Winged Victory

Becca Cason Thrash's Bash Raises Millions for the Louvre


Bruno Frisoni with Becca Cason Thrash   
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For the second edition of her Parisian fundraising effort known as Liaisons au Louvre, the newly inducted Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur Becca Cason Thrash went double or nothing. Her lavish cocktail in the museum's nineteenth-century apartments of Napoleon III, followed by a sit-down dinner in the Cour Marly sculpture hall, drew over 350 guests, almost all of whom stayed on for an auction under the glass pyramid, emceed once again by the hostess herself. The evening's highlight: a special performance by Janet Jackson, who delivered a medley of her greatest hits as well as a tribute to her brother.

There were acres of silks and lashings of jewels—even a case of a sizable missing pearl. The eclectic crowd included honored guest HSH Prince Albert of Monaco (who said he came solo because his bride had fittings to tend to), Ariane de Rothschild, Maryvonne Pinault, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, and Julie Macklowe, wearing a Zang Toi gown and the designer himself on her arm.

Diane Kruger, in an Alessandra Rich dress she picked up on Net-a-Porter "in a heartbeat," said she's growing accustomed to gilded salons, as she's currently shooting a movie about Marie Antoinette's last four days in the palace of Versailles. A Giambattista Valli-clad Bianca Brandolini d'Adda, who also knows something about the good life, shared a few thoughts on the perils of It-girldom: "Having taste can play against you," she said, "because people are busy looking at what you're wearing and what you have, when what you really want is to do something" (i.e., act). The fledgling actress' third film, the Italian romantic comedy Ti Amo Troppo Per Dirtelo (I Love You More Than I Can Say), will be released in Europe in October.

Vintage guru Cameron Silver, meanwhile, told he just scored a major trove of seventies-era YSL couture. "When Becca says 'show up,' you do," he joked. Thrash's goal for the evening: to double her previous tally and raise some $4 million for renovations at the museum, which she did by selling several vacation packages, including a Caribbean cruise, a South African safari, and a week at Xavier Hermes' private home in Marrakech. Dressed in a stone-colored feather-print gown from Alexander McQueen's final collection, the hostess quipped, "I am the Winged Victory."

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