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Black History Month at Macy's - Inspiring Discussions on Black Style during the Soul Era

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

In celebration of Black History Month, Macy's continues to set the standards for cultural and historical relevancy in the fashion retail world by inspiring discussion on culture and fashion influence. Going beyond just shopping, Macy's is bringing together June Ambrose and Johnetta Boone to examine the soul era and how it influenced black style, trends and designers who have made an impact on the fashion industry as we know it today.

Celebrity fashion stylists and designers June Ambrose and Johnetta Boone will lead a panel discussion on Soul Era style and take a look back at the fashion, accessories and attitude that rocked the runways of the ‘60s and ‘70s, which had an undeniable effect on the way people look and dress today. June and Johnetta will be visiting 8 stores nationwide and will stop by Chicago's very own Macy's on State this Thursday February 19th at 5:30PM.

June Ambrose is well known for her role on VH1's Styled by June. She's a style icon, author and celebrity stylist who has worked with the likes of Zoe Saldana, Missy Elliott, Kelly Ripa, Kim Cattrall, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Garcelle Beauvais and Ciara. In a world where image is everything, few stylists have the power of June Ambrose, whose agency the Mode Squad, Inc. is responsible for the stylistic evolution of some of today's most influential entertainers and recording artists. She is powerhouse of a woman and an inspiration to many young black women nationwide. 

Johnetta Boone has become one of Hollywood's most sought after costumer designers and has firmly established her credibility after 30 years in the industry. If you have seen films such as “Cadillac Records” and “For Colored Girls”, you've most definitely been exposed to her creative vision and body of work. Her experience and influence in the industry will definitely help to create an invigorating and exciting experience and conversation during the panel discussion. 

Following the panel discussion, Macy’s will host a customer reception along with an informal fashion show of recreated trends from the Soul Era. From February 1 through 28, visit to enter for the chance to win a trip for two to New York City, the style capital of the world, a Macy's shopping spree and a makeover by celebrity stylist, June Ambrose!

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