Sunday, February 2, 2014

KENNETH COLE Talks at The National Arts Club

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

To commemorate the publication of This Is A Kenneth Cole Production (2013, Rizzoli) written by Kenneth Cole and Lisa Birnbach, with contribution by Diane Von Furstenberg, Joe Zee and Bill Clinton, the National Arts Club Fashion Committee presented an evening with Kenneth Cole on January 24th.

This Is A Kenneth Cole Production is the first and definitive book on the fashion of Kenneth Cole and his thirty year career in fashion and social activism. His footwear and fashion design capture the New York style. Kenneth Cole jump started his fashion business in the most unorthodox of ways: he created a film set and pretended to make a film in order to gain access to New York Market Week. In two and a half days, Kenneth Cole Productions sold 40,000 pairs of shoes. Moments like this are par for the course when viewing Cole’s career, a truly original yet classic American success story.

A Kenneth Cole Production looks at Cole’s world in fashion, from his earliest days learning the shoe business from his father to building his empire into a brand powerhouse; from creating sought-after shoes and bags to being credited with making basic black the ultimate go-to color for sleek and stylish city garb; and from the origins of his powerful ad campaigns to his vigilant social activism and his significant style and exciting pop-culture contributions to the fashion world.
Books will be available for purchase.

Dapper David Zyla, Chair of the NAC Fashion Committee, introduces
Kenneth to a very expectant and appreciative audience

Throughout his lecture, Kenneth was constantly referring to his involvement in social activism. When I did random paging through his book in order to photograph some of the content for this blog, I repeatedly came across pages illustrating social causes Kenneth Cole Productions has been involved with.

Valerie Lynn, Toni Silber-Delerive, Gloria Avery, and Diana Edley

Kenneth and Angela Lui, member of the NAC Fashion Committee, pose for the smartphones

Darlene Orlov and her mom Evelyn

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