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Becca Cason Thrash, the force-of-nature Houston philanthropist, requested “extremely formal attire” for her third Liaisons au Louvre benefit gala Tuesday night in Paris — and the swanky crowd went in heavy. Thrash herself, in a Jean Paul Gaultier couture skirt that weighed 40 pounds, whisked through the sprawling museum greeting a flotilla of Texas millionaires and designers including Giambattista Valli, Bruno Frisoni and Andrew Gn.
“It’s embroidered on metal mesh,” she said breezily.
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“My feet are going to pay: It’s pulling me to the ground,” Milla Jovovich said of her glittering Saint Laurent T-shirt gown, paved in dense silvery crystals. She let a reporter hoist a bit of its skirt to prove she wasn’t exaggerating. The actress said a heavyweight role awaits her — portraying controversial German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl in an independent movie called “Flicker of Light,” due to start filming this fall.
“How often does one dine at the Louvre?” enthused Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, her curves packed into a densely knit bustier dress by Azzedine Alaïa. The French actress is on a break from filming “Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters,” and therefore bore no fangs or claws. “In the film, I have nails that are like this long,” she said, extending her slender fingers to demonstrate.
Bianca Brandolini, who arrived on the arm of Valli, said she would be treading the boards in Paris next spring, playing a student in the French adaption of Jenny Lyn Bader’s play “None of the Above.”
During the extended cocktail gathering, as guests roamed amongst heroic statuary, Juicy Couture cofounder Gela Nash-Taylor and vbeauté’s Julie Macklowe stood furiously discussing their Alexander McQueen gowns, their skirts in creamy tulle puddled together on the floor.
“We’ve decided we’re only going to parties thrown by Texans,” Macklowe enthused. “They’re the most fun.”
As if on cue, Thrash related details of one of her pre-gala parties.
“Honey, last night we had The Gypsy Queens playing at the Senate,” she said, describing dancing-on-tables euphoria. “I think we can safely say that’s a first.”
Surely hearing Diana Ross perform a medley of hits under the I.M. Pei pyramid ranks up there, too.
Ariane Dandois and her daughter, Ondine de Rothschild, busted moves in look-alike Oscar de la Renta gowns and Vanity Fair France’s Virginie Mouzat waved her hands in the air as Ross fluffed her hair and flouted the batwing sleeves of her red sequined gown.
“Do you remember this one? Are you too young to remember this song?” Ross said to the rapt audience just before breaking into “Stop! In the Name of Love.”
The event, organized by the American and International Friends of the Louvre, raised just less than $3 million, designated for the restoration of the Roman-Greco antiquities galleries.