Speed demon Jeff Gordon celebrated his retirement with a lavish party Sunday at The Villa, Casa Casuarina. The star-studded event took place after his final race in the sold-out NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at the Homestead Miami Speedway. Celebrating with him were fellow speedsters Mario Andretti, Danica Patrick and Jimmie Johnson, plus Victoria’s Secret Angel Shanina Shaik and her date DJ Ruckus. Alec Monopoly and fashion designer Rachel Roy posed in front of a custom 3-D step-and-repeat created by Miami artist Eric Cloudier while guests were greeted by Agent Provocateur-clad servers offering Crown Royal signature cocktails.
Revelers sipped on Jeff Gordon Cellars wine and visited the Crown Royal Master Whiskey Tasting Bar along with mixology bars by Pepsi. The Villa’s executive chef, Thomas Stewart, kept the crowd well fed with sugar highs by the Raindrops Candy bike cart. Models in La Perla bathing suits lounged in the pool on Fun Boy Floats, while guests boogied down.
Up in Palm Beach, the Jofia wedding (Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara) saw a slew of celebs including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Reese Witherspoon, Channing Tatum, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and most of the Modern Family cast. Pitbull performed at the wedding, which went on until the morning hours of Monday. Miami-based Nuage Designs did the wedding’s elaborate, luxe linens. L.A. flower designer Jeff Leatham was on hand for the fabulous florals, which could be smelled throughout the hotel. Security at The Breakers was tighter than the Pentagon’s, with a guard telling us it would have been easier if President Obama were at the hotel.
Jamie Foxx was seen Saturday at Prime 112 while race car driver Denny Hamlin was seen signing autographs outside the sceney steakhouse the night before.
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Seen Sunday at The Forge: Timbaland, Extra! correspondent AJ Calloway and the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, with his wife Kim.
Rec Room celebrated its three-year anniversary Saturday with A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg. In honor of Phife Dawg’s own birthday, Rec Room brought out a cake to celebrate while the crowd wished him a happy birthday. Dawg took the mic and rapped his hits Can I Kick It? and Award Tour, keeping the party going until late.
A slew of celebs was spotted Thursday at the grand opening of the Atma Beauty salon in Sunset Harbour conceptualized by stylist to the stars Sheenon Olson and CEO Ana Lessa Atma. Among them, actor Jason Lewis (Sex and the City) and interior designer and TV personality, David Bromstad. Lewis and Bromstad, close friends with Olson, were seen enjoying cocktails and jamming to music by DJ Lolo. On Sunday, Lewis had dinner at Bazi, with, says our spy, “a lady friend” and Olson.
Former Heat player Shane Battier hosted the Shops at Merrick Park’s tree lighting ceremony Thursday in collaboration with his Battier Take Charge Foundation, which gives scholarship money to first-generation college students.