I’m in love with Peter the Great. Not the Tsar who transformed Russia, but the dazzling, jaw-dropping designer evening bag created by Clara Kasavina and her sculptor husband Misha Berger, the artistic couple behind the celebrated Clara Kasavina company. This is the very same must-have minaudiere chosen by style icon Candy Pratts Price for inclusion in her recent VOGUE Holiday Gift Guide dedicated to all things lush and lavish.
“Just what inspired such a fresh, crystal-studded evening bag as Peter the Great?” I asked the irrepressible Clara Kasavina. “Darling,” she said, “we adore the imperial, Fabergé jeweled eggs commissioned by the Russian tsars. So, Misha adapted the curves of an egg into a regal ovoid shape and encrusted it with jewels. Candy called it a ‘grenade!”
Well, this red carpet accessory certainly explodes -- with a panoply of colors chosen from the Pop Art palette. A plethora of Swarovski Elements are hand set in gem stone tones: sapphire blue, peridot green, tourmaline, amethyst, pink , ruby red and clear crystals. (The same Pop Art theme runs throughout the Clara Kasavina Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, a gorgeous assemblage of luxurious evenings bags, clutches, purses and jewelry.)