Dior built a solid foundation for its accessories with Raf Simons’ ready-to-wear debut in Spring 2013, and for Dior Fall 2013, that design success only grows. Casual observers might question the choice to adorn many of the bags with midcentury Andy Warhol drawings of shoes, but fashion and art tend to make less-than-strange bedfellows as of late. From a marketing perspective, it’s a smart, not to mention stylish, move.
Christian Dior Handbags and Purses
We’re huge fans of actress Jennifer Lawrence around the PurseBlog offices, and she’s having quite the year. The Hunger Games movie did great at the box office, she consistently chooses red carpet looks that are both beautiful and interesting, and, oh yeah, she won an Oscar last night for a movie in which she got to make out with Bradley Cooper; it’s just win after win for Ms.
Pre-teen starlets! They turn into teen starlets so fast. Here’s 15 year old Chloe Moretz, looking all kinds of adorable in Paris on her way to the Dior Haute Couture show. She’s carrying what we’ve dubbed the Dior Spring 2013 Runway Tote (its formal name has yet to be announced). That a 15-year-old actress has this bag is a tad envy-inducing – it’s one of the first original bag designs that Raf Simons debuted in his Dior Spring 2013 runway show last fall.
Here’s the ever-elegant Princess Charlene of Monaco on her way in to the Dior Haute Couture show in Paris over the weekend. You’ll notice, of course, that the princess is carrying a black quilted Dior Lady Dior Tote. Dior doesn’t sell its bags online anymore, but you can browse the many variations of the Lady Dior (mink, python, and croc, oh my!) and find out where to buy one in-store at Dior.com
In the music world, wearing a band tee to see that same band is considered super lame, but in the fashion world, you should absolutely carry a Dior bag to a Dior runway show.
The fashion industry has been waiting with baited breath for months to see what Raf Simons would do in his historic first collection for Dior. The Belgian wunderkind has a penchant for minimalism and is known for his modern, forward-thinking approach, which many speculated would be difficult to reconcile with Dior’s midcentury heritage and strongly feminine identity. As it turns out, Raf did a pretty bang-up job.
Have you been following along with the endless rumors about who is or who is not going to be replacing John Galliano at Dior? I have, partly because it’s my job and partly because I love a good, public mess, and it would seem that LVMH is no closer to naming a successor than it was the day it dismissed Galliano over his anti-Semitic verbal attacks against patrons at a Paris café.
Fresh on the tail of her Black Swan costar and longtime Dior spokesperson Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis has been tapped to front the Christian Dior Spring 2012 ad campaign. Her first set of shots for the company features a group of products that is very relevant to our interests – handbags!
More specifically, these three shots include the Miss Dior handbag line in Mila’s lovely grasp, which has long been my favorite of Dior’s classic accessories collections.
Images via WWD
Women’s Wear Daily has announced that Christian Dior will team up with Berlin contemporary art star Anselm Reyle for a line of accessories, handbags and makeup just in time for Miami’s Art Basel. I’m pretty sure that it cost me a hundred bucks just to write that sentence. In all seriousness, though, perhaps Reyle’s thoroughly modern take on these bags and small leather goods is an indication that LVMH is done being so precious with the Dior aesthetic?
Images via Vogue.com
Excuse me while I echo the sentiments about the Dior Spring 2012 collection that have already been expressed by everyone else in the fashion industry: It’s kind of a placeholder, yes? Months have passed and Dior still doesn’t have a replacement for John Galliano, so the collection is being designed by what the French call “le studio.” Bill Gaytten, long Galliano’s right-hand man, has taken the reins, along with the rest of the Dior creative team.
While none of us know for certain where Dior is headed, if the snaps that have come out of the Dior Resort 2012 handbags are any indication, accessories addicts don’t have much to worry about. During recent years, John Galliano’s Dior gave us season after season of mediocre accessories, never quite recreating the success that the brand had with the Saddle Bag years ago.