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Macy's salutes Black creatives in new Icons of Style collection

Sara Bauknecht, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

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In time to give wardrobes a spring style boost, Macy's has released its limited-edition Icons of Style collection, which celebrates the work of five Black creatives.

"We are thrilled to celebrate Black excellence and amplify the voices and exceptional talent of five Black creatives," Durand Guion, the vice president of Macy's Fashion Office, said in a statement. "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."

Here are the featured designers and their inspirations:

Zerina Akers for Bar III: Feminine meets modern in this capsule's chain-link embellished bodysuits, strong shoulder knit dresses and creative twists on the classic sweatshirt.

Misa Hylton for I.N.C. International Concepts: Bold, vibrant prints come to life in feminine suiting, printed blouses and kimonos — a nod to the designer's Black and Japanese heritage.


Aminah Abdul Jillil for I.N.C. International Concepts: Her collection salutes the statement heel. Gold hearts and chunky chains, along with other unexpected shapes and dramatic details, make for shoes that are versatile yet timeless.

Allen Onyia for I.N.C. International Concepts: Think menswear that makes a statement. Pieces blend tradition with modern, trend-forward elements through Onyia's color, pattern and silhouette choices.

Ouigi Theodore for Sun + Stone: Theodore's menswear collection is sprinkled with personal touches, including symbolic uses of dates that are significant to him, hand-drawn artwork and vintage military references. It's dedicated to his mother and delivers an aesthetic that's modern yet rooted in fashion history.

As part of Macy's efforts to support the growth and advancement of Black-owned businesses, its Icons of Style collection will feature additional installments in May and September. The spring capsule is available in select stores now and online at while selections last.

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