Shelby's Social Diary
NYC social scribe Derek Blasberg schmoozes his way through Houston
Another dandy author in book-signing mode has swept through town in the embrace of hostess Becca Cason Thrash. Following not quite on the heels of Hamish Bowles' colorful visit here in February, New York society scribe Derek Blasberg proved to be a darling as he mixed and mingled with local cognescenti in the Cason Thrash manse.
Nearing the end of a grueling book tour and a challenging social schedule, Blasberg graciously posed for photos, met new friends and admirers and turned on the charm as he has for social heavyweights from Manhattan to Malibu, from Paris to Palm Beach. Along the way, as social blogger for Style.com, the 28-year-old has made friends in very high places — at the top of the social ladder internationally.
Those connections have given him the credentials, we assume, to write authoritatively on what it takes to be a lady of true class. Thus, his first book — Classy.
"Is Mr. Blasberg aspiring to be the Truman Capote of his generation or the Carrie Bradshaw?" the New York Times queried on the cover of its Style section. "I know he's been compared to Truman Capote, which is good in a way," Becca said, "but he's really not like that. He would never turn on his friends."
Becca and Blasberg have been crossing party paths for more than a year, becoming fast friends along the way. So when she decided to host the book party for him, she swooped up 80 copies as gifts for her dinner guests. The young scribe cheerfully personalized his book for all who were interested including Allie Fields, Joyce Echols and Melissa Mithoff, all three looking smashing in bright summer frocks.
In his Tweet written upon landing in Houston, Blasberg quipped, "It's all steers and queers here, right?" After the party, he changed his tune tweeting, "Becca Cason Thrash's fete for me in Houston was CHIC. Seated dinner by her indoor pool . . ."
John Thrash and Becca entertained guests at dining tables around the pool and in the dining room, Armando's providing an exceptional and sophisticated Mexican dinner. Joining John in heavy talk about the current offshore drilling crisis were John Spalding, Dr. Betsy Eason, Dan Dubrowski and Phoebe Tudor. Regaling Blasberg with tales of Houston and travels at Becca's table were Marnie Greenwood, Mark Sullivan, Ceron, Greggory Burk and a handful of others.