Mia Farrow




“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



Glamour is back! 

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