Tuesday, December 25, 2007

How They Wear it: Becca Cason Thrash

Like her fellow Texan Lynn Wyatt, Becca Cason Thrash has built her reputation as a socialite and philanthropist on her passion for fashion and spectacle. She is often featured in Houston’s social columns and the New York Times even once dubbed her “the next Lynn Wyatt.”

Thrash once worked for a public relations firm where her clients included a number of Saudi Arabian oil magnates. She was also the publicist for Tootsies, a pricey Houston boutique, when she married Dr. John Thrash, the multimillionaire chief executive officer of the Texas energy company eCorp. Today they live in a sprawling glass mansion filled with an enviable collection of modern art as well as a glass-ceilinged kitchen with a party room above.

When Becca Cason Thrash throws a party it is no less impressive. At a recent black tie event she gave benefiting the American Friends of the Louvre, guests flew in from Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, Toronto, Paris, and all over Texas to raise funds in her spectacular 20,000-square-foot, glass-walled home. The highlight of the evening was the re-creation of Christian Lacroix’s Haute Couture show, shown only the month before, which was presented on a mirrored runway built on top of the Tharsh’s indoor swimming pool.

In the last couple of years she has also gained a reputation as an haute couture connoisseur with a small collection that she has been gradually building up over the last few of seasons. Treating her purchases like the works of art that she and her husband acquire, her collection includes pieces by Gaultier, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, and the American Ralph Rucci.

Unlike many couture customers, Thrash rarely wear’s a designer’s creations from head to toe, but tends to mix pieces from different seasons to create a distinct look. It is this way of wearing couture which informs the manner in which she purchases her pieces. When she attends the show and the couture salons twice a year she often tries to break the outfits down in her head, picking out a pair of pants or a jacket to update her existing wardrobe. In a sense Thrash sees couture as the antithesis of ready-to-wear, where clothes are often considered dated after a season. Instead she views her couture purchases as wearable works of art that gain in value over time.

Clockwise: Becca Cason Thrash in Christian Lacroix, Spring 2007; With her husband John Thrash in Ralph Rucci couture, Fall 2003; In Hanae Mori haute couture, Fall 2004; In Christian Dior couture, Fall 2005; Pictured with Christian Lacroix during Paris couture week.
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