Hart of Dixie star Jaime King was recently spotted out and about in the East Village, looking perfectly casual and carrying an extremely wee Christian Dior Lady Dior Mini Bag. Our powers of purse premonition are telling us that Dior is about to have a huge handbag moment, and celebrity fandom is, of course, always an integral part of making that happen.
Christian Dior Handbags and Purses
In Raf Simons’ relatively short time at the helm of Christian Dior, the brand’s handbags have been resurgent; where Simons’ predecessor, John Galliano, was happy to adorn and re-adorn Dior’s classic shapes toward the end of his tenure, Simons has gone about reinventing them with new details, introducing a handful of completely new lines in the process.
Brand blogs can be a little dry and sales-y, but some designers and retailers do a much better job than others of offering insight, news and behind-the-scenes peeks into the fashion world. Bergdorf Goodman’s blog, 5th/58th, has long been one of the industry’s best and one of our personal favorites, but even we were blown away by the beautiful photo series that BG recently published, which details the intricate process of assembling a Christian Dior bag.
I spent a lot of years on our PurseForum before I officially joined the company, and during that time I saw hundreds, if not thousands, of bag lovers reference the divine smell of a new bag’s leather. Fashion is an experience that usually only involves one or two senses, but luxury leather has an instantly recognizable stink, and to love bags is to love that smell.
Here’s rapper Iggy Azalea, leaving dinner at Beverly Hills restaurant Crustacean with boyfriend Nick Young of the LA Lakers. She’s carrying a lavender Dior Addict Tote. This is a comparatively demure look for Iggy, and it’s world’s away from the outfits she wears on stage and on award show red carpets.
Not many handbags from world-famous fashion designers fly under the radar even a little bit. Because of the high margins and wide market for luxury accessories, brands push bags to the forefront of global marketing campaigns season after season; even if they fall short of creating an It Bag, those efforts still creative massive public awareness of their bags.
Air travel frequently calls for multiple carry-ons, which gives discerning handbag shoppers like Kate Upton ample opportunity to flaunt a few of their latest acquisitions. Here’s Ms. Upton arriving at the airport in NYC, carrying two bags: the little white croc-embossed one is a Rag & Bone Enfield Mini Shoulder Bag, and the big black one with intricate floral detailing is a Dior Bar Bag (named after the famous Dior bar-waist jackets).
Here’s Marion Cotillard in NYC, enjoying a milkshake from Shake Shack (something that everyone must have when visiting, IMO. Black and white is the best flavor.) and carrying a pastel blue Dior Miss Dior Mini Shoulder Bag. Not only is Marion Cotillard quintessentially French and therefore a perfect fit for the brand, but she’s had a long-running professional relationship with Dior.