Just hours off of a plane from London, Becca Cason Thrash showed no signs of impending jet lag Thursday night when accepting honors as the 2011 Fashion Houston Style Icon. Wearing a Giambattista Valli cropped jacket over cocktail slacks with Louboutin boots and black leather gloves, she was an impeccable standout amid the chic coterie that gathered in the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center for the finale of the four-night fashion extravaganza.
Prior to the presentation of more than two dozen designer ensembles from Becca's closet, Neal Hamil, Fashion Houston creative director, did the honors describing this lady of the hour as "a global game changer, raising millions for chairty."
"The fashion world has no better friend than Becca," he said.
Her one basic rule of dressing: "Never walk out the door without something of incredible quality."
Before the parade of Ralph Rucci, Alexander McQueen, Naeem Khan, Christian Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier designs, Becca talked fashion and her philosophy on the subject via video. Her one basic rule of dressing: "Never walk out the door without something of incredible quality."
Her love of fashion began, Becca said, when she saw her first copy of Vogue in the Piggly Wiggly in Harlingen, Texas, where she grew up. From there the passion evolved to the point, she confessed, that she has "designed an entire party around a dress that has inspired me."
Of particular note on the runway were the haute couture cinnabar-hued Rucci gown with ostrich evening jacket, the haute couture crocodile tailcoat over a matching ball gown by Gaultier, the Marchesa beaded cocktail dress that she wore last winter for her receipt of the French Legion of Honor and the McQueen gown that she wore in June to Liaisons au Louvre II, the Paris event that raised more than $3.8 million for the vaunted museum.
And then there were the diamond Cartier clips from the '30s, her favorite accessory — other than her husband, John Thrash, she quipped.
The proud husband was seated on the front row along with notables including Holly Moore, Valerie Sarofim, Monsour Taghdisi, Bob Devlin, Liz Zaruba, Lucinda and Javier Loya, Dr. Yasmine Haddad, Gregory Fourticq, Jeff Shell, Sofia Adrogué, Jeff Gremillion, Trish Millard and Antonio Marziale and Fashion Houston honcho Jared Lang of Momentum Audi. Audi was sponsor of the four-day presentations.