MEL DEBARGE REVEALS HIS NYFW BEATS.
New York Fashion week is as much about the after-parties as it is about the runway shows, and what’s a good party without a stellar playlist? DJ Mel DeBarge, a household name in the A-list party scene, will be spinning at some of Fashion Week’s most exclusive events this year. To enjoy his picks before any of the sartorially gifted partygoers do, click here for his get-up-and-dance playlist.
SAHARA AND THE CITY.
The inspiration behind our Spring 2013 Collection, hitting stores now, is based on the “urban nomad.” It’s the idea of mixing textures reminiscent of ancient desert cultures with the modern designs of present-day Manhattan. It’s East meets West, old meets new, and intricate meets minimalist. Simple shapes get ethnic embellishments; slouchy constructions get paired with tailored pieces. For women, think: mini-skirts with flowing blouses, pure linen that looks like leather, and chiffon tops embroidered with jewels, beading, and gold tassels. The men’s line shares the same lived-in spirit as the women’s, but the pieces have a harder edge, with an emphasis on the motorcycle jacket (a wardrobe staple for guys this spring). Also look out for collarless linen shirts, sharply tailored slim pants, leather vests, and loose-fitting shorts. Ultimately, both the men’s and women’s lines are signature Kenneth Cole infused with the spirit of the desert.
MINI BAGS: BIG TREND.
If the old adage “good things come in small packages” never resonated with you, perhaps you’ll reconsider when you take a look at the diminutive designs above. Our collection of mini bags are compact, cool, and decidedly on-trend. Whether the occasion calls for a relaxed cross-body strap or a sophisticated top-handle one, these tiny totes are the perfect accent for both dressed-up and dressed-down looks. Still have pint-size purse phobia? Don’t worry: these bags carry surprisingly more than you would think. An array of zippers and pockets allow for all the girl-about-town necessities, plus a little more. Just leave the hair-dryer and toy poodle at home.
HELPING RE-PAIR THE HOMELESS.
This year marks the 20th year Kenneth Cole has conducted a shoe drive for the homeless. (To pay homage to this anniversary, the ad above was taken from our archives.) While we’ve proudly collected over 1.5 million shoes in the last 20 years, you can help us collect even more by bringing in a gently worn pair of shoes to a Kenneth Cole store or a Kenneth Cole Outlet store and get 20% off a new pair from February 1-15, 2013. Donations will go to HELP USA or your local homeless organization. Offer cannot be used with any other promotion.
TWEET YOURSELF TO OUR TWITTER PARTY.
Join the Twitter conversation today at 4pm EST between @KennethCole, @bryanboy, and @BagSnob, as they discuss the upcoming Kenneth Cole Collection runway show, the inspiration behind it, and more. Tweet your best question to #KCRUNWAY for a chance to win two tickets to the show in NYC on February 7.
SPOTTED ON THE RED CARPET
All of Homeland’s stars looked great at last night’s SAG Awards, but Timothée Chalamet (aka Finn Walden) and Jackson Pace (aka Chris Brody) owned the red carpet in head-to-toe Kenneth Cole.
OBSESSION CONFESSION: COLOR-BLOCKED SWEATER DRESS
Sometimes the sexiest looks are not overtly sexy at all. This body-conscious dress is more sporty than sultry, but its waist-defining color blocks and curve-skimming knit fabric ramp up the wow factor. We’ve taken the editorial liberty of showing this look with bare legs, but for a more office/winter-friendly option, tights are a suggested addition.
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT.
Upload the best shots of your Kenneth Cole shoes and bags (the more vintage, the better) on Facebook for a chance to win one of many $100 gift cards. You can also enter on Instagram by tagging your favorite pieces #iconicKC.
WATCH OUR SHORT FILM FOR SUNDANCE, “HEROES DON’T WEAR CAPES.”
As the proud providers of the official Sundance Film Festival volunteer jackets, we have also collaborated with the Sundance Institute to create a comedic vignette that celebrates the tireless efforts of the 1800+ festival volunteers. The film, starring Alan Cumming, Rachel Dratch, Ed Burns, Kenneth Cole, and Derek Waters will be screened at this year’s festival before every film on Volunteer Appreciation Day.