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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

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CLARA KASAVINA - THE BACK STORY by Peggy Healy

I’m in love with Peter the Great. Not the Tsar who transformed Russia, but the dazzling, jaw-dropping designer evening bag created by Clara Kasavina and her sculptor husband Misha Berger, the artistic couple behind the celebrated Clara Kasavina company. This is the very same must-have minaudiere chosen by style icon Candy Pratts Price for inclusion in her recent VOGUE Holiday Gift Guide dedicated to all things lush and lavish.

“Just what inspired such a fresh, crystal-studded evening bag as Peter the Great?” I asked the irrepressible Clara Kasavina. “Darling,” she said, “we adore the imperial, Fabergé jeweled eggs commissioned by the Russian tsars. So, Misha adapted the curves of an egg into a regal ovoid shape and encrusted it with jewels. Candy called it a ‘grenade!”

Well, this red carpet accessory certainly explodes -- with a panoply of colors chosen from the Pop Art palette. A plethora of Swarovski Elements are hand set in gem stone tones: sapphire blue, peridot green, tourmaline, amethyst, pink , ruby red and clear crystals. (The same Pop Art theme runs throughout the Clara Kasavina Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, a gorgeous assemblage of luxurious evenings bags, clutches, purses and jewelry.)

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Clara Kasavina Featured in the September issue of InStyle Magazine

After being recognized as a winner of The Independent Handbag Designer Awards for the InStyle Red-Carpet Ready Evening Bag 2011, we couldn’t have been prouder. Now, the excitement continues into the new fashion season as we have been featured in the prestigious September issue of InStyle Magazine.

Seen on the arm of the lovely and talented Miss. Cat Deeley host of So You Think You Can Dance presented by InStyle Magazine , we are thrilled to be a favorite pick of this glossy go-to mag.

InStyle is a leading destination for the hottest trends in celeb style, beauty and fashion – to be recognized by such a prominent magazine is truly a delight.  InStyle shows you how to recreate celebrity looks in your own life. Shown in the glossy with cover girl Beyonce, our Romeo Swarovski Crystal miniaudiere can be purchased here on our website.

Hailed by Vogue.com’s Candy Pratts Price as a top pick, our Romeo Miniaudiere is one of our hottest tickets to spice up your wardrobe for any season.

Show us how you wear it on facebook.com/Clarakasavina

Keep on the look out for our Romeo Miniaudiere on more of your favorite celebrities!

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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.