Bend It Like Gwyneth
It was a fit and fashionable crowd at last night's benefit for Bent on Learning, a charity that brings yoga to New York City public schools. Board member Eddie Stern's devoted following includes a cadre of design-world types who have a way of making the practice their own. "I sometimes do yoga in lace bodysuits and weird outfits," Alice + Olivia's Stacey Bendet said, adding that she usually hits the mat at 5:15 in the morning.
Gwyneth Paltrow also knows her way around a vinyasa—and her children do "kid yoga," she told us. "My daughter does handstands. She's six." Mommy, on the other hand, spends more time these days doing high-intensity workouts with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson. "It's the absolute opposite" of yoga, Paltrow explained, but it certainly has its benefits: "I just had my blood checked, and the doctor said I had the best cholesterol levels he'd ever seen."
Paltrow took a moment before dinner to sign a pair of Alice + Olivia sequined Keds, which will be auctioned off at a later date. (The entire evening raised $500,000.) She also got a word in with Anderson, who was making the rounds. The trainer's other high-profile student (with whom she had a high-profile parting of ways last year), Madonna, arrived after the dinner seating. Hilary Rhoda was there early, though, and happily admitted she's "obsessed" with Anderson's system of ballet bars and resistance bands. "It looks like a circus in one of the rooms," she explained. Even so, Rhoda said she'd convinced her boyfriend, pro hockey player Sean Avery, to give it a shot. "He was like, 'I'm not gonna sweat at all'—and he was dying."