Sexy and Seventeen

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On January - 22 - 2010

“Luxury porn” tome, Ocean Drive magazine, celebrated its 17th anniversary at the Delano on Thursday night, with a bash hosted by Niche Media CEO, Jason Binn and Kim Kardashian, who, incidentally, was in the seventh grade when the magazine ran its first issue.  The gorgeous, Mia Moretti mixed the music while A-listers and their “+10s” wandered around the pool area hoping for a brush with celebrity, for which Ocean Drive parties are well-known. This year’s party was a bit light on the star power to which we’ve grown accustomed over the years; past anniversary parties have drawn celebs such as Seal, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Kelly Rowland, (all of whom have performed at one Ocean Drive party or another) Jack Nicholson, Steven Tyler, Oliver Stone, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Eddie Murphy, Shaq, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Heidi Klum, Jessica Simpson, Sly Stallone, James Woods, Bon Jovi, Colin Farrell, Pamela Anderson, Michael Bay, Lindsay Lohan, Cindy Taylor, Donald Trump, the Hiltons, Fergie, and P. Diddy to name a few.  But that didn’t stop the crowd from gathering outside the Delano at the “early” hour of 8:00 p.m. nor the throngs of models (most of whom were still in diapers 17 years ago) and pretty people from coming out to play.  Prior to the party, Kardashian, “the Hostess with the Mostest- ‘rear- estate’” had dinner with her brother Rob and the Binns at Blue Door, where they were joined by Michael Caine and wife Shakira.  Shortly thereafter, baseball star, Mike Piazza arrived with wife, Alicia and five friends visiting from Canada. Other attendees included Scottie Pippen and Julio Iglesias Jr. and Alonzo and Tracy Mourning who showed up toward the end of the party.  A-Rod also arrived late and caused a big stir among the paparazzi.  He avoided the red carpet and refused to pose with Kardashian but hung out for an hour and chatted with Morgans Hotel Group GM, J.P. Oliver and Jason Binn.  Noticeably absent: the “Powers that Were”- Ocean Drive founder, Jerry Powers, his wife, Sandi and daughter Jacquelynn, both former editors of the magazine and many of the original crew who helped to shape the magazine into what it is today.

After the Ocean Drive party, many guests headed over to the grand opening of Wynwood’s newest lounge/club/gallery, Cafeina, for a completely different yet equally fun vibe.  Cafeina joined in the efforts to provide support for those affected by disaster in Haiti with a fundraising event the next night, which featured a live performance by Bob Marley’s sons, Julian and Kymani Marley. The event raised over $8,000 and collected a truckload of supplies, including non-perishable food items, clothing and blankets to benefit grief stricken victims, via the Carma Foundation and Project Medishare.

Last Wednesday, designing sisters, Nathalie and Jeaninne Azoubel, hosted an exclusive designer meet-and-greet at their boutique, ZINGARA, which was attended by Mayor Susan Gottlieb; shoe designer and founder of People for the Children Foundation, Lisa Pliner; singer and songwriter, Jamie Jo Harris; DCOTA Director of Marketing, D. Ashlee Harrison; socialite, Donna Scharer; former Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret model, Sabrina Barnett; and reality TV star Erin Newberg, who gathered for an evening of shopping, where proceeds benefitted People for the Children Foundation.  Pliner and Newberg modeled the sexy swimsuits, while DJ Dutch provided the music. As the evening came to a close, three lucky guests won a ZINGARA beach bag.  

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