For the Liasons au Louvre III—Becca Cason Thrash’s third bash benefiting the French museum—the Houston hostess invited philanthropists, friends, personalities and princesses to jet-set to Paris and party for a cause. The event ultimately brought in $3 mil for the world-famous institution.
The spectacle of an evening began outside the museum, on a long red carpet. Here, Thrash—who looked stunning in a Jean Paul Gaultier couture skirt, cinched with a red belt to match the crimson-washed dining room in the Galerie Dare—and others posed regally. Head-turners included model-actress Milla Jovovich and Monocan royalty Caroline Casiraghi.
Guests made their way inside for cocktails in the Venus de Milo Gallery, which houses the famous sculpture of Aphrodite among other statues, and after dinner funneled into the celebrated pyramid for a live auction. Its highlights included high-ticket items such as a luxury cruise along the Nile.
Afterward, partygoers enjoyed a concert by the one and only Diana Ross. Ross, also a vision in red, performed her Motown-era hits like “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” beneath the iconic glass panels.
As the Motown legend ended her show, the evening was not even close to over; the after-party was getting underway at the museum’s Cafe Marly. Houstonians like Joyce Echols, Ceron, Melissa Mithoff, Elizabeth Petersen, Mark Sullivan and Greggory Burk busted moves to a soundtrack of DJ-spun tunes and a live electric violin till the wee hours of the morning.
Spotted in the crowd: Vogue editor Hamish Bowles, New York socialite Julie Macklowe, Duran Duran singer Nick Rhodes and Rhodes’ fashion-designer wife Gela Nash-Taylor.
Photography by Michel Dufour