Introducing The “Kenneth Cole Footwear + Accessory Innovation Program.”

Kenneth Cole partners with the CFDA to create a one-of-a-kind program.

In celebration of a rich heritage of brand innovation and social impact, Kenneth Cole Productions and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have created the Kenneth Cole Footwear + Accessory Innovation Program. It’s a unique opportunity for postgraduates to receive a 12-month, full-time placement at Kenneth Cole by submitting a portfolio containing a collection of footwear and accessory designs that also has a social or community-based component. This year’s two winners, Blake Felty and Kara Kroeger, attended the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards as guests of Kenneth Cole. They’ll soon start their year-long placement at our company, at which time they’ll work rotationally within various areas of our design team. Click through our slideshow to see photos of them getting ready for the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Kara and Blake are red carpet ready for the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.