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Jeanne Lanvin founded the fashion house we know as Lanvin in 1889. In 2001, Alber Elbaz took over as artistic director and the house has never been the same since. His designs grace the red carpet and hang in fashionista's closets everywhere. Along with the gorgeous gowns, he incorporates cute "Little Miss Lanvin" illustrations on some cheeky t-shirts and sweaters. Now they're stepping into 3-D. Lanvin has partnered up with the porcelain company Franz to make "Little Miss Lanvin" dolls. Each season there will be 6 new limited edition porcelain dolls, with just 800 released. Priced at $345 each, they each come packaged in Lanvin's signature pale blue box. The idea is homage to Jeanne Lanvin's part in the post-war Theatre de la Mode show, in which French couturiers showcased their designs through miniature dolls, due to the lack of fabric. Spring '08 and Spring '09 dolls are out now, and the newest collection will be out soon. Check www.franzcollection.com to find out where you can buy them!
I have an addiction to pretty spring table stuff. Case in point: I was buying pieces before I even moved into my apartment. It was the middle of winter. I don't even cook. I have a problem. Click SEE SLIDESHOW for 10 of my favorite pretty spring plate picks. Incorporate a few new pieces here and there for the perfect place setting pick-me-up. Mix solids with patterns to add dimension to your table, and you can work with the pieces you already have! They're a worthwhile investment, even if the only action they get is a result of your Chinese takeout habit. But if you stop using them, send them to me. Don't even wash. Just mail now! Because I need them.