Now that their three daughters are grown, fashion designer Kenneth Cole and his wife, Maria Cuomo Cole, have turned their handsome Stanford White-designed home into a weekend retreat that’s a loving reflection of their 25 years together. InStyle took a private tour inside and sat down with Cole for an exclusive interview. “A house may reflect who you are on the outside but a home is who you are on the inside,” explains Cole, who says they didn’t necessarily set out to “decorate” the house. “All of these things tell a story about our past,” Cole adds. “But even more importantly, they inspire us to look forward to what lies ahead.” Click through the gallery to see the photos!
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We’ll see you back here tomorrow at 7 A.M. sharp for Day 5′s rundown, which will include some Zac Posen, a little bit of Carolina Herrera, and the latest from Donna Karan!
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You could feel the positive energy anywhere you turned in The Plaza in New York City last night, as amfAR’s 4th Annual Inspiration Gala took over the space and filled it with uplifting moments. “I’m here because of the heroic people who have dedicated their lives to finding the cure for AIDS,” Uma Thurman (in Versace) told InStyle.com as she arrived to the event, which raised money and awareness for AIDS research and advocacy projects around the world. “I’m just bringing my love and energy and my prayers to their mission.” Before the gala started, the evening began with a military-themed fashion show made up of looks donated by leading menswear designers, including Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, and Michael Kors. Kenneth Cole, amfAR’s Chair of the Board, happily played along: “I’m wearing fatigues to anticipate anything that could come of tonight—I’m prepared for it,” he joked to InStyle.com.
After the bumping runway beats faded, guests made their way to the ballroom where Thurman got down to business giving out honors while guests bid on silent auction items as they dined. “What’s special about this evening is that we’re honoring them not for their artistic achievements but for their ability to inspire us,” Thurman said of the honorees. Valentino earned the Award for Inspiration, accepted on his behalf by Iman (in Valentino), Alan Cumming took home the Award of Courage, and Jennifer Lopez (in Tom Ford) received the Humanitarian Award. “I’m deeply touched,” Lopez said tearfully. “I’m grateful that I have the opportunity of helping to improve the lives of others even if it’s in a small little way. We all just need to do a little bit and then all of a sudden all these amazing things happen.” The evening concluded with a group sing-a-long to “Call Me Maybe” spearheaded by the hitmaker herself, Carly Rae Jepsen. Click the photo to see more.
Hugh Jackman and Kenneth Cole joined Donna Karan for cocktails and canapés to celebrate the release of Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts last night, and Jackman was thrilled to throw his support behind the designer (even on the night of his 17th wedding anniversary). “I love Donna’s passion and commitment and persistence for the cause,” Jackman said of the initiative, in which Karan brought together over 160 designers in the Council for American Fashion Designers to decorate papier-mâché hearts. Each heart was on display at the Urban Zen studio in New York City where the event was held, as seen above, and will be auctioned on ebay.com to raise money for the Haitian Artisan Project within Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, which is dedicated to creating jobs and enhancing education of Haiti’s artisans. “I so believe in philanthropy and commerce,” Karan remarked. “I can’t separate the two. I call them dressing and addressing. Dressing on the outside but addressing on the inside.” Visit ebay.com to preview the collection and place your bids starting April 22—the auction closes May 2.
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It’s a big year for fashion designers! Kenneth Cole, Dennis Basso, Tadashi Shoji, Kate Spade New York, and Yoana Baraschi all celebrate milestone decades in the industry in 2013—from 10, 20, and up to 30 years! Kate Spade’s Creative Director Deborah Lloyd (pictured with the brand’s stylist, Brad Goreski) thought her brand’s 20th year in business was a good time to be nostalgic. “When I came in the ’80s, driving into Manhattan and seeing that amazing skyline, I felt all the energy and the possibility, and that what this [anniversary collection] is about,” she told us. Inspiring! Click through to see how each designer celebrated his or her fashion birthday.
The stars are headed to New York Fashion Week to support their favorite designers! Heidi Klum caught up with Kenneth Cole backstage after his show, while Christina Ricci and Ashlee Simpson worked embellished tops at Richard Chai LOVE‘s fall debut. Click through to see more stars who stepped out for Fashion Week!
New York Fashion Week continues in Manhattan, and even some flurries (enough to get Marc Jacobs to bump his show) can’t keep the fashion from coming! Last night, Richard Chai LOVE made a case for purple coats, Heidi Klum celebrated Kenneth Cole‘s first runway show in seven years, and Vanessa Bruno brought Paris to New York. Click through to see more major moments from Fashion Week!
Kenneth Cole kicked off his 30th anniversary year by staging his first runway show in seven years during New York Fashion Week last night. And this designer isn’t one to make a quiet re-entrance. With Heidi Klum, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Brooke Shields, and Armie Hammer all in the front row, he started the “urban liberation”-inspired show with a video saying “a lot has changed,” and “this show will embrace the intrusive nature of social media.” Well, he delivered—models walked with iPhones in hand and snapped photos of the audience during the finale. Plus, for every Tweet tagged with #kcrunway, Cole donated $1 to amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, which he chairs. Catch the whole thing right from your computer/tablet/phone/anything at live.kennethcole.com.
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