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Paris, Meet Houston: Celebrating Becca Cason Thrash

It certainly doesn’t happen often that a Texan is awarded the National Order of theLegion of Honour (or, as they say in Paris, Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur). In fact, it’s almost never when the honor has been bestowed upon people like Charles Lindbergh, Estee Lauder, Madonna, to name but a few cultural icons. And now, add Becca Cason Thrash to an illustrious list.

The festivities began in late April when Thrash was feted in Paris by the U.S. Ambassador to France who hosted a swanky formal dinner in their official Paris residence, Hotel de Pontalba. American Ambassador Charles Rivkin and wifeSusan Tolson couldn’t have been lovelier during it all, we understand.

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Fast forward to now where Thrash has come home to Texas for a pit stop before gearing up again for her second American Friends of the Louvre gala in mid June, to which you should have already received your invitation by now. Recently at a River Oaks home, ala’ Tuscan villa, Thrash was hosted by her closest Houstonian friends and confidantes; many of our favorites and people like her hubby John Thrash, Elizabeth and Gary Petersen, Meg Goodman and Mike Bonini, Lindsey Love, Peter Soros, Mimi and Robert Del Grande, Greggory and Pat Burk, Valerie Sarofim, Monsour Tahdisi, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Karen and Steve Tyrell, and too many others to name here. A coterie of admirers indeed.

The poolside party at the glistening lean-to was decorated in festive black, white and fishia, complete with a tent, a band, lots of great eats and of course, conversation centered on the upcoming Paris event, summer trips (all over Europe, Jackson Hole, The Hamptons, Malibu and so forth, where the pack tends to pack it in) and of how proud we are all of Becca.

Dressed in a turquoise off the shoulder number with matching turquoise and diamond drop earrings that duster her clavicle, Becca was almost levitating, happy as a clam to be surrounded by those who adore her most close to home. Her medal of honor, a small version that will grace her left shoulder in public, was dazzling. “This is so much fun, isn’t it?” mused Becca about the party. “I’m so glad you all are here!” Touching, and sometimes bawdy tributes were made to Becca, who teared up and laughed alternatively at the heartfelt emotion shared by so many.

The party carried on into the warm evening with the strains of the band playing songs that remain in the mind of another flawless party The Socialite Diplomat was honored to attend in supporting his wonderful friend and iconic Becca Cason Thrash.