Oscar winner, Halle Berry and fashion designer/Project Runway judge Michael Kors launched their “Watch Hunger Stop” campaign at the Four Seasons Hotel Pool Room in New York City this weekend. “Watch Hunger Stop” will provide meals to children in Africa with intentions to extend to Central America. Funds for the program will come from the sale of MK’s Runway watch ($295). One hundred meals will be provided to children for each watch that is sold – meals will be provided through the U.N. World Food Programme. Read The Rest
Today, Gotham magazine highlights 6 designers who give big. The article by Stephanie Murg, focuses on these designers’ creative fashion of giving by raising awareness and funds for causes near and dear to their hearts. Causes range from preserving NYC landmarks and providing for the city’s foster children to projects across the globe to fight hunger.
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” said Coco Chanel. “Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” For these six masters of runway and retail—Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, Rachel Roy, and Michael Kors—fashion also exists in the way that they give. Their commitments to a range of causes, from efforts to preserve New York City landmarks and provide for the city’s foster children to projects in Africa that address the global plight of hunger, are deeply personal. In addition to cash contributions, they’re also pioneering fresh, creative approaches to raise awareness and much-needed funds. “Philanthropy and commerce are a powerful combination,” says Karan. “It’s addressing and dressing at the same time.”
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amfAR held its annual New York Gala last night to honor the Chairman of the Board of amfAR, designer Kenneth Cole, legendary performer and amfAR Ambassador Janet Jackson, and supermodel Heidi Klum, for their exceptional contributions to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS. The black tie benefit was held at Cipriani Wall Street, and featured a special performance by Grammy-winning recording artist CeeLo Green.
The Gala was also the official launch to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, marking the start of the Fall 2013 Collections at Lincoln Center, February 7-14. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony to kick things off.
Mr. Cole’s contributions to amfAR and the fight against AIDS are innumerable. He has served on amfAR’s Board of Trustees for more than 25 years, becoming chairman in 2004. Mr. Cole was one of the first public figures to speak out about the issue of AIDS, and through his company, Kenneth Cole Productions, he has created powerful public awareness campaigns to combat HIV-related stigma and complacency about the AIDS epidemic.
Janet Jackson has been involved with amfAR for the past 15 years. In 1997 she donated all the proceeds of her hit single “Together Again” to the Foundation, and as an amfAR Ambassador, she has chaired many of amfAR’s most important benefit events, using her visibility as a musical icon to help improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS around the globe. Read The Rest
Michael Kors just announced a long-term partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme, dedicated to helping solve the international hunger crisis.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has been providing much-needed food assistance to vulnerable people, particularly mothers and children, around the world for 50 years. The organization works in more than 70 countries and feeds 90 million people annually, making it the largest organization fighting hunger around the world. As an extension of the United Nations, it provides emergency and developmental assistance to eliminate hunger and food-insecurity in the world’s poorest countries. In partnering with WFP, Michael Kors hopes to raise awareness and funds that will help to eradicate what WFP has deemed “the world’s most solvable problem.” Read The Rest