Kenneth Cole meet Kitty Bradshaw #conversationwithKennethCole

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Yesterday, I attended the Conversations with Kenneth Cole/ amfAR event at the Kenneth Cole headquarters and showroom.  This event was part networking, part tribute to Kenneth Cole‘s years of commitment and service to bringing awareness to HIV/AIDS, and a Q&A sessions moderated by David Lipke, Senior Editor for WWD (Women’s Wear Daily).

During the Q&A session, we listened to Mr. Cole speak about how he used his platform to bring awareness to a cause that was not necessarily a popular one to support 25 years ago.  Back in the 80’s people associated HIV/AIDS with being homosexual or being of Haitian decent.  People didn’t understand or accept why a single, white male would want to champion for a cause/ disease that was seen as “taboo”.  Kenneth Cole had the foresight to know that through awareness comes prevention.  He used his time, money, and brand to get other celebrities involved and raise money for a cure.  Mr. Cole stated that when he first started, there were only 17 organizations dedicated to HIV/AIDS research.  Fast forward to now, that number has ballooned… but Kenneth Cole stressed that the fight must continue on until a cure is found.

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Towards the end, Kenneth Cole spoke about his experiences working along side celebrities who also championed for this cause such as Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone, Elton John, and countless others.  Mr. Cole spoke candidly about his final conversation with Elizabeth Taylor and how through her illness she was still determined to make personal appearances to support HIV/AIDS funding. I honestly enjoyed this event; and must give a special thank you to Heather-Sky McField for inviting me out.  This event provided the opportunity to get insight from one of the pioneers of the HIV/AIDS awareness movement.  He tackled a subject that was not a popular one to address, and went against the grain.  Kenneth Cole made it fashionable to remove one’s head from the sand, an for that I appreciate him.

In addition to the event, we got to view Kenneth Cole‘s Fall/ Winter 2013 collection straight from the runway’s of New York Fashion Week which occurred 3 weeks ago.  I am glad Team Kenneth Cole moved the Q&A session separate from the showroom… I would have been distracted by all of the clothing with their colorful textures, mixtures of metals and intense hues, and metallic sweaters!!!!  *sighs*  This was way better than attending the show itself.  Below are the pictures… please leave comments and tell me what you think.  My favorite moment was getting the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Kenneth and David.  Side Note:  You may recognize David Lipke from his appearance on The Face, episode 2.

 

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Kenneth Cole Fall/ Winter 2013

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Kenneth was so laid back and he has been in the fight against AIDS for years – you could definitely feel his passion for this cause. I love that he’s not afraid to put it out there in his company to show his total support for it.

  2. Autumn says

    I’ve never heard of Kenneth Cole before, until I read your post. I think it’s amazing at the fact that he put in so much of his time and effort into finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.
    *p.s.: My favorite article of clothing had to be those studded heels & those cheetahish (if that’s a word) shoes.

  3. says

    PLEASE PICK ME FOR THE MINDLESS BEHAVIOR CONTEST. IT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE BECASE THEY ARE MY IDOLS AND INSPIRATIONS. I WOULD BE SO GREATFUL IF I WON. ME AND MY FRIEND WILL BE ABLE TO EXPERINCE MEETING THEM TOGETHER WHICH WILL BE SUPER AMAZING. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS CONTEST

  4. says

    Hey Demetria here again. I’m posting my comment on my behalf of the Mindless Behaviors Contest. I am the huge fan from New Jersey and really deserve to have my opportunity with the boys! Keep doing what you do Kitty Bradshaw #muchlove ! I will also like to thank you for actually acting upon to doing this contest. Most bloggers promise fans but never act on . You took the time out of your life to come up with a brillanr Idea. It also attracted more people to your site because there are a lot of people in TeamMindless that would love to meet MB. Doing this attracted more viewers for you. you deserve it hun! Good day.

  5. says

    HI KITTY MY NAME IS CHRISTINA . IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME IF I GOT THE CHANCE TO WIN THIS CONTEST & MEET MINDLESS BEHAVIOR :) I FOLLOW YOU ON ALL YOUR ACCOUNTS LOL TWITTER, PINTEREST , YOUTUBE , FACEBOOK , IG AND ALL THE ABOVE LOL MY TWITTER IS @TinaaSuumSKiNN IN CASE YOU NEEDED TO KNOW

  6. says

    I WANNA WIN THIS CONTEST SO BADLY I WOULD PROBABLY CRY , FREAK OUT , SPAZZ I WOULD DO EVERYTHING IN THE BOOK THAT MAKES ME GO CRAZY BECAUSE IT WOULD MEAN THAT MUCH TO ME IF I WON ESPECIALLY BECAUSE I NEVER WON ANYTHING IN MY LIFE BEFORE SO IT WOULD MEAN A LOT I REALLY DO HOPE I WIN THIS CONTEST SO I COULD HAVE THE EXPERIENCE WITH MINDLESS BEHAVIOR & JUST HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH THEM

  7. says

    KENNETH COLE IS TRULY AMAZING IT’S SO WONDERFUL HOW YOU GOT A CHANCE TO MEET HIM & I REALLY HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL & GREAT TIME MEETING HIM & I KNOW YOU LEARNED MORE ABOUT HIM I WOULD LOVE TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW YOU TOOK OF HIM IF IT’S POSSIBLE

  8. says

    I AM SO AMAZED WITH KENNETH THERE IS LIKE NO WORDS FOR ME TO SAY HE IS TRULY INSPIRING & I LOVE ENERGY & CONCEPT & THE FACT THE HE’S WILLING TO FIND A CURE & CHANGE SO PEOPLE LIVES & MAKE THEM HAPPY

  9. says

    SOOOOOOOOO I’AM KAYLA AKA @peacekayladope and you don’t understand my LOVE for mindless behavior. I’ve been there for everything first concert in New York first album release signing. I support them by promoting them and telling all my friends about them.

  10. says

    Mindless behavior have taught me how to be myself and not let anyone else judge me on my personality or the way I dress. They taught me you don’t have to be anyone else but yourself and I’m mindlessly above the influence – Kayla :D

  11. says

    HI MY @ name is @peacekayladope I FOLLOW YOU ON ALLLLL YOUR ACCOUNTS EVERYTHING YOU HAVE MADE I FOLLOW AND IM A HUGE SUPPORTER OF THE BOYS SO LIKE ON TWITTER YOU SAID COMMENT O OTHER POSTS FOR BETTER CHANCES TO WIN! My name is Kayla I entered the mindless behavior contest and I don’t have a fave boy really I like em all but if I had to choose Ray ray and I really hope I win I’m a huge supporter and fan and I have been a fan since 2010 Like that’s 3 years of support and to be there for they’re movie debut will kill me on the inside like I will be in tears watching em grow up to be such gentleman. But don’t worry I am a polite young girl my mama raised me right so if I win and meet them I know my manners and probably just MAAAAAAYBE freak out like just a little just a little lol but anyways I hope I win – Kayla

  12. says

    PLEASE PICK ME FOR THE MINDLESS BEHAVIOR CONTEST. IT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE BECASE THEY ARE MY IDOLS AND INSPIRATIONS. I WOULD BE SO GREATFUL IF I WON. ME AND MY FRIEND WILL BE ABLE TO EXPERINCE MEETING THEM TOGETHER WHICH WILL BE SUPER AMAZING. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS CONTEST

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