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Millions in diamonds tantalize glamorous crowd at swank black-tie dinner party

Millions in diamonds tantalize glam crowd at black-tie dinner party

Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Nicolas Bos, Pierre de Saint-Albin, Becca Cason Thrash, Alexandre Bader
Nicolas Bos, Pierre de Saint-Albin, Becca Cason Thrash, Alexandre Bader. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Lauren Werner, Gregroy Fourticq, Todd Fiscus, Ceron
Lauren Werner, Gregrory Fourticq, Todd Fiscus, Ceron. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, John Thrash, Lora Clemmons, Shafik Rifaat
John Thrash, Lora Clemmons, Shafik Rifaat. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Phoebe Tudor, Melissa Mithoff, Kristy Sullivan
Phoebe Tudor, Melissa Mithoff, Kristy Sullivan. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Jim Nelson, Stanton Welch, Mark Scioneaux
Jim Nelson, Stanton Welch, Mark Scioneaux. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Steve Wyatt, Joyce Echols, Gary Petersen
Steve Wyatt, Joyce Echols, Gary Petersen. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van CleeF & Arpels party, April 2016, Lora Lane, Bo Lane
Lora Lane, Bo Lane. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
VAN CLEEF & Arpels party, April 2016, Piotr Glaitzine, Maria-Anna Galitzine, Jo Furr, Jim Furr
Prince Piotr Glaitzine, Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, Jo Furr, Jim Furr. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van CleeF & Arpels party, April 2016, Quang Henderson, Staci Henderson, Tifany Wong, Randall Wong, Cenk Ozdogan
Quang Henderson, Staci Henderson, Tifany Wong, Randall Wong, Cenk Ozdogan. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van CleeF & Arpels party, April 2016, Fady Armanious, Hallie Vanderhider, Suzanne Dildy, Gary Dildy
Fady Armanious, Hallie Vanderhider, Suzanne Dildy, Gary Dildy. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Claire Cormier-Thielke, Dr. Yvonne Cormier
Claire Cormier-Thielke, Dr. Yvonne Cormier. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Pershant Mehta, Nidhika Mehta, Rosemary Johnson, Gerry Mulllins
Pershant Mehta, Nidhika Mehta, Rosemary Johnson, Gerry Mulllins. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Diane Lokey Farb
Diane Lokey Farb. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Mary Ann McKeithan, Henri Hall, Patti Murphy
Mary Ann McKeithan, Henri Hall, Patti Murphy. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Dylan Seff, Jordan Seff, Tony Gibson, J.D. Adamson
Dylan Seff, Jordan Seff, Tony Gibson, J.D. Adamson. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Dr. Roland Maldonado, Van Cleef model, Nancy Marcus Golden
Dr. Roland Maldonado, Van Cleef model, Nancy Marcus Golden. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, model
Modeling Van Cleef & Arpels jewels. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Becca Cason Thrash
Becca Cason Thrash wearing Naeem Khan. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, table setting
Beautiful table settings are fit for royalty. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Nicolas Bos, Pierre de Saint-Albin, Becca Cason Thrash, Alexandre Bader
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Lauren Werner, Gregroy Fourticq, Todd Fiscus, Ceron
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, John Thrash, Lora Clemmons, Shafik Rifaat
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Phoebe Tudor, Melissa Mithoff, Kristy Sullivan
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Jim Nelson, Stanton Welch, Mark Scioneaux
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Steve Wyatt, Joyce Echols, Gary Petersen
Van CleeF & Arpels party, April 2016, Lora Lane, Bo Lane
VAN CLEEF & Arpels party, April 2016, Piotr Glaitzine, Maria-Anna Galitzine, Jo Furr, Jim Furr
Van CleeF & Arpels party, April 2016, Quang Henderson, Staci Henderson, Tifany Wong, Randall Wong, Cenk Ozdogan
Van CleeF & Arpels party, April 2016, Fady Armanious, Hallie Vanderhider, Suzanne Dildy, Gary Dildy
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Claire Cormier-Thielke, Dr. Yvonne Cormier
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Pershant Mehta, Nidhika Mehta, Rosemary Johnson, Gerry Mulllins
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Diane Lokey Farb
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Mary Ann McKeithan, Henri Hall, Patti Murphy
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Dylan Seff, Jordan Seff, Tony Gibson, J.D. Adamson
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Dr. Roland Maldonado, Van Cleef model, Nancy Marcus Golden
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, model
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, Becca Cason Thrash
Van Cleef & Arpels party, April 2016, table setting

With millions in Van Cleef & Arpels diamonds on display and a heady crowd that could afford the rare cache of glitz, this was a black-tie dinner party to remember.

Yes, the oh-la-la factor reached stratospheric levels at the home of John and Becca Cason Thrash where the French fine jewelry house toasted the opening of its River Oaks District store. Although the jewel box officially opened several months ago, Van Cleef & Arpels saved a glorious spring night for the celebratory soirée that doubled as a fundraiser for Houston Ballet.

So important was this evening that Van Cleef creative director and CEO Nicolas Bos flew in from Paris along with fashion designer Gaspard Yurkievich, who creates the gowns worn by models for the jewelry house including the sleek evening dresses worn on this evening. Van Cleef CEO for the Americas Alain Bernard also flew in for the party as did River Oaks District developer Dene Oliver (seated next to the ever-glam Suzanne Saperstein, who recently relocated from Los Angeles to Houston.)

"We have known Becca for a very, very long time — like the whole world," Bos said, connecting the dots on the evening. "And we told each other that the day we have a sales presence in Houston, we will celebrate that together . . . And we have a whole history with the world of dance and ballet which is inspiration for us."

The party began at sunset in the formal garden beneath a bower of crape myrtles where guests including Lora and Dr. John Clemmons, Phoebe Tudor, and Nidhika and Pershant Mehta glided on the wave of evening elegance. Setting the pace for the black-tie sophistication was the hostess herself — La Becca in a stunning, gilded Naeem Khan gown.

"We at Van Cleef & Arpels thought we knew about taste and parties and philanthropy, (pause) and then we met Becca," Bernard told the gathering of 170. Indeed, she continues to set the standard for grand parties, often with a philanthropic bent. This party raised $130,000 for Houston Ballet making it a very happy night for artistic director Stanton Welch and general manager Jim Nelson.

As soon as the brief speeches and live auction were over, Becca slipped out of the figure-hugging gown and into an Alexander McQueen tunic, allowing plenty of room for indulging in the City Kitchen dinner. Guests swooned over the warm asparagus starter, the sword fish main course and the to-die-for desserts that had guests tugging at one another over the lemon tart and the pecan ball.

Among those fairly salivating over the vitrines filled with priceless diamond and gem creations were Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Allison and Troy Thacker, Rania Daniel, J.D. Adamson and Tony Gibson, Ceron and Todd Fiscus, Annoshea and Alan Taghdisi, Roya and Massoud Taghdisi, and Susanne Byram and Terry Verbecke.

And cutting their own glamorous swath through the scene was Duyen Hguyen with her glamazon daughters Lauren and Misha Nguyen.

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