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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


Clara Kasavina Trunk Show at Bloomingdale's New York: April 27-28, 2012

Three reasons to treat yourself to an outing at Bloomingdale’s today or tomorrow:

Clara Kasavina. Clara Kasavina. Clara Kasavina.  Yes, the fabulous, collectible designer evening bags  will be available at a trunk show in the store that’s like no other, Bloomingdale’s at 59th and Lex, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on the Main Floor, handbag department. These bags are perfect for a cocktail party, a charity event, an evening on the town with your significant other or a lunch with the ladies who do (we promise they will notice).

1.  If you love snakeskin (and who doesn’t?) the Clara Kasavina New Tiffany clutch will charm you.  The genuine python bag is trimmed with Swarovski crystals and crowned with a striking crystal clasp. It has a concealed double chain handle and a magnetic closure. Adorable and goes beautifully from day into evening.

2.  For a fabulous bag you’ll simply love forever, Clara Kasavina’s Fabby minaudiere is the ticket. It’s an ultra-luxe, Swarovski Elements -embellished clutch that is a jewel in and of itself, not to mention a piece of art.  Made in the USA, it has little protective feet and a magnetic closure.  Available in gold and silver, it’s the ultimate bag for the little black dress or the most drop-dead gorgeous lame  gown.

3.  Clara Kasavina Dora python clutch.  Can you say precious?  This clutch grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go.  It’s genuine python, of course, but the coloring is so subtle and so pretty, you’ll want to trot it out every day in every way.  The crystal trim is Swarovski and it has a concealed double chain and a magnetic closure. Wear it with everything