Cleo Wade the artist, activist and poet on International Women’s Day launched her book , the highly anticipated Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life, a beautifully illustrated book of original poems, mantras, and affirmations. Wade who has been affectionately referred to as “the millennial Oprah,” has collaborated with Gucci which will publish her works across its social media platforms as well as in global advertisements for a campaign to raise awareness for its female-driven Chime for Change foundation, which supports various women’s causes around the world.
The launch was hosted by Bumble and Bettina Prenticein the Sky Room at the New Museum, full of anemone, ranunculus, and sweet pea flower arrangements, which beautifully complemented the “flower” dress code expertly executed by guests. Moët pink Champagne was flowing, and vegan bites were served. Emblazoned on the walls were rainbow-colored excerpts from the writer’s original poems.
Wade donned a a floral Erdem gown and carried a Gabriela Hearst bag. She was very proud of the book and described it as “beautiful, useful, practical, and accessible.” During her multicity book tour, Wade explained she wanted a night in New York City full of gratitude for all the people who have helped her on her journey.Wade said “There have been so many books I’ve read where I’ve almost wished the author could have sat down with me at my own kitchen table and broken it down a little further.”
“I really don’t think you can be a great writer without being a great listener, so I feel like everything I write is a reflection of the times I spend compassionately listening to others,” she added.
The occassion had A Lister’s like actors Dianna Agron, Kate Walsh, and Bridget Moynahan, designers Prabal Gurung, Aurora James, and Mara Hoffman, and such social activists as Sarah Sophie Flicker and Elaine Welteroth.
An acoustic and a cappella performance by Margot and the Bloomers followed Wade’s reading of “The Time has Always Been Now,” a very fitting piece for the night’s festive and floral celebration.