You’ll find it in the drop-dead glamorous creations of red-carpet-ready handbag and fashion jewelry designer Clara Kasavina. It’s the glamour of the Roaring 20’s, the era of bathtub gin, bobbed haircuts, sequined dresses and the Charleston. It’s the Jazz Age, an epoch defined by The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel that has been filmed no fewer than six times. This Christmas, famous Australian film director Baz Luhrmann will release the newest version of Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Debicki. Check out the fabulous Art Deco poster for the movie. It’s bound to become a collectible, like the elegant, Swarovski be-jeweled evening bags and jewelry of Clara Kasavina.
Which evening bags would pair best with the fashions of Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby or Jack Clayton’s 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow? For Daisy Buchanan’s (played by Carey Mulligan) adorable mauve flapper dress with grey tassels, Clara Kasavina suggested her Neve Grey clutch, a whisper of a bag romantically decorated with tulle roses and framed with hand-sculpted metal encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
For this stunning evening ensemble designed by Ralph Lauren and inspired by The Great Gatsby (Ralph designed the clothes for the 1974 film), Clara chose Rosita Puff, a vintage inspired clutch crafted in ivory tulle, with a frame inset with Swarovski crystals. Rosita Puff is as delicate and beautiful as this glistening satin top, floaty pants and feathery boa.
This lovely white froth of a dress with sequined net insets and lacy picture hat adorned Mia Farrow (playing Daisy Buchanan) in the 1974 Gatsby. The dress is as timeless as the creations of Clara Kasavina. To round out Mia’s outfit, Clara picked Cecilia, an elongated Crystal Clutch with symmetrical open metal work set with Swarovski Elements. Why, we queried? “Because, darling,” said Clara, “my bag design echoes the symmetry of the dress’s sleeves and border. Such a touch!”
Art Deco symmetry is inherent in the incredible Samira bag designed by Misha Berger, Clara’s husband and design partner. Misha drew inspiration from the construct of a Chinese fan and employs Clara’s favorite Swarovski Marquise “denim blue” crystal embellishments. Samira embraces all of the elements of Art Deco -- elegance, functionality, modernity, and, most of all, glamour. This is the IT Evening Bag for Fall and Winter. Expect to see Samira on the runway, the red carpet and at glam parties where A-Listers will subtly flaunt it.
Even Gucci has gotten into the Gatsby act with this sexy Art Deco flapper dress in gold and black, perfect for Daisy Buchanan, the alluring character in the novel with whom Jay Gatsby once had an affair. What’s missing are the right jewelry and the right bag -- leave it Clara Kasavina to come up with the perfect accessories: For her neck, An Art Deco pendant-- a crystal necklace featuring a round pendant made from hand-sculpted metal paved with SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS. For her arm, Clara’s charming Valentina black flapper beaded evening bag.
If this isn’t the epitome of The Great Gatsby style, we don’t know what is. The gold lamé, fur trim and marcelled hair bespeaks the prosperous period of the glitzy, glamorous Roaring 20’s. Not too many evening bags could hold their own with this opulent outfit, but leave it to Clara Kasavina. She suggests Sasha, a trapezoid-shaped Minaudiere Clutch in silver shadow python emblazoned with a fan of amber-colored Swarovski ELEMENTS®. And, so nice, it’s hand-made in New York, where Nick Carraway (played by Tobey Maguire), narrator of The Great Gatsby, begins his unforgettable tale,,,,,,
Written by Peggy Healy