Macy’s Icons of Style is here to help with that, with five Black designers you need to know about in 2021 and beyond. The collaboration between the department store and these fashion designers debuted March 29 on Macy’s site and in-person at select stores nationwide.
With clothing spanning ready-to-wear, men’s, and shoes, the esteemed designers include by Misa Hylton, Aminah Abdul Jillil and Allen Onyia designing for I.N.C, International Concepts, Zerina Akers for Bar III and Ouigi Theodore for Sun + Stone.
These brands are only found at Macy’s, and so are the exclusive spring designs. The special collaboration landing page with all the designers will be live until May 21 and the collection itself available to shop until it sells out but we highly recommend shopping now, as styles are sure to go fast.
“We are thrilled to celebrate Black excellence and amplify the voices and exceptional talent of five Black creatives,” said Durand Guion, vice president, Macy’s Fashion Office in the press release. “We’re using this moment to tell their stories and provide our fashion-devoted customers with exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces to help them express their personal style.”
Now to introduce the icons themselves and let their stories and style shine through. See below for a more in-depth look into the collections and the designers making Macy’s history and serious waves in the fashion world.
Black Americans have made innumerable contributions to this country’s iconic fashion styles and trends. But, due to racism, those same Black Americans have often been denied access to the fashion industry itself. Macy’s wants to change that. And the department story is actually doing something about it, releasing collaborative Icons of Style collections with Black creatives including Zerena Akers, Misa Hylton, Aminah Abdul Jillil, Allen Onyia, and Ouigi Theodore.
In March, Complex gave you a look at the first drop from Akers, Hylton, and Abdul Jillil, but now, with spring in the air, we’re here to focus on the upcoming Allen Onyia for INC and Ouigi Theodore for Sun + Stone collections releasing on May 28. With an eye to classic American style updated for 2021, the forthcoming collections from Onyia and Theodore feature bold, wearable items like denim overalls, military-style trousers and shorts, and even baseball jerseys and souvenir jackets. Scope the new designs below, then go to Macy’s to get yourself some new spring outfits.
Director: Steve Dabal
Director of Photography: Griffin Yu
Director of Photography Unit B: Brian Beckwith
Producer: Clare Stukel
Line Producer: Harry Baruch
Prop Stylist: Rochelle Bennett
Swing: Vincent Cota
Swing: Jesse Moritz
Audio: Kip Sturm
PA: Hrishi Bardhan