Lanvin Spring 2013

Lanvin’s bag line has already been a bit of a mystery to me. With the beloved Alber Elbaz at the helm and such a strong place within the industry, why doesn’t Lanvin do more with bags?

December really is the perfect time for luxury-themed novelty items to hit stores. Have a vain friend who requires a gift but don’t want to spend very much? The keychain and coin purse options abound, and many of them already come packaged in gift boxes for your present-swapping pleasure.

Believe it or not the house of Lanvin is 120 years old! In the past few years the brand has enjoyed a renewed popularity amongst fashionistas, and we couldn’t be happier. Of course we are fans of the house of Lanvin inspired by the Impressionists and founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889.

Lanvin Madame Lanvin Shoulder Bag, $2485. Lanvin Runway Tortoise Bag, $3850. Both via Neiman Marcus.

For me, the most interesting element of tiny, structured bags like the Lanvin Madame Lanvin Shoulder Bag and Lanvin Runway Tortoise Shoulder Bag is the discipline required to carry one.

The Lanvin Flowered Denim Tote looks like nothing more than a take home art project.

There are a number of things that never cease to spark a hint of curiosity within me. PurseBlog posts fall into this category. As I sipped on my coffee this morning and read Amanda’s post on the Prada Saffiano Print Tote, something she said really resonated with me.

Lanvin Minaudiere Satin Shell Clutch, $1490 via Net-a-Porter

In general, a good rule of them is that two is a coincidence, three’s a trend. If that’s the case, then I’m ready to call shell bags a full-on fad; not only did Versace and Chanel both show shell purses during their respective Spring 2012 runway shows, but now Lanvin has dropped the Lanvin Minaudiere Satin Shell Clutch.

I am undoubtedly a Lanvin fan. However, the thing about that is that while I do love Lanvin handbags, I don’t necessarily always go out looking for a new Lanvin bag. The great thing is, they always seem to come to me.

Emma Stone carries Lanvin

Here’s one of my top five starlets-who-can-do-no-wrong, Emma Stone, drenched almost head-to-toe in Lanvin at the LA premiere of her new flick Gangster Squad. Her garnet strapless dress and statement necklace are both Lanvin, and you’ll notice she’s carrying the Lanvin Brass Trim Box Clutch.

Alber Elbaz, all is forgiven. I’ve groused and complained and wrinkled my nose at my fair share of Lanvin bags lately, but the Lanvin Amalia Python Shoulder Bag is good enough to absolve the brand of all their Chanel-aping sins.