What's the occasion? Kohl's 2008 Back-to-School Campaign. Kohl's is unveiling six brand new celebrity-inspired clothing lines – celebrating music, life…and really great jeans. As part of Kohl's ('Inspired') 'Inspired by the Artists…worn by you' campaign, strong-performing juniors' and young men's denim brands are connected with today's most relevant musical artists, including: Lenny Kravitz
and Levi's; Avril Lavigne
designing Abbey Dawn; Hayden Panettierre
and Candie's; Plain White T's
and Urban Pipeline; The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
and Tony Hawk
; and Vanessa Carlton
The cross-generational program is designed to appeal not only to teens, but also to moms, as both groups influence purchasing decisions during this timeframe. Denim, the common thread throughout the 'Inspired' campaign, speaks universally to both of these groups. Each unique collection provides affordable wardrobe solutions that celebrate the versatility of denim and its ability to define style with every new generation.
"The 'Inspired' campaign is an idea that taps into the dynamic convergence between fashion, music and culture," said Julie Gardner, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Kohl's Department Stores. "To bring this to life, our brands are connected with some of today's coolest musical artists – Lenny Kravitz and Levi's, Avril Lavigne and Abbey Dawn, Hayden Panettiere and Candie's, Plain White T's and Urban Pipeline, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Tony Hawk and Vanessa Carlton and So – who have been encouraged to bring their own personal vibe to the mix. The result is unique fashion collections available at Kohl's that will appeal to a diverse group of shoppers. Beginning in July, the multimedia campaign will be seen across marketing mediums that are relevant to both students and their moms."
In addition to artist-inspired denim collections, the fully integrated campaign consists of national advertising, a consumer engagement contest, in store graphics, online and digital media, direct mail and public relations. The new song "Love Revolution" by Lenny Kravitz is incorporated into campaign elements and was selected for its inspiring message of unity, love and infusing passion into all aspects of life.
-Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz and Levi's have teamed up with Kohl's to 'Inspire' Levi's 511 denim and two exclusive tees based on Kravitz's latest album, It Is Time For A Love Revolution
. Kravitz, a top-selling artist in rock history, was a natural fit for the Levi's brand, which is Kohl's number one national back-to-school brand. Kravitz will be touring the U.S. this fall.
-Rocker, actress and teen idol, Avril Lavigne has pieces such as graphic tees and jeans from her new Abbey Dawn collection, available Only at Kohl's. Lavigne is currently on tour promoting her most recent album The Best Damn Thing
. Abbey Dawn, designed by Lavigne and inspired by her personal sense of style, brings customers a lifestyle brand that blends rock with a feminine edge.
-Candie's girl and star of NBC's Heroes
, Hayden Panettiere's collection features apparel, accessories and footwear, including key back-to-school fashion styles such as a metallic bomber jacket and polka dot ruffle top. True to the Candie's brand, Panettiere's 'Inspired' collection is fun, flirty and playful. In addition to acting and philanthropy, Panettiere is set to release her first music single later this summer.
-Two-time Grammy-nominated for their hit single "Hey There Delilah," Plain White T's bring their signature style to Urban Pipeline with graphic tees, hoodies and slim fit denim. Laid back yet style-conscious, the band compliments and personifies the young men's brand. Plain White T's will release their highly anticipated new album, "Big Bad World," September 23.
-Florida-based band, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, adds to the Tony Hawk collection with items such as hoodies, polos and loose fit jeans. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus resonates with the alternative Hawk consumer who strives for originality. The band is slated to record a follow up album to the successful Don't You Fake It
-Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton's collection features grey denim, graphic tees and heirloom-inspired, alluring accessories from So…. Both she and So… embody an artfully casual style that is expressed through music and merchandise. Currently writing and touring, Vanessa Carlton continues to promote her most recent single, "Hands on Me," from her critically acclaimed CD, Heroes & Thieves
Kohl's is also rolling out the "Rock Like a Star Contest" on Facebook
, where users have the opportunity to submit pictures and videos describing their special "Denim Moments" for a chance to win some great prizes, including cash! Exclusive footage was gathered from each musical artist telling their favorite denim stories. These personal testimonials form the foundation of the online contest which encourages entrants to share their individual stories that highlight a memorable moment tied to fashion or denim. Open to consumers ages 13 and up, video submissions will be accepted via the popular social networking site Facebook
, and will be voted on by the public. One grand prize winner will receive a "Rock Like a Star" experience which will include a $10,000 cash prize, concert tickets, $1,000 Kohl's gift card, artist autographed merchandise and more. Additionally, two first place and 100 sweepstakes winners also will be awarded prizes. Check it out on Facebook
-Check out the great new Kohl's Back to School site here
-Click here to sign up for the chance to win a $50 Kohl's Gift Card!
About Kohl's Department Stores: Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. Kohl's operates 957 stores in 47 states and will celebrate the opening of its 1,000th store in the fall. A company committed to the communities it serves, Kohl's has raised more than $102 million for children's initiatives nationwide through its Kohl's Cares for Kids® philanthropic program. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.kohls.com