Kors Campaign Goes Big in the Name of World Food Day
Michael Kors knows a few things about getting his message out. His ads, fashion shows and even his favorite models and socialites pretty much ooze the jet-setter lifestyle he embodies. On Wednesday, however, he embarks on a new campaign: World Food Day.
Of course, it will have the slick fashion touch. There will be user-generated content from shoppers, celebrities and activists on 12 of the largest billboards in Times Square; content that will be replicated on the WatchHungerStop.com website. Kors aims to have 10,000 to 20,000 images go up during the event.
Models Lily Aldridge and Chanel Iman will be wearing their Watch Hunger Stop T-shirts, stores will be selling the fundraising watch that Kors designed, and a God’s Love We Deliver gala event will be held to bestow the Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
It was the year to go big on World Food Day, Kors said, thanks to his rapidly growing company that enjoyed a successful IPO in 2011 and earnings that nearly tripled in the last fiscal year. He said the company’s philanthropic efforts should grow, too, while focusing on a specific platform, and he couldn’t ask for a better partner than the United Nations World Food Programme.
His connection to World Food Day goes back to the 1980s and God’s Love We Deliver, a New York-based organization that delivers meals to those in need. That’s when AIDS was hitting the fashion industry hard.