Alber Plays With Dolls

Usually, when we can't afford a favorite designer, we wait for their diffusion line. But Alber Elbaz has a different alternative for budget-conscious
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Usually, when we can't afford a favorite designer, we wait for their diffusion line. But Alber Elbaz has a different alternative for budget-conscious
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Usually, when we can't afford a favorite designer, we wait for their diffusion line. But Alber Elbaz has a different alternative for budget-conscious Lanvin lovers: He's made them miniature, hand-painted porcelain dolls wearing the collection’s signature looks. But are they really that much cheaper than Lanvin's clothes? WWD reports the limited edition dolls cost $345 each—not exactly the price of your average American Girl ($87). The elegant dolls certainly have a cool factor that Felicity and Addy don’t. They’ll add a bit of eccentricity to your apartment décor, and give you a small piece of the Lanvin dynasty. But photos of them haven't been released yet, and we worry they'll look creepy - or like Bob Mackie Barbie! Instead, we see an easy way to have the best of both worlds: Order a kitschy Madame Alexander fashion doll ($95), and save the rest of the money for these Lanvin sandals ($170). --NATALIE MATTHEWS