NEW YORK — Kenneth Cole’s passions will converge this week as he accepts an honor for 27 years of AIDS activism from amfAR tonight and returns to the runway after a seven-year hiatus Thursday night at Skylight Modern here.
As chairman of amfAR, Cole is working closely with IMG Fashion to bring the charity’s message to New York Fashion Week. The amfAR gala is part of the official show calendar, which will be kicked off with a special ribbon cutting by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at 6:45 p.m. tonight at Cipriani Wall Street, where the gala takes place.
“As I returned to fashion week, it was important for my show to be about something bigger than just fashion,” said Cole. “While we’ve made tremendous strides towards finding a cure for AIDS, there is still much work to be done.” Cole’s brother-in-law, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is expected to present the designer with his award. Others to be honored are Janet Jackson and Heidi Klum, both of whom are ambassadors for amfAR.
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