On Monday, Jan. 12, Donna Karan hosted a party at her Urban Zen center in the West Village for her health guru and friend, Dr. Frank Lipman, to celebrate his new book, Spent: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again.
"I see a lot of people in my practice that are spent," said Dr. Lipman, who owns the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in the Flatiron district, where he works with clients like Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, David Letterman and Gwyneth Paltrow. "They come in and complain of headaches, or they can’t sleep, or they have aches and pains. But then you delve deeper and they’re actually just exhausted, overwhelmed, running on empty."
Dr. Lipman, who is from South Africa, looks exactly like what one would imagine a health guru to look like-penetrating little eyes shielded by oval spectacles, a healthy complexion, a friendly dimpled chin. He likes to talk a lot about rhythm. Sometimes it’s about the importance of people being in sync with nature’s rhythms-sleeping when it’s dark and eating unprocessed foods. Other times it’s in reference to music, which he stressed is very important.
The Transom wondered whether Dr. Lipman thought celebrities get more exhausted than normal people.
"Most people are spent-it’s sort of a normal abnormality," he replied. "But I think their lifestyles certainly contribute to it. I think someone like Donna, she’s often up late at night working and her cycles are completely off. But Kyra and Kevin actually look after themselves really well. They are particularly un-spent."
Nearby, guests were grazing on a generous buffet of sushi (made with brown rice) and sipping chilled coconut water. In the candlelight, we almost didn’t notice socialite Lauren Bush sipping a pale green avocado smoothie in the corner.
Ms. Bush is not a client of Dr. Lipman’s, but said she was interested in what he had to say-her only stress-relieving technique these days is working out-and picked up a copy of the book on her way out.
"I’m friends with Donna and I work on food issues, so the two seemed sort of related," she told the Transom. "I try to eat only organic and cook a lot." Meanwhile, Ms. Karan seemed to be nursing a little cold while swaying on the dance floor with her doctor.
"I’m health-oriented, but not necessarily healthy," said Ms. Karan, who has a long history of sampling Eastern and Western healing methods.
Will the upcoming New York Fashion Week leave her especially spent?
"That’s the most stressful time in the world," she said. "Frank is always asking me, ‘When are you going to stop?’ And I just say, "Well, when would you like the collections to stop?’"