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MORE OF THE NEW GLAMOUR - GREAT GATSBY STYLE AND HOW TO GET IT

 

“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

Fashion Update

“WE NEVER REGRET OUR EXTRAVAGANCES, WE ALWAYS REGRET OUR PENNY-PINCHING” by Peggy Healy

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metgala
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celebs

If there ever was a time for extravagance, it’s now – the biggest party of the year, the Met’s Costume Institute Gala, is just a week away.  Are you ready to walk the red carpet or watch those who will?  Last year some favorite Clara Kasavina aficionados (wearers of Clara Kasavina evening bags and jewelry) strode the red carpet:   Beyonce,  RihannaCandy Pratts Price, and Jennifer Lopez (recently featured in the pages of VOGUE wearing Clara’s IVY CUFF) to name a few.

We asked Clara to pick an adorable clutch; the perfect IT bag; a drop-dead entrance evening bag; or a height-of-fashion minaudiere and pair it one of these stars, for this year’s show. And because the exhibit is entitled “Schiaparelli and Prada:  Impossible Conversations,” Clara references in her choices both of these iconic fashion figures – the 1930’s designer Elsa Schiaparelli and the very now Miuccia Prada.

 

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impossibleconversations

For Beyonce: Marquise is a height-of-fashion minaudiere encrusted with Swarovski Elements and crowned with a gorgeous sparkling blue marquise-shaped stone clasp.  The blue clearly honors the glam star’s new baby, Blue Ivy.  It also references the famous SchiaparelliTears Dress, a slender pale-blue evening gown printed with a Dali design of trompe l'oeil rips and tears. “Art and design – that’s what Misha (Clara’s husband and artistic partner) and I love.”

 

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marquisebeyonce

For Rihanna: Alexis is an adorable leather clutch in hot pink or you might say in shocking pink (Schiaparelli’s signature color named after the packaging color of her perfume, Shocking). For red carpet cool, this hot, neon-bright IT bag is the ticket. “And though it’s pink, we hope it will cause some green envy,” says Clara with a twinkle in her eye.

 

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shockingpink

For Candy Pratts Price:  This award-winning fashion editor adores color, so Clara chose Clara Kasavina’s Sophia Puff, an extravagant orange python clutch with a hand-sculpted metal frame topped by a floral center clasp set with cabochons and crystals.  Prada loves orange, too, as shown by a stunning coat and prints “enriched with orange” on the runway at her February show. “Love of color is love of life,” says Clara.

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pradaorange

For Jennifer Lopez:  Red is J.Lo’s color, so Clara picked Galaxy, a Python clutch in a sensual crimson red, inspired by a perfume bottle.  It features a hand-sculpted filigree metal frame with a Galactic center and a SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS clasp.  This is the drop-dead entrance evening bag, guaranteed to turn heads. “And darling, don’t we all want to turn heads,” says Clara.

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Galaxy Clutch redpython

Clara Kasavina will be presenting her Fall/Winter 2012 Collection during Accessories Circuit May 7-9, 2012 at Pier 94, NYC Booth #3315.