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Were you at the Met Gala?  If not, go immediately to see the Costume Institute exhibit it previewed, juxtaposing the clothes of 1930’s designer Elsa Schiaparelli with the clothes of the very modern Miuccia Prada. Above-the-waist sumptuous metallic embroidered jackets by Schiap (who designed for members of café society clustered around cocktail tables at El Morocco ) were shown with below-the-waist gauzy skirts by Prada. The newest Clara Kasavina evening clutch or crystal-encrusted minaudière was very much in evidence at the Met Gala.

Case in point: Elizabeth Cordry wearing a black dress with a ruffled pink collar clutches Clara Kasavina’s fashionable Lilia minaudiere as she strolls the red carpet. Lilia is an exquisite hand-sculpted floral minaudiere topped with a three-leaf magnetic clasp.

Second case in point: celebrated comedienne Leslie Mann (wife of Judd Apatow) flows into the gala wearing a filmy Nina Ricci ruffled blush dress and flaunting her Clara Kasavina Lilia minaudiere.

Third case in point (and three’s a charm):  Nina Arianda, Broadway star and Tony nominee for her role in Venus in Fur, is wearing Clara Kasavina’s to-die-for Crystal Floral Minaudiere named Rosalie. The hand-sculpted metalwork bag is encrusted with Swarovski Elements and goes beautifully with Nina’s silvery strapless Oscar de la Renta gown. She arrived arm and arm with actor/singer/songwriter Cheyenne Jackson.

Iconic style-setter and world-class collector, Iris Apfel, was seen at last week’s Accessorie Circuit show at the Clara Kasavina booth with designer/sculptor Misha Berger, Clara’s husband and artistic partner.  Iris famously chose Misha’s incredible Ruth bag to feature in an extension of a Metropolitan Museum of Art traveling exhibit.  All roads lead to the Met.  Go now.

Fashion Update, Trends


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, former Accessories Editor of Vogue, and the woman Wintour described as “the Queen of the Internet.”

Readers of 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.