I agree with you- the whole look and vibe changed dramatically with the Vivienne character. My Groom and trunks and Downton Abbey/Edwardian people animation pieces are my most cherished. I wish they would bring back these heritage inspired graphics.I deeply hate the style of the artworks. When they first started with drawing on the canvas for seasonal pieces more than 15 years ago, the style was very different. Just think about the Groom Collection. Those drawings had a hand-drawn style and looked like something that an artisan could do by hand. These are now very sterile, it screams that all the lines are computer generated and computer painted.
+1: the Épi Sirius (or Porte Documents Voyage) that the bear is having in the car hasn't been available for years, since Vuitton is bleeding out the core collection.
But we cannot help ourselves (me included) when it comes to these fun little SLGs when the holidays roll around!