Star-studded birthday bash takes the cake

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 October, 2008, 12:00am

Bruce Rockowitz is one lucky dude. Not only is he a millionaire and president of garment conglomerate Li & Fung, but pop star Coco Lee is his fiancee.

For his 50th birthday, the singer (right with Rockowitz) planned an extravagant weekend that started with a big dinner at Grissini on Friday night and continued with a private party for 250 on Saturday at the Grand Hyatt ballroom.

A large contingent of family and business friends flew in to share the revelry, including British billionaire Sir Philip Green and Australian investment king Solomon Lew.

Tommy Hilfiger was also invited but was a last-minute no-show.

However, the biggest surprise was the unbelievable entertainment. In addition to New York's 15-piece Marianne Bennett Orchestra, burlesque artist Dita Von Teese arrived to tease the crowd, singer Lionel Richie had everyone dancing on the ceiling, and chart-topper Rihanna (above with Rockowitz) performed four of her hits and invited the birthday boy to share her umbrella-ella-ella on stage. Lee also belted out several tunes.

Apparently, the party was something she had been working on for a while, even turning down jobs. 'I've been planning for a year,' she said. 'I wanted to do something that was really big.'

Basking in his spotlight but playing down his fortune with a hot girlfriend 18 years his junior, Rockowitz joked: 'I'm just glad I made it to 50.'

The cost of the shindig wasn't revealed but the pressure is now on for an even more lavish wedding.