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.

“What do you give a girl that has everything?” is a question a lot of fashion lovers (or friends of fashion lovers) ask themselves around this time of year, and if you want to get a little more creative than the requisite key pouch and still stay within budget, perhaps a set of Lanvin Faces Playing Cards (with two full decks!) is, err…in the cards?

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US and the ceremonious eating of the turkey has become an unofficial start to the Christmas season (no matter what stores wanted us to believe by putting up their decorations weeks ago, I’m still going with Thanksgiving), now’s a great time to discuss holiday wardrobe. Red, green and metallics of almost any variety are usually what people tend to wear to holiday parties, and although it’s great to be festive, incorporating those colors too heavily makes you look like just another Christmas decoration.

With the much-anticipated, much-coveted Lanvin x H&M collection debuting at select H&M locations across the country on Saturday, budget-conscious women everywhere are champing at the bit, wondering if they should brave the early-morning lines to get their hands on a piece of Alber Elbaz’s foray into the budget fashion world.

Our institutional advice on that matter is yes, absolutely, go get your ruffled cocktail dresses before everyone else gets them.

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

I don’t even like coral. Not the crusty sea structures – I’m sure those are perfectly lovely – but the color, most often associated with bad lipstick choices and tropically located retirees. Anything in the peach and orange family tends to make me run and hide because of my skin tone, but for the right accessory, I can deal with almost anything.

Looking for the perfect white handbag for your wedding day? The Lanvin Silk-Satin Drawstring Pochette is the ideal fit!

Unlike the shoes from Lanvin Spring 2011, the handbags can’t necessarily be called a revelation. But that’s fine; Alber Elbaz has created an aesthetic so good at Lanvin that it doesn’t need any fixing, just a little tweak here and here to set us on a new course for a new season. Spring 2011′s bags have a little more structure than what we’ve seen from the brand in the past, but there’s still no mistaking them for anything but signature Lanvin.

What’s a man with a sense of style supposed to do for a carry-on? Often, men’s designer bags either skew too Ed Hardy or too feminine, and the task of finding one that’s luxurious, stylish and still a bit masculine is a bit more difficult than you think. Leather bags in particular seem too often to lean toward the womenswear side of the aisle, but not all men want to spend their luxury luggage dollars on nylon or canvas.

…I just didn’t manage to get there with them.

Feathers and satin and chain sound like a recipe for a whimsical evening bag, but the actual end product of the Lanvin Pouchette Oulouette Clutch isn’t as fantastical as it may sound. When carried on the shoulder, the feathers hang down the front of the body in sort of a sad, limp way, and the promise that they can be removed to make a necklace or belt doesn’t make me feel much better about how this bag was executed.

Megs and Vlad got back yesterday from a trip to the Bahamas, and I couldn’t be more jealous of them if I tried. I just got done moving, and there’s nothing I would love more than to spend a couple of days staring at the ocean in a rum punch stupor. Someone has to hold down the handbag fort, though, so here I am.

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