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CLARA KASAVINA: RED HOT SIZZLING GLAMOUR by Peggy Healy

Clara Kasavina’s fabulous, finely-wrought jewelry and timeless designer evening bags are featured in a slew of just-out glossies, from Canada’s high fashion magazine, Flare, to our bible for for the newly betrothed -- Brides magazine. We believe Clara Kasavina’s bags and baubles are perfect complements to the new designer fashions that strode the catwalk during New York’s 2012 Fashion Week. What works with what, you ask?  Here’s our advice: Clara Kasavina’s Branchie ring worn by Emily VanKamp on the cover of Flare magazine goes beautifully with these fresh classics  from Thakoon. The hand-made wraparound  filigreed ring set with Swarovski stones gives pop to Thakoon’s “old school elegance of New York.”

      

Clara Kasavina’s  Francis Hoop earrings, brilliant, pear-shaped double drops set with Swarovski Elements, are featured in the March issue of Brides Magazine. These sparklies flatter the face and would grace any of the gorgeous evening gowns Reem Acra showed in her new collection:

What evening bag could hold its own against this cool, golden column entrance dress from the inimitable Naeem Khan?  We propose a cool, silvery entrance bag, specifically Clara Kasavina’s Romeo, winner of InStyle’s 2011 red carpet award.  This is the collectible evening bag Candy Pratts Price picked for the pages of Vogue.com and that the editors of Focus magazine’s chose for their Spring/Summer 2012 issue.

Nina Cuff in Brides Magazine March 2012 issue

Award Winning Designer Handbag, Fashion Update

Clara Kasavina Winner of The Independent Handbag Designer Awards InStyle Red-Carpet Ready Evening Bag 2011

We are incredibly delighted and honored to announce that we have been chosen as this year’s

InStyle Red-Carpet Ready Evening Bag winner for the Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2011.

The Romeo Minaudiere Hand sculpted open work metal design Made with SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS , hand sewn silk organza lining 6"x8"x1" double chains.

It is because of you, our fans and devotee’s that make it possible.  A special and warm thank you to Ms. Candy Pratts Price for hand selecting our Romeo Minaudiere for Vogue.com, Emily Blumenthal of Handbag Designer 101 and to everyone at InStyle  for making this possible.

We are now celebrating 30 years of making jeweled and exotic handbags and accessories and this award is the icing on the cake.

Find us online at www.ClaraKasavina.com, Henri Bendel, Fred Siegel, the Ritz Carlton and fine department stores everywhere.

Please watch the below video announcing the win!!! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVaeE3L86rI]

The 5th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2011,

New York City June 15, 2011

http://news.instyle.com/photo-gallery/?postgallery=60408#1

Fashion Update, Trends

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.