Lanvin isn't exactly a go-to designer when it comes to handbags, but every once in a while something magical happens. Alber Elbaz surprises us with a fresh design that manages to marry luxury and whimsy, like only Lanvin can. Take the Sweet Dora bag, for instance. Nothing quite says elegance like a noir python skin shoulder bag with a leather-entwined chain strap, but this bag is far from boring. The closure mechanism is something that I implore you to see in person. It's like jewelry for your bag. I've always been an advocate of tortoise shell, but it looks particularly fetching against such a rich black hue. Pair this statement bag with everything from the simplest black dress to an ornate tribal print. The python Sweet Dora bag is available at Barneys for $2590. There's also a metallic lambskin clutch iteration, which retails for $1990.