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WHAT TO WEAR WITH WHAT FOR WEDDING DAY LOVELINESS by Peggy Healy

Your wedding day is the one day you want absolutely every single last thing about you to be perfect -- your dress, your shoes, your hair and hairpiece, your nails and make-up, the something borrowed-something blue, your hose, intimate apparel, complexion, jewelry and, of course, your handbag, purse or minaudiere. Just what is the perfect accessory for your beautiful, meticulously-chosen dream of a dress? With the plethora of possibilities out there, it’s tricky knowing where to begin....so, not to waste time, we went to the source - Clara Kasavina, iconic, international handbag and jewelry designer renowned for her sparkling, collectible designs.

Clara, an incurable Russian romantic, says in her rich accent, “I adore weddings, darling, and I always cry my heart out when he pulls back the veil and plants a kiss on her lips, don’t you? So much love I pour into my bridal handbags and minaudieres.  Such an emotional day calls for everything to be total loveliness.”

We ask about how to choose the right wedding bag. “The secret is that your bag project the same feeling as your wedding dress. Of course, there are some timeless bags that simply go with everything.”  Case in point, we dare say: Clara Kasavina’s Lilia, a glowing gold or silver, hand-sculpted floral minaudiere recently featured in InSide Weddings.

We suggested to Clara a number of styles from the leading wedding gown designers, and for each, she picked a bag that is a perfect, confidence-instilling fit for the bride on her nuptial day.

ForMonique Lhuillier’s classic halter neckline, natural waist gown with full flowing skirt and crystal straps, Clara chose Fabby, a stunning hand-sculpted metal minaudiere studded with geometrically-patterned Swarovski stones.

This Monique Lhuillier ivory wedding gown of re-embroidered and Chantilly lace was inspired by the royal wedding of Kate and William.  Clara chose another charming regal froth to wear with it -- her  Jeweled Shopper, a small chainmail-esque handbag studded with Swarovski crystals.

What could be more elegant than Marchesa’s criss-crossed strapless Greek goddess column with full, floaty skirt? Answer:  an equally elegant, and equally delicate handbag.  Clara chose Milia Clutch, the loveliest, most exquisite clutch enhanced with marabou feathers and an intricate clasp embellished with Swarovski Elements.

Reem Acra’s fall 2012 fantasy strapless gown with layered poufs of fabric is so ethereal only an equally fluffy little flirty bag will do.  Clara suggests Kitty, this adorable little feathery pouf with tuck-in chain.

This gorgeous gown by Carolina Herera is total elegance and sophistication.  Clara felt her Liza Crystal Earrings would add the right amount of sparkle to catch the light in the bride’s eyes. These sumptuous earrings, reminiscent of Mughal India, are wrought of hand-sculpted metal embellished with Swarovski Elements designed in geometric swirls.

The arresting feature of Carmen Marc Valvo’s dreamy tulle gown is the raw-edged ruffles that float down one shoulder strap. The embroidered-with-gilt- threads gown cascades to the floor, where it gently sweeps out.  Clara picked her Sybil, an Heirloom Clutch wrought of hand-sculpted linked metal embellished with pear-shaped Swarovski crystals, to round out Valvo’s super-feminine dress. The bag has a cross-body tuck-in chain, too.

This gorgeous gown from Naeem Khan Fall/Winter 2012-2013 ready-to-wear collection could easily serve as a strapless wedding gown.  The intricate embroidery Khan is known for would be nicely balanced by the simplicity of Clara Kasavina’s “Neve Clutch” a lovely tulle fabric resembling blooming roses, a hand-sculpted metal frame with a rose center clasp pavéed with Swarovski crystals.

For more information, visit: www.clarakasavina.com

Fashion Update, Trends

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!