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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.

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Bring on the Bling

And the the Oscar goes to ..... As you may have noticed at the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27th the stars were aligned, on the red carpet that is - and stunning in their glamorous gowns, but we at Clara Kasavina noticed something missing.  Here are our top picks for the most sumptuous gowns and starlets, as well as the must-have accessory - Clara Kasavina clutches!

Nudes and whites looked ethereal and gently purred "Goddess" on stars like Halle Berry in sparkly Marchesa, Nicole Kidman in an embroidered and glittering Christian Dior, budding star Hailee Steinfeld in custom Marchesa and Mandy Moore in a crystal encrusted Monique Lhuiller gown.   Here are our purse picks for these Hollywood royals.

Hallie Berry with our Lilia minaudiere and necklace.

Hallie Berry in Marchesa at the Oscars 2011.  Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage

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Nicole Kidman with our Mini Celeste with white python clutch.

Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior at the Oscars 2011. Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images

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Haliee Steinfeld with our Sophia Puff Pearl clutch.

Haliee Steinfeld in custom Marchesa at the Oscars 2011. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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Mandy Moore with our Angela in Pearl Pink Leather.

Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuiller at the Oscars 2011.  Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

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Style stand out Gwyneth Paltrow glistened in a drop-waist modern and sleek Calvin Klein gown.  Clara Kasavina pairs our yummy Angela in bone fringed leather and begs Ms. Paltrow to ditch the Louis Vuitton earring and brooch bling to save those for another dress.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein at the Oscars 2011 Photo by Jason Merritt / Getty Images

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Reds were all the rage, looking fresh on Hollywood new comer Jennifer Lawrence in a form fitting Calvin Klein look.  We pair Clara Kasavina Romeo with this red hot gown. Talk about bombshell!

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein at the Oscars 2011. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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Penelope Cruz steamed up the red carpet, in another spicy red gown, this time by L'Wren Scott with sequined flames showing us what a hot Momma Ms. Cruz really is.  Momma we emphasize as in - she just had a baby only a few weeks ago! Clara Kasavina pairs our Jacqueline clutch in Golden Shadow to pick up the gold in these shimmering sequin flames.

Penelope Cruz in L'Wren Scott at the Oscars 2011. Photo by AP Photo / Matt Sayles

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Vintage glamour left its mark as Sharon Stone sizzled and reclaimed her hot factor in this one shoulder Christian Dior feathered gown.  We pair this fantastic and dramatic look with Clara Kasavina Rosita Puff in Starry Night Python.  All hail Sharon Stone - queen of this star studded night.

Sharon Stone in Christian Dior at the Oscars 2011. Photo by AP Photo / Matt Sayles

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Reese Witherspoon was delicately delicious in this Vintage Barbie look, her hair, the Giorgio Armani gown and emerald earrings evoked that of old school hollywood to remind us what glamour stands for. Clara Kassavina says pair this fab look with our Roselie Silver minaudiere clutch encrusted with over 5,000 hand placed Swarovski crystals.  Now if thats not glamour, I don't know what is!

Reese Witherspoon in Giorgio Armani at the Oscars 2011. Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images

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Last but not least, the lovely ladies in hues of purple and lace.  How stunning was Mila Kunis in one of my favourite couture dresses by Elie Saab.  Mila mixed the lace and lavender trend to hit a winner on our fashion radar.  We choose the Clara Kasavina Hope clutch as a perfect match for this oh-so yummy confection.

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Couture at the Oscars 2011. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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Bursting at the seams pregnant and Best Actress winner Natalie Portman is divine in this purple Rodarte gown, custom made for her.  Instead of her darker red clutch, Clara Kasavina recommends our youthful and fresh Elongated Sophia clutch in peach.

Natalie Portman in Rodarte at the Oscars 2011.  Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Thats a wrap for this years Oscar Fashion Report!