Why fantasize about being like Gwyneth Paltrow when you can actually live like her—at least for a jam-packed day? Some 600 wellness wishers and Goop fanatics, kitted out in their best athleisure, spent their Saturday at Paltrow’s boundary-pushing lifestyle brand’s first-ever summit.
Held in a gleaming cement and knotted wood event space in Culver City, California, In Goop Health refused to let the gloomy June sky cast a pall over the proceedings. Exquisitely orchestrated and stylish to the nth degree, it was the anti-Fyre festival, from a requisite photo backdrop cleverly fashioned out of fresh lettuces and artichokes to the crystal and wildflower-accented place settings at the alfresco lunch for 100 or so VIPs in the Collagen Garden.
For 12 chockablock hours, attendees—many of whom had flown in from the Eastern Seaboard—dipped in and out of panels featuring some of Goop’s most beloved experts and a cavernous market hall, where they could consume all the Moon Dust drinks, sweet-green bowls, and collagen- and butter-spiked Bulletproof coffee they desired. The outdoor area functioned as a wellness-oriented Shangri-la, with experiences on offer including crystal readings, IV drips, and aura photography. ”I had my aura photographed; it was tangerine,” shared Tory Burch, whose Tory Sport line, among other Goop-approved products, was for sale in the market.
”I’m really Goopy,” said Jenni Konner, the writer and director best known for Girls. ”I don’t mean to brag, but I am. I go to Habib for acupuncture and lymphatic massage,” she said, referring to Habib Sadeghi, D.O., the charismatic holistic doctor who treats Paltrow and who kicked off the event with a freewheeling talk on unlocking the ”cosmic glow.” Sadeghi, a cancer survivor, believes in tapping into one’s ”spiritual Wi-Fi” to access a layer of healing beyond traditional physical diagnosis.
”What is wrong with any of that?”asked Konner, who wore a geometric-print Gucci dress in cream and nightshade red. ”Women find power in asking questions. Anything that puts a woman in control of her body is valuable.”
Presiding over the day was Paltrow, looking like a radiant milkmaid in a floor-grazing crepe de Chine Vilshenko dress (”It’s available on Goop!” she said). Her interest in health started when her father, Bruce, was diagnosed with throat cancer. ”I went from a chain-smoking Camel Lights kind of girl to trying to understand why my dad had cancer,” she said. ”I still feel like my role is to ask questions and open people up to things they never would have heard of before. I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but this is really validating, meeting all the readers and bringing them together with the experts.”
Led by some of the website’s most popular healers and trainers and doctors, the panels touched on everything from parasite therapy, facial threading, orgasmic meditation, and the potential risks of kale and broccoli. There was a foam-rolling session with Lauren Roxborough, and Taryn Toomey led a sample of her newest workout, a restorative version of the addictive and punishing hour she is known for.
The final conversation of the day—”Balls in the Air” (also the name of a line of Goop vitamins)—was between Paltrow and her friends and fellow seekers Cameron Diaz (Transcendental Meditation obsessive), Burch (tennis junkie), Nicole Richie (staunch believer in regular dinners with girlfriends), and Miranda Kerr (organic skin-care entrepreneur), who stole the show with her tale of leech therapy on her coccyx. ”I kept the leeches in my koi pond—the healer was going to kill them otherwise.”
Sad you missed out? Don’t be. Goop’s second summit will be coming to New York next winter.Read more at:mermaid prom dresses | backless prom dresses