Congratulations on your first Lady Dior!!! 1) + 2) The opening of the Lady Dior will soften over time so that it will be much easier to access your purse contents. As for a wallet, it may be helpful to remove some of the cards and bills that you don't need so that the wallet won't be as thick. This is good for the wallet as well. If you can't remove some cards, then I suggest that you use a card holder wallet and a coin purse, so you essentially have two wallets instead of one. 3) There is a seasonal violet colour. But it's not limited edition; it will only be manufactured for this season. I think it is for Pre-Fall or Fall 2012. 4) I would order the orange. From what I read earlier, the current tri-colour Lady Diors are pastels. The orange is also stunning! It really brings life to an outfit.