Kenneth Cole To Receive Humanitarian Designer Award at Islands of the World Fashion Week

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Owen Bethel, President of Mode Îles, Ltd., founder and organizer of Islands of the World Fashion Week, announced today that the Humanitarian Designer Award will be presented to Kenneth Cole and Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. during Islands of the World Fashion Week in November, 2008.

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Safety Instructions: This Garment And its Contents Should Be Worn Whenever Conceivable.

Mr. Bethel stated that: "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 (UNESCO), 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. His innovative approach to addressing and drawing attention to the issues is both outstanding and poignant.

"Mr. Cole took the bold step as a vanguard in the fashion industry and essentially turned his label into an effective educational tool on the scourge of HIV/AIDS, calling everyone to action in the fight against the pandemic. He has also stood out in the fight against poverty with his initiatives in the inner city of New York. Mr. Cole has allowed both his label and stores to be used without reservation in getting the message across." In 2007 the New York stores served as a distribution point for the first ever city-sanctioned condoms, commonly known as the NYC Condom, in the United States of America. The launch of this city-wide condom initiative was paralleled with the release of a new line of tee shirts and boxer shorts designed by Kenneth Cole. Each contained a condom-size pocket and a discreet woven label with the tagline written by Kenneth Cole and reading: "Safety Instructions: This Garment And its Contents Should Be Worn Whenever Conceivable." In 2005 he was instrumental in the launch of the "We All Have AIDS" public service promotional campaign during World AIDS Day.

Kenneth Cole, the philanthropist and humanitarian, believes that: "it is great to be known for your shoes. It is even better to be recognized for your soul." He has been consistent and deliberate in his fusion of fashion and social action, and has served as Chairman of The American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR) and as a member of the board of the homeless organization, HELP USA.

Mr. Bethel continued: "It is an honour for us that Mr. Cole has agreed to accept this award at the premiere of this event and thereby be the first recipient of the award. By this selection we have set the standard high for those designers who would wish to follow in being considered for the award, a search that will certainly be worldwide going forward. The presentation of the award will be marked by the display of several select designs from the Kenneth Cole collection. The award itself has been uniquely designed and crafted by Waterford Crystal of Ireland."

Islands of the World Fashion Week will take place 5th – 8th November, 2008 at the historic 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, Nick Verreos of Nikolati from the United States, and Kevan Hall also from the United States of America, will present their collections on catwalk shows alongside the following 37 designers from 13 island nations around the world:

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Alida Gutierrez Cuba Couture, Pret-a-Porter Analu Cuba Couture, Casual, Sports Apryl Weech Bahamas Couture, Pret-a-Porter, Casual Bula Pride Fiji Couture, Casual Cabe Creations Fiji Pret-a-Porter Carlos Valentino Bahamas Couture, Pret-a-Porter, Accessories Carmen Fiol Cuba Couture, Pret-a-Porter, Casual Christine Demeritte Bahamas Couture Deb E Barbour St. Vincent & The Grenadines Bridalwear Desreen Waller Jamaica Couture, Pret-a-Porter Elements Bahamas Accessories Eric Raisina Madagascar Couture, Pret-a-Porter Four Seasons Colonade Barbados Couture, Accessories Garfi Designs Bahamas Couture, Casual, Sports, Swimwear Harl Taylor Bag Bahamas Accessories Heather Jones Designs Trinidad and Tobago Pret-a-Porter, Casual, Swimwear House of St. John Bahamas Couture, Pret-a-Porter, Casual Jeannie McQueeny Bahamas Pret-a-Porter, Casual Kimmystic.Clo St. Vincent & The Grenadines Pret-a-Porter Kimya Glasgow St. Vincent & The Grenadines Pret-a-Porter Kuumba Designs St. Lucia Couture, Pret-a-Porter, Casual La Bonne Vie Bahamas Bahamas Couture, Pret-a-Porter, Swimwear Lamaica Fashions Jamaica Couture, Pret-a-Porter, Casual, Sports

Lambert Ho Fiji Accessories Lisa Humes Bahamas Couture, Swimwear Luna Design Barbados Accessories Nadya Indonesia Pret-a-Porter Natural Beats St. Vincent & The Grenadines Accessories Navazoe Barbados Accessories Poshelle St. Vincent & The Grenadines Casual, Sports, Swimwear Opama Designs The Bahamas Accessories Rosie Semisi Fiji Couture, Pret-a-Porter Sea, Sex, Sun by David Andre Haiti Casual, Swimwear Shaun Griffith Perez Designs Trinidad and Tobago Pret-a-Porter Soka St. Vincent & The Grenadines Couture Tami B Designs St. Vincent & The Grenadines Swimwear Trefle British Virgin Islands Swimwear Van Der Vlugt Trinidad and Tobago Couture, Pret-a-Porter The event is endorsed by UNESCO as it promotes cultural diversity and dialogue, and will highlight the global issues of the environment and climate change, the education of youth on HIV/AIDS, and poverty alleviation, particularly as they impact small island states. Initiatives in this regard will be channeled through the two charitable organizations, Small Island States Foundation and YouthAIDS.

For further information, please visit the website http://www.islandsfashionweek.com, or contact Ms. Arianne Etuk or Ms. Rekenya Dean at 1-242-356-6133.

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