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Houston fashionastas hit the European party scene with Duran Duran and Juicy Couture founder

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News, Becca Cason Thrash, Diane Lokey Farb, Gela Taylor, John Taylor, Therese Garner, Beth Muecke and Susanne Dawley Byram
Becca Cason Thrash, kneeling, from left, Gela Nash, John Taylor, Diane Lokey Farb, Therese Garner, Beth Muecke and Susanne Dawley Byram. Courtesy of Diane Lokey Farb

When Diane Lokey Farb made the winning bid last June for a three-night stay at the swank South of Wraxall Manor in the British countryside, the reality of it seemed far removed from the grand "Liaison au Louvre III" soirée in Paris where her bid was made.

But the British fantasy came to life last week when Farb and a handful of friends took up brief residence in the country home of Duran Duran's John Taylor and wife Gela Nash, co-founder of Juicy Couture. The couple and Liaison au Louvre chair Becca Cason Thrash hosted a swell dinner at the manse for the travelers, who were photographed in front of the enormous fireplace with their hosts.

Farb's merry troupe spent several days in London, the stint in the countryside and then headed of to Paris for more luxe Euro travel. She was joined by Susanne Dawley Byram, Beth Muecke and former Houstonian Therese Garner (formerly Ranzau).

The country house dates to the 15th century and was purchased by Taylor and Nash several years ago, after which they did a major restoration. Cason Thrash and the Duran Duran group became fast friends after the rockers performed at the premiere Liaisons au Louvre benefit several years ago.

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