month with a series of special events across the country, featuring style experts and thought leaders, such as fashion editor Constance White, supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Tracee Ellis Ross.
“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,” said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer at Macy’s.
Heritage of Black Style
For more than 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 originating 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 sidewalk and the catwalk.
“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 White.
Macy’s Black History Month Celebration also coincides with the 40th anniversary of Beverly Johnson’s historic Vogue cover. In August 1974, Johnson became the first black model to grace the 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,” 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.
Through Feb. 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 a complete listing of Macy’s Black History Month events, see www.macys.com/celebrate.