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SIMPLY THE BEST BAG TO WEAR TO THE MET COSTUME INSTITUTE PARTY by Peggy Healy Parker

The biggest, hottest social event on America’s fashion scene is the Gala Benefit previewing the newest exhibit at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each May, the style world glides out for the “Met Party”; hundreds of A-list celebs and fashionistas traipse up the red-carpeted steps of the august institution on upper Fifth Avenue clad or half clad to the popping cameras of a phalanx of paparazzi, while a cadre of the uninvited looks longingly on. Attendees mill around the great lobby with its sweeping marble staircases (as cameras continue to flash), peruse the exhibit and then sit-down to a many-coursed gourmet dinner. It’s a mad whirl where everyone is watching everyone else to see who’s there and what’s what. “Isn’t that Gisele Bundschen behind those Foster Grants!” As usual, this year’s Gala Benefit, happening May 2, has a golden roster of chairs -- multi-national businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, actors Salma Hayek and Colin Firth, designer Stella McCartney and the one-and-only Anna Wintour. The soon-to-be-unveiled exhibit, “Savage Beauty,” is a retrospective celebrating the iconic designs of Alexander McQueen. “McQueen was best known for his astonishing and extravagant runway presentations which were given dramatic scenarios and narrative structures that suggested avant-garde installation and performance art,” said Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s Curator.

Probably no one has more of the inside scoop on the Met Party (who’s invited, who’s not, what should be worn and what should not), than Candy Pratts Price, creative director of Vogue.com, former Accessories Editor of Vogue, and the woman Wintour described as “the Queen of the Internet.”

Readers of Vogue.com eagerly await to see what Candy will say about the big event weeks before it is to take place. This year, in a warm tribute to McQueen, Candy chose six important accessories, each one of which she related to McQueen’s genius work. We are happy to say that of the half-dozen pieces chosen, one was a Clara Kasavina evening bag. (Others accessories were by such as Christian Louboutin, Gianbattista Valli and Michael Spirito) Here’s the bag Pratts picked, and rather than paraphrase -- here’s exactly what she said about it:

My dear readers, if you want an instant classic, this is the bag to own and to cherish. Candy Pratts Price is known for her impeccable fashion taste. As a great collector of French designer fashions once said about Pratts after she borrowed a number of pieces for a show, “She chose well.” And so she did. And so should you.