NEW YORK, New York (03/2012)  Designer Clara Kasavina of red-carpet-style evening bags fame has re-imagined a line of her company’s jewelry, first issued in the ’80’s.  The line that was popular then is even more popular now, as the pieces have been tweaked for the new century to be young, stunning and affordable while maintaining the same artisanship Clara Kasavina is known for. The Clara Kasavina Jewelry Collection consists of rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and necklaces, all of which have a fresh, glamorous look, like the Marquis  earrings shown above.  These earrings are distinguished by the point-to-point marquise-shaped blue Swarovski crystal centers surrounded by diamonté. The pair depicted here is for pierced ears but can be ordered as clip-ons.

The popularity of Clara Kasavina’s, hand-made-in-New-York jewelry is evident in the number of line-for-line copies that have been popping up in the editorial pages of Marie Claire, for instance, as well as in a number of ads placed in fashion and accessories magazines.

The Clara Kasavina Jewelry Collections was originally created in the early ‘80’s by Clara’s husband Misha Berger. Berger, a sculptor who emigrated from the Ukraine in the ‘70’s, is experienced in the art of chikanka, or metal chasing. His work is so fine, it was recognized by museums in the Ukraine, before he came to America and began a collaboration with his wife in their fashion accessories business. Colors and shapes of the re-issued line have been modified to be up-to-the-fashion minute.

Of the flurry of imitations of his and Clara’s designs, Berger says, “I don’t believe this is the sincerest form of flattery. I think it’s more like flummery.” Among the pieces which have been copied are the Infinity Cuff, the Cleo Cuff and the Dome Cuff.

Infinity Cuff in Elle Mag circa 1988

Clara Kasavina is best-known for original, collectible evening bags, clutches, purses and minaudières, many studded with Swarovski crystals or crafted of beautiful skins.

Their bags, belts and jewelry are all made in a factory in New York and are to be seen in leading fashion and lifestyle publications. Many are investment pieces such as “Peter the Great,” an ovoid-shaped entrance bag gleaming with a palette of pastel Swarovski Elements or with the gemstone tones of sapphire blue, peridot green, tourmaline (gray), amethyst, pink and ruby. Fashion arbiter Candy Pratts Price featured “Peter the Great” in Vogue’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.

The newest styles of Clara Kasavina bags and jewelry were on display at the Fashion Coterie trade show at the Javits Center in New York in February. Among Clara’s chic and show-stopping evenings bags is “Violeta,” as lovely and as many-splendored as a country garden can be, complete with an “insect” clasp. The flowers in this golden garden are wrought of mauve and garnet-colored Swarovski crystals with sparkling emerald-colored leaves.

Like many of their creations, inspiration derives from the legendary Fabergé eggs, the imperial jeweled eggs commissioned by the Russian Tzars. “Our heritage is Russian,” says Clara, who emigrated from St. Petersburg. “We are obsessed with Fabergé. But we draw inspiration elsewhere, too,” she says, pointing out exquisite red and gold and black and gold bags that evoke Shanghai in this Chinese Year of the Dragon.

The red and gold theme has been brought into the Clara Kasavina Jewelry Collection with the India-spired Sari necklace and matching earrings and the cool Marquis red-stone ring.

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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


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


Haliee Steinfeld with our Sophia Puff Pearl clutch.

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


Mandy Moore with our Angela in Pearl Pink Leather.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!