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Kenneth Cole Returning to Runway for First Time Since 2006


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Kenneth Cole.

We've barely caught our breath from the whirlwind of Spring 2013 shows, and already the next Fashion Week season has us on the edge of our seat.

In what will undoubtedly be seen as welcome news by all, Kenneth Cole has revealed that he will be returning to the New York Fashion Week runway for the first time in more than six years, Women's Wear Daily reports.

Cole, whose last runway appearance was for his Spring 2006 collection, is switching things up as he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his eponymous label—or, as he cleverly puts it, the 9th anniversary of his 21st anniversary.

"21 is a lot cooler than 30," he explains.

The return to the runway also marks a growing change in direction since Cole took the company private last month and hired consulting creative director Kobi Halperin.

"The goal has been to elevate slowly, methodically; to continue to be more relevant, and reintroduce ourselves to the Kenneth Cole woman, from the ankle up," Cole says.

The designer is also keeping quiet about just what his Fall 2013 runway show—or presentation, perhaps?—will look like.

"The world is changing so much, the purpose of a runway has changed," he says. "We're thinking about it in a way that makes sense—how to make it more timely, more relevant."

In the meantime, Cole is focusing on toasting his big anniversary with a Rizzoli book and celebrations throughout the year.

30, 21, whatever—count us in!




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