Kate Hud­son, Michael Kors Mark World Food Pro­gramme

The two held a talk ear­lier at UCLA, then in­vited Sofia Ver­gara, Nina Do­brev, Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio and more to din­ner in Bev­erly Hills. BY MARCY MED­INA AND LINDZI SCHARF PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY JOHN SALANGSANG

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"We couldn't wait for tonight," said a beam­ing Kate Hud­son as she en­tered the party in Bev­erly Hills on Wed­nes­day night — her first since giv­ing birth to daugh­ter Rani Rose five weeks ago. She wasn't re­fer­ring to the clutch of fam­ily with her — step­dad Kurt Rus­sell, son Ry­der Robin­son and part­ner Danny Fu­jikawa — but to Michael Kors, her long­time friend and now fel­low World Food Pro­gramme am­bas­sador.

The two spoke ear­lier at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les, where Hud­son — not sur­pris­ingly — gushed that her daugh­ter is "so cute!" While mod­er­at­ing the con­ver­sa­tion, NBC jour­nal­ist Na­talie Mo­rales noted, “If she is tak­ing her­self away from her daugh­ter just five weeks later to be here to­day, it tells you how im­por­tant this cause is to her.”

“— and how much I need a break,” the mother of three added, prompt­ing laugh­ter from the au­di­ence.

While Hud­son has been work­ing closely with the or­ga­ni­za­tion for two years, she was named a Good­will Am­bas­sador for the United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme on Nov. 1.

“I con­nect to it on so many dif­fer­ent lev­els,” Hud­son said, “es­pe­cially when you’re a mom.” She added, “The thing that re­ally struck me about the World Food Pro­gramme was that...it’s a sim­ple thing to solve. It’s a fun­da­men­tal need and it feels very at­tain­able.”

“They’re teach­ing peo­ple how to feed them­selves and farm lo­cally,” con­tin­ued Hud­son, who trav­eled in 2017 with the or­ga­ni­za­tion to ru­ral Cam­bo­dia to visit el­e­men­tary schools sup­ported by the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s school feed­ing pro­gram. “I wanted to do more. I was sup­posed to do an­other [trip]. Ob­vi­ously, I got preg­nant, but I can’t wait to con­tinue to see glob­ally how they’re af­fect­ing dif­fer­ent ar­eas through the pro­gram.”

Kors is also a United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme Global Am­bas­sador Against Hunger. He be­came in­volved with the or­ga­ni­za­tion five years ago. The de­signer en­listed Hud­son’s help for his Watch Hunger Stop cam­paign three years ago, which fea­tured lim­ited-edi­tion watches that ben­e­fited the non­profit.

Kors’ ded­i­ca­tion to solv­ing the world hunger cri­sis be­gan 20 years ago when he part­nered with God’s Love We De­liver.

His ini­tial mis­sion was to feed sick in­di­vid­u­als im­pacted by the AIDS/HIV cri­sis. In 2013, he joined forces with the World Food Pro­gramme in or­der to make a greater im­pact. Since then, Kors has helped pro­vide 17.8 mil­lion meals through the pro­gram.

Of his ded­i­ca­tion to the is­sue, Kors said, “I’m not a doc­tor. I’m not a sci­en­tist. I’m not a politi­cian, but I looked at it and I thought, ‘You know what? We have peo­ple here who need nu­tri­tional food and they’re in the mid­dle of New York City, in one of the wealth­i­est cities in the world.’” He con­tin­ued, “Hunger is a solv­able prob­lem. This is a global is­sue and this is some­thing that ev­ery­one can get in­volved with.”

To put his money where his mouth is, Kors cre­ated a col­or­ful “Watch Hunger Stop” T-shirt to ben­e­fit the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Kors will do­nate 100 meals to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s school meals pro­gram for each $40 shirt pur­chased. Kors will do­nate 100 ad­di­tional meals if shop­pers snap self­ies of them­selves in the shirt and post it on­line with the hash­tag #watch­hunger­stop. Hailee Ste­in­feld is in­volved with this year’s cam­paign and can be seen sport­ing the shirt in the brand’s lat­est ad­ver­tise­ments.

“Fash­ion can be ob­vi­ously thought of as very friv­o­lous,” Kors said. “I think some­times peo­ple, with fash­ion, they can feel a lit­tle guilty, like, ‘ The world is such a pre­car­i­ous place. It’s on fire. The ground is shak­ing. What can we do? I feel ter­ri­ble that I care about great shoes or a great hand­bag or what­ever that might be.’ We wanted to let peo­ple know that — you know what? — you can, in this in­stance, take your love of style, take your love of fash­ion and give back.”

Later that night was all about cel­e­brat­ing, and long­time Kors devo­tees Sofia Ver­gara, Rachel Zoe, Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio, Molly Sims, Olivia Moon, Irena Me­davoy, Jamie Tisch, Rachel Bil­son, Nina Do­brev and more gath­ered at the ha­cienda-style house, once owned by "Break­fast at Tif­fany's" screen­writer Ge­orge Axelrod, for a poolside din­ner and per­for­mance by Gla­dys Knight.

Said his old pal Crys­tal Lourd, "Michael loves a disco mo­ment."

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