PARIS — When Becca Cason Thrash was organizing her Liaisons au Louvre fund-raising gala, she couldn’t have predicted it would take place on the hottest day of the year.
As thermometers in Paris shot up to 35 degrees Centigrade, the quick-thinking Texan socialite decided the day before Tuesday’s event to move the dinner, initially planned under the glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei, into the basement housing the museum’s medieval moat.
“I just thought, do I have them be miserable, but give them the ‘wow’ factor of the pyramid? Or do I give them comfort? And I opted for comfort,” said Cason Thrash, dressed in vintage Christian Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano, and diamond jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier.
Becca Cason Thrash
Her decision was heartily applauded by the guests at what has been dubbed the ultimate billionaire’s ball — among them Olga Kurylenko, Christian Louboutin, Bruno Frisoni, Hervé Van der Straeten and the members of Duran Duran, whose performance capped off the gala.
Not that the female attendees let the weather get in the way of the “glamorous gowns and fabulous jewels” dress code.
Anastasia Soare came in a black chiffon Valentino gown. “I’m a fashion victim, so it doesn’t