Cole to Receive Humanitarian Designer Award

NEW YORK — Kenneth Cole, founder, chairman and chief creative officer of Kenneth Cole Productions Inc., will receive the first Humanitarian Designer award at the Islands of the World Fashion Week, to be held in the Bahamas this November.

Owen Bethel, president of Mode Iles Ltd., founder and organizer of Islands of the World Fashion Week, said in a statement that Cole had been selected for his use of his company and position to publicize and fund the fight against AIDS.

“In keeping with the event’s focus on the global issues of the education of youth on HIV/AIDS and poverty alleviation, in line with the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization, it was felt that no other fashion designer personified so explicitly the concern for these issues through their creative integration in his designs and marketing initiative than Kenneth Cole,” Bethel said in a statement. “His innovative approach to addressing and drawing attention to the issues is both outstanding and poignant.”

Islands of the World Fashion Week will take place Nov. 5-8 at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau and the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, The Bahamas. Three international guest designers — Peter Ingwersen of Noir Illuminati II from Denmark and “Project Runway” alums and Americans Nick Verreos of Nikolati and Kevan Hall — will show alongside 37 designers from 13 island nations.

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