“The last swimmers have come in from the beach now and are dressing upstairs; the cars from New York are parked five deep in the drive, and already the halls and salons and verandas are gaudy with primary colors, and hair shorn in strange new ways, and shawls beyond the dreams of Castile.”  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

“The mood has changed,” says Clara Kasavina, designer with husband/artistic partner Misha Berger of her eponymous line of red carpet evening bags and sparkling fashion jewelry.

According to Clara, we want glamour in our lives -- Great Gatsby glamour with a modern vibe. We want to  come in from the beach and dress up and feel beautiful and effervescent. We want to wear dangly earrings and wonderful strappy shoes, layers of chiffon over sexy La Perla lingerie.  And, of course, always the right bags and baubles. It’s summer, and we want to party -- a chic cocktail affair at Montauk, a gathering on a Manhattan rooftop, a glittering tented soiree beside a pool in Greenwich....

Here are some ways to get Great Gatsby Style - the New Glamour

1)  Slip into an intricately-beaded silver flapper dress, don a rhinestone headband and carry Clara Kasavina’s Triple Lilia evening bag in antique-ed silver. This elegant hand-sculpted metal floral minaudiere is embellished with more than 7,000 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, workmanship as fine as that of the beading on this authentic ’20’s dress.

2)  Marcel your hair, paint your mouth with dark red lipstick into a “bee sting” pout and pencil your brows. Then flaunt an adorable Clara Kasavina bag - such as Floral Melissa in fuchsia puff lamb leather capped by a little enamel floral clasp pave-ed with crystals.

3)  Ralph Lauren’s floaty white ribbed frock with feathers references the Jazz Age but is thoroughly 2012.  The perfect accessory for this runway look is Clara Kasavina’s Neve Clutch, a confection of cream tulle roses, framed in hand-sculpted metal and closed with a delicate flower clasp encrusted with Swarovski Elements.

4)  Indulge in Ralph’s shimmery satin gown so sexy its looks like lingerie. Or channel Mia Farrow, star of the 1974 cinematic version of The Great Gatsby, vamping it up in brocade and a beaded cloche.  Whatever your mood, swaddle yourself in a marabou boa.  These luxe looks need equally lush jewelry.  Clara suggests her Fiona Marquise Ring, a  marquise-shaped cocktail ring wrought of hand-sculpted filigree centered with a large Swarovski crystal encircled by diamonté. Now don’t you feel ready for your close-up? You’ve got glamour.

Written by Peggy Healy