Diddy was on hand to celebrate producer Rico Love’s birthday this weekend. He wasn’t the only one either. Kelly Rowland, BDR, Fat Joe and Pharrell were also seen on the scene.
Here’s some info about the party:
Roberto Cavalli and Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour pulled out all the stops Saturday night at SLS Hotel South Beach in honor of Rico Love’s 30th birthday celebration during Art Basel Miami Beach.
The evening’s cocktail menu included a choice of GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir Trey Noir, GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir Triple Platinum and GREY GOOSE® Le Fizz.
Attendees included Eva Cavalli, Kelly Rowland, Fat Joe, Pharrell, Russell Simmons, Andre Harrell, Janice Combs, Angie Beyince, DJ Cassidy and Adriana de Moura, among others. Rico stepped on to the red carpet as photographers yelled “Happy Birthday Rico,” and Eva Cavalli soon joined him for a couple’s photo session by the paparazzi. Two hours in to the event, guests were asked to take their seats at the side of the pool to witness an exclusive Cavalli fashion show, orchestrated backstage by Eva Cavalli herself. The Roberto Cavalli Spring/Summer 2013 collection featured was inspired by the poetic decorations of the Art Nouveau period. Cavalli did not show the collection at New York Fashion Week this year, making this special presentation for Rico’s birthday the only showing in the U.S. This year, Rico and Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour announced they are giving back to the community by donating 10% of the proceeds of sales from the Cavalli fashion show and pop-up store, as well as in-store sales, to Usher’s New Look Foundation. DJ Affect was hired to provide the beats throughout the cocktail reception and fashion show.
As the fashion show came to a close, invited dinner guests quickly made their way inside Katsuya, the hotel’s Asian-inspired restaurant, for the private dinner portion of the evening.
Approximately 100 invited guests were seated for the private dinner, with Rico’s table of 10 facing the entire room around him. As the Edamame was served family-style on to each table, guests were treated to a first course of Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Creamy Rock Shrimp Tempura and the chef’s selection of assorted classic rolls, including Baked Crab Cut Rolls and Vegetable Roll. The second course comprised of Chicken Teriyaki, Robata Grilled Kobe Skirt Steak, Miso-Marinated Black Cod, Stir Fry Vegetables and Steamed White Rice. As the first course began, Rico’s five-layer birthday cake was wheeled in to the side of the room, encased with notes and bars of music etched in to each tier with Rico’s name on the very top in red, and a HUBLOT logo written in white icing on the middle layer. The base of the cake illustrates the keys on a piano, with ‘Happy 30th Birthday’ written beneath it. A Hublot watchcase with watch inside was designed in cake to resemble a replica of his own.
As the second course was presented, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, made a grand entrance with an entourage of Rico’s friends.
“I knew Rico while he was growing up in Harlem,” Combs said. “ I was blown away by his music then, and I still continue to listen to it now. Please raise your glasses to our friend, Rico Love.”
Owner of Hublot Americas, Rick Delacroix, then made a birthday gift speech to Rico, and presented him with a limited edition Hublot Miami watch, named the “Hublot 305,” of which only 10 were made. Rico took the watch from its box and wrapped it around his other wrist and showed it next to his existing Hublot timepiece.
“I am lucky, honored and privileged to have such a warm and heartfelt group of family and friends around me on such a special day,” said Love. “I’d like to thank Eva and Roberto Cavalli, and our sponsors, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour, Hublot and GREY GOOSE, for making this momentous birthday occasion the most memorable ever.”
The impressive dessert line-up included Chocolate Lover’s Cake, Passion Fruit Caramel Donuts and Mochi Ice Cream.
Rico Love is one of the foremost music producers in the hip hop and urban music industry, having written hits for Usher, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Fergie, Romeo Santos and Diddy, among others.
Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez