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STYLE Bookclub with Founder of Kowtow, Gosia Piatek

Not sure what to read next? Gosia Piatek, founder and creative director of Kowtow, shares a few of her book recommendations with STYLE.

My Brilliant Best Friend by Elena Ferrante

I loved this book. I spent some time in Italy as a child, went to school there and made friends. This book instantly took me back to that time. It’s so well written in so much detail, Ferrante makes the ordinary into the extraordinary. 

 

No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg

I buy this book as wee presents and stocking fillers. It’s about $5, a very short read but possibly one of the most important in our times. I feel it should be part of the education curriculum, all ages are able to read it. Greta is one of my idols, she is clear about her climate change message and has the courage to stand up and speak about it. 

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

I read this book often to my five-year-old son, it’s so dreamy and each page is beautiful enough to put in a frame.

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is straight to the point and outlines issues of capitalism vs the climate. An instant New York Times bestseller, it’s a read for everyone in 2020 living in a world where I feel these are such pressing issues and conversations we should be having.  

 

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

I read this book a long time ago but it left an imprint on my mind. To this day there is nothing better than the feeling of letting go of the day-to-day worries and pressures and just simply living in the moment and getting lost in the adventure. 

 

 

Anna Wintour says the fashion industry needs to “rethink” what it stands for after the pandemic

Vogue editor-in-chief Dame Anna Wintour says the fashion industry needs to “rethink” what it stands for after the pandemic.

“I feel very strongly that when we come out at the other end – which we will do – that people’s values are really going to have shifted,” she told Naomi Campbell during an interview on her Youtube show No Filter With Naomi.

“I think it’s an opportunity for all of us to look at our industry and to look at our lives, and to rethink our values, and to really think about the waste, and the amount of money, and consumption, and excess – and I obviously include myself in this – that we have all indulged in and how we really need to rethink what this industry stands for,” Wintour continued.

The Vogue editor-in-chief says there needs to be “more of an emphasis on sustainability” after the pandemic passes. “We need to think about what our world of fashion should be when we come through this.”

Wintour also spoke of the fashion fund launched with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to support young designers struggling amid the pandemic.

The fund was first launched following the 9/11 attacks and has now been repurposed to support those in the fashion community affected by COVID-19. So far, the fund has raised nearly $5 million which is being distributed in grants of $10,000 – $100,000 to applicants.

With Fashion Revolution week underway for another year, STYLE takes a closer look at how the fashion industry needs to change and how we can all play our part. Click here to read more.