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.
What we care about, of course, are the handbags from Dior Spring 2013. Raf’s team succeeded there as well – the bags were familiar, but not as overly-complicated as they tended to be during John Galliano’s tenure at the storied French house. On the Lady Dior bags, for example, all of the hardware was covered in the same material as the bag, slightly modernizing a brand favorite. A new, sleek north-south satchel featured a tucked-in waist of sorts, reflective of the New Look silhouette that made Dior famous. Check out the full collection after the jump.