Kenneth Cole's Sundance Surprise
Film and fashion have always gone hand in hand -- from Scarlett O'Hara (and Maria in The Sound of Music, too, come to think of it) making clothing from their drapes to Rodarte's re-imagining of the costumes for the ballet classic Swan Lake for this year's film Black Swan -- clothing and character have been inexorably linked. So it comes as no surprise to us to learn of designer Kenneth Cole's major involvement's in The Sundance Film Festival. While we were blithely unaware of this until today, it came to our attention that Cole has been a member of Sundance's Board of Directors since 2003 and is co-hosting the Filmmaker Magazine Interview Studio at this year's festival (ending tomorrow). Another little factoid we discovered today? Cole is responsible for designing and donating customized apparel for the 1,600 volunteers that help with the festival each year. This year, the designer partnered with the Sundance Institute to create a special puffy vest (our winter go-to this season, PS) that was not only available to the volunteers, but is also on sale to the general public at Sundance.org and at Kenneth Cole's website and in-store -- but only for a limited time. Oh, and Kenneth isn't just sitting back and reaping in the dinero, guys, a percentage of the profits go right on back to the Sundance Institute to help in the discovery and education of emerging talents. For $98, it's not a bad deal seeing as you're helping out film and fashion.