PARIS — Houston philanthropist Becca Cason Thrash is hell-bent on improving her French after being decorated by Maryvonne Pinault as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor Tuesday night at the American Ambassador's residence in Paris.
During her acceptance speech, Cason Thrash paid tribute to Henri Loyrette, director of the Louvre museum, who she described a risk taker and visionary.
“When he invited me to produce the first ever fundraiser for the Louvre, in the Louvre, it wasn’t just that I was an American, imagine, I was a Texan — quelle horreur!” joked Cason Thrash, who confessed that until recently she’d assumed the Légion d'honneur went only to war heroes. “And then, I was putting on my makeup and I thought, I’m an American asking for money for a French museum — that takes a little bravery.”
Guests including Ria and Yiouri Augousti, Rebecca Carcelle, Christopher Forbes and Melonie Hennessy joined Thrash for a candlelit dinner that ended on a sweet note, courtesy of “Becca’s Texan pie,” — made in France, bien sur.
The royal wedding was one of the evening's main topics, with Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton deemed the best bet for Kate Middleton’s dress. “I hope it’s McQueen as it has to be magical, it has to make a statement from afar,” said Bruno Frisoni.
“All I can say is that it’s not me doing the dress,” noted Pucci’s Peter Dundas, who nevertheless has been designing his fair share of wedding dresses of late, including for model Anja Rubik who’s due to marry in July.
“I’m rooting for McQueen’s Sarah Burton,” enthused Cason Thrash, adding that she won’t be able to watch the royal nuptials as she’s heading to Steve Wynn’s wedding in Las Vegas.