Before anyone even thinks about calling the Lanvin Invader Frame Bag a "granny bag", let me take a moment to point out the ways in which it is, in fact, a timeless example of handbag design. First up is the gorgeous khaki matte leather exterior. Its sumptuous nature is evident even from the web site's puny pics. Next is the classic framed top. Is there any other handbag silhouette more sophisticated and eternal than a framed bag? Of course not. Now we arrive to my favorite part of the Invader Bag - the modern yet totally retro Lucite/gold-tone metal clasp closure. This sleek design element is the bag's pièce de résistance.
This isn't a terribly large bag measuring 10 x 12 x 3.5 and it's only meant to be carried by hand or on the crook of the arm, but I could picture myself wearing it on so many occasions that it would never collect dust in my closet. Women like Olivia Palermo or Nina Garcia would be ideal owners of the Invader Bag. It's the perfect compliment for a classic, youthful beauty or an older, elegant woman with an eye for fashion. In either case, this design, without all the chains, pearls and bows we've seen from Lanvin lately, is a creation which could never be accused of being a "granny bag". Agreed?
Lanvin Invader Frame Bag available for $2135 via BarneysNY