It goes without saying that if there’s a major spiritual happening in New York, Donna Karan is going to find her way to the center of it. That was the case one night last week when author Laura Day was celebrating her book “Practical Intuition” with a party.
Karan arrived at Beekman Bar and Books last Thursday with none other than friend and occasional yoga partner Demi Moore, who wrote the book’s introduction.
Moore, whose two-year-old daughter, Tallulah Willis — the image of her father, Bruce — amused herself by playing with Moore’s and Karan’s matching Angela Pintaldi rings, admitted that writing was a challenge.
“The truth is that I’ve always been terrified to put pen to paper,” she said. “It’s so committing. But Laura is so wonderful, I had to do it. For better or worse, it’s me. At least I know the feelings are honest, even if the writing is terrible.”
“She’s a wonderful writer,” said Karan, reassuring Moore.
Also making an appearance was Deepak Chopra, who seemed happy to spend time with his friend Karan.
“Creativity is directly related to spirituality,” he said. “And Donna is one of the most creative designers around. She’s always ahead and everyone tries to copy her.”
Chopra pointed out that his friendship with the designer has yielded him more than spiritual comfort.
“She sends me clothes,” he said, touching the lapel of his jacket. “They arrive in the mail every few weeks. It’s wonderful, I don’t even have to choose what I want.”
Later that night, the tone shifted from inner journeys to less ethereal pursuits at Liz Cohen’s 27th birthday party at Jet Lounge. Guests were asked to dress Eighties-style, and they covered the spectrum: Samantha Kluge was a Barbie Doll and Lulu de Kwiatkowski painted herself white and went as “100 pounds of cocaine,” which is exactly what she weighs.
Earlier in the week, Peter Beard and his vision of Africa stampeded into Paris. The opening of the photographer’s “Carnets Africains” exhibit at the Centre National de la Photographie made for the liveliest opening Paris has seen in years.
“A lot of density and stress — my two favorite things,” Beard said wryly as he made his way through the exhibit, which is up through January.
Having been injured by elephants near Nairobi, Beard was in a wheelchair, but couldn’t resist standing to greet friends including Iman, Katoucha and Azzedine Alaia.
“His will is unbelievable,” said Alaia. “Considering the kind of accident he had, it’s a miracle he’s up and walking.”