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Michael Kors Fights Hunger

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Seriously, is there anything Michael Kors hasn’t done? After building an international fashion mega-brand, winning a slew of design awards, and serving as a wacky but lovable judge on Project Runway, Kors is looking to add “cured hunger” to his résumé. Today, the designer announced that he has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme in an effort to alleviate the international hunger crisis. This is, however, not the first time Kors has dedicated himself to this cause: Last year, he donated $5 million to God’s Love We Deliver, an initiative that brings meals to those living with severe illnesses in New York City, Newark, and the Hudson County.

“I wanted to commit our company to something with global impact, because we’re a global brand,” Kors told Style.com. “The World Food Programme is working to solve the problem of world hunger, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with them. It’s exciting that we are engaging in an effort with the potential to help so many people.”

Founded fifty years ago, the WFP feeds more than ninety million people in seventy countries each year, and has deemed hunger “the world’s most solvable problem.” For his part, Kors plans to raise millions of dollars over the next few years via a series of campaigns and initiatives. Come March, Kors will release two unisex watch styles for his “Watch Hunger Stop” campaign. The sale of each watch will help feed one hundred children. And today the designer kicks things off with a PSA, which, aiming to promote awareness for the cause, features fashion, music, and film stars like Seth Meyers, Bette Midler, Alexandra Richards, Olivia Munn, Cody Horyn, Karolina Kurkova, and more. For information on how you can help, watch Kors’ film (above) or visit the designer’s Web site.

World AIDS Day 2010:
What You Can Do (And Buy) To Help

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December 1 marks World AIDS Day, dedicated to raising awareness and funding to fight the disease, and the fashion industry has stepped up to help. This morning, designer (and amfAR chairman) Kenneth Cole—joined by Liza Minnelli, Cheyenne Jackson, and Project Runway competitor Mondo Guerra—rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, to commemorate the occasion. Celebs-turned-designers Kim Kardashian and Justin Timberlake and style icon Lady Gaga are among the many signing off of Twitter and Facebook until $1 million is raised for Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive charity—a worthy gesture, even if the ads proclaiming “Kim Kardashian Is Dead” are a little macabre.

Looking for a way to help? As Michael Kors reminded us in our video, donating to God’s Love We Deliver—an organization which delivers meals to homebound people with HIV and AIDS—is a great way to show support at the holidays. (Click here for more information and to donate.) There are also plenty of things to buy. Giles Deacon’s collaboration with Happy Socks ($110, www.happysocks.com) goes on sale here today—at least 25 percent of the proceeds will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. If music’s more to your taste, pick up the hipster-endorsed Dark Was the Night album ($13.28, www.amazon.com), with contributions from fashion favorites Cat Power, Arcade Fire, Feist, David Byrne, and more—the Red Hot Organization, which sponsored the album, announced today that it has so far donated $1,000,000 to AIDS-related organizations. Finally, if you’re still feeling the classics, there’s always Maison Martin Margiela’s AIDS awareness tee, a staple of the house’s collections since 1994. You can get the standard version, a V-neck printed with the slogan “There Is More Action to Be Done to Fight AIDS Than to Wear This T-Shirt but It’s a Good Start,” at Margiela stores today; proceeds go to the French nonprofit AIDES. This year, the shirt is being issued in a special new style: in Japanese (pictured).

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