Were you at the Met Gala? If not, go immediately to see the Costume Institute exhibit it previewed, juxtaposing the clothes of 1930’s designer Elsa Schiaparelli with the clothes of the very modern Miuccia Prada. Above-the-waist sumptuous metallic embroidered jackets by Schiap (who designed for members of café society clustered around cocktail tables at El Morocco ) were shown with below-the-waist gauzy skirts by Prada. The newest Clara Kasavina evening clutch or crystal-encrusted minaudière was very much in evidence at the Met Gala.
Case in point: Elizabeth Cordry wearing a black dress with a ruffled pink collar clutches Clara Kasavina’s fashionable Lilia minaudiere as she strolls the red carpet. Lilia is an exquisite hand-sculpted floral minaudiere topped with a three-leaf magnetic clasp.
Third case in point (and three’s a charm): Nina Arianda, Broadway star and Tony nominee for her role in Venus in Fur, is wearing Clara Kasavina’s to-die-for Crystal Floral Minaudiere named Rosalie. The hand-sculpted metalwork bag is encrusted with Swarovski Elements and goes beautifully with Nina’s silvery strapless Oscar de la Renta gown. She arrived arm and arm with actor/singer/songwriter Cheyenne Jackson.
Iconic style-setter and world-class collector, Iris Apfel, was seen at last week’s Accessorie Circuit show at the Clara Kasavina booth with designer/sculptor Misha Berger, Clara’s husband and artistic partner. Iris famously chose Misha’s incredible Ruth bag to feature in an extension of a Metropolitan Museum of Art traveling exhibit. All roads lead to the Met. Go now.