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Kenneth Cole is a man with a fashion label, but he’s also a man with a megaphone: He’s never been shy about using his ad campaigns, especially outdoor billboards, to get his message across, and left the shoes to the shoe stores. (He was a pioneer of raising AIDS awareness, among other causes.) Here’s his latest, which is going up as we speak over New York’s West Side Highway. To see the alternate version that would have gone up in the case of a Romney victory, follow @KennethCole.
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).
Twenty-five years in business has done little to stymie Kenneth Cole’s penchant for puns. Last night’s Silver Anniversary celebration was no exception. “As we’ve always said, to be aware is even more important than what you wear,” the designer opined at the launch of Awearness: Inspiring Stories About How to Make a Difference. “I think everyone wants to make a change,” Cole added of his potential audience. “They just don’t know how—that’s what this book does.” A who’s who of the civic-minded, the 86-story compendium features essays from the likes of Sir Elton John, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and actress/activist Jane Fonda. On hand to celebrate: Lauren Bush, who contributed a piece on world hunger, and Diane von Furstenberg, sporting an Obama pin on her lapel. Turns out most people still had the election on their minds. Co-host (and Obama canvasser) Rosario Dawson was visibly elated. “At least there’s a feeling right now that some things can change,” the actress said. “I don’t think that people have felt like that in a long time. We have an opportunity to do something right now, and that’s huge.”