NEW YORK — Kenneth Cole's spring campaign, shot by Terry Richardson and breaking in March magazines such as Vogue, Men's Health and Vanity Fair, is intended to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary and also mark the beginning of many changes ahead for the brand.
The campaign features 11 "regular people" who live their lives in nonuniform ways — either by choice or circumstance. Aimee Mullins, for example, is a Paralympic athlete and actor and Channing Moss is a U.S. Army soldier injured in Afghanistan. "We are kind of relaunching the brand this year, so we wanted to do something surprising and different," said Kyle Andrews, senior vice president of marketing. "But we are being true to our heritage of having a strong social message and voice. Going with models didn't feel like the brand. A core element of Kenneth is doing things differently than anyone else would."
There will also be a significant online effort, involving YouTube and viral videos. "We have kennethcole.com at the bottom of our ads now, instead of our logo." She said online represents a much larger portion of the company's marketing effort than ever before, but declined to discuss the money behind it.
Apart from the campaign, rebranding will involve putting more emphasis on the Kenneth Cole New York label. "Customers love it and partners [such as department stores] want it," Andrews said. "It's the brand that we will really showcase now, market, spend more on and talk about the most."
For women, Kenneth Cole Reaction will turn into Kenneth Cole New York by fall and a new men's underwear line will launch in April.
The brand has also asked an outside design firm to work on a redesign for all of its stores and shops-in-shop, such as those at Macy's. Cole himself is working on another book, which will include "big names" and discuss ways to get involved and give back. The designer also is launching a blog in March that will be a forum to discuss the social issues and causes that are important to him.
"We want to get him out there more. He's a great marketing asset," said Andrews. "His guest appearance on 'Ugly Betty' was really successful and the more people see him out there, at events and appearances, the better it is for the brand in the long run."
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion