I know, I know, casual chic sounds so cliche. And it is. But I use it for this bag because it describes the Lanvin Relex Shopping Sac ideally. We have become accustomed to seeing Lanvin add flowers or bows, but this bag is entirely void of both. And while it may be void of these two accessories, the overall allure of the bag is its casual wearability.

Lanvin is a brand you are going to dish out more money for. But the product shows the attention to detail and luxury materials. I have felt the leather they use for many of their bags… divine. If this lambskin shopping tote is remotely as soft as it looks in pictures, it will be one of those bags you will not want to take your hands off. (more…)

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? Boo, hiss, I know, bad joke. (more…)

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. Do you want to look like someone mistakenly draped you in tinsel? No, you don’t.

My advice would be to dress how you would to a normal cocktail occasion but incorporate one accessory in a season-appropriate color, and if I had an unlimited budget, the Lanvin Jeweled Nyota Shoulder Bag would be my red bag of choice for this year’s party rounds and beyond. (more…)

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. But don’t do so without being prepared for the task that you’re about to face. Luckily for you, we have some tips for coming away with exactly the pieces you want (and maybe a few that you’re undecided about). (more…)

Really Lanvin, really? We constantly share our Lanvin love on PurseBlog, since we have so much of it. Every design house decides to do something a little cooky from time to time and this is Lanvin’s flop. The Lanvin Flowered Denim Tote looks like nothing more than a take home art project. (more…)

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. Luckily, the Lanvin Pillow Shopper is exactly the right accessory.

A good bag or piece of clothing can make even an odd color choice seem brilliant, and the ubersoft lambskin for which Lanvin is so well known takes this bag to the next level. My only regret is that I can’t reach through the screen to touch it – I hope someone at Apple is working on that, Steve Jobs. Make sure to notify me when there’s an app for that. (more…)

This past weekend I headed up to Rhode Island with my family for a little weekend getaway. My new favorite place in the world (which changes frequently) is Newport, Rhode Island. Nestled along the water on Aquidneck Island is this little slice of heaven; with quaint shops, good eats, the ocean, and a long road filled with the jaw-dropping mansions. I want to move to Newport, live in a cottage, and sit on the beach watching the waves break on the rocks every night.

While we were there, we saw 4 wedding parties. One wedding party had stopped their trolley by the side of the ocean to take photos with a backdrop that I am entirely envious of. I want to get married again (to the same man), I suppose I call it renewing our vows? And when I do this, I want to do it in Newport. That means I need a new white handbag. And the Lanvin Silk-Satin Drawstring Pochette is the ideal bride’s bag for her wedding day. (more…)

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.

The newly stiff lines in some of the collection’s small shoulder bags are very much in keeping with the ladylike, smaller-scale trends that have reinvigorated accessories recently. The creamy neutrals and weathered brass hardware leave no question about from whence these bags, came, however, and Lanvin has carved out a nice spot for itself within the trend. For those who prefer a bit of a softer silhouette, larger and less sturdy bags were also seen. The standouts, though, were the egg-shaped clutches that closed the collection, adorned with yards of mismatched chain that served as the ultimate neo-vintage handle. As with many of Lanvin’s best evening bags, they were jewelry and clutch, all in one. (more…)

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.

Enter the Lanvin Military Duffle Bag. This design strikes the perfect balance between macho and high-end, and the details are just “Lanvin” enough to be distinctive without looking like a woman should be carrying it. (more…)

…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. (more…)

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