It’s been an upsetting and sad week at the Christian Dior offices. Creative director John Galliano was arrested at a French café on a variety of charges including anti-Semitism, which saw him swiftly suspended from his duties at Dior. Once video emerged of a second public neo-Nazi tirade, his ouster from the brand was just as decisive. Galliano’s Christian Dior Fall 2011 collection became an awkward and impromptu swan song, and the dark, moody lighting that might have looked cool under different circumstances just looked somber at the Rodin Museum in Paris.

Galliano likely had little to do with the collection’s handbags, though, and that’s what we’re here to discuss. At a house as big as Dior, accessories and shoes are largely handled by a separate department, and although the head designer has creative input into their development, they’re the work product of a set of people who toil largely in obscurity. And that’s what this Dior show did exceptionally well – at the end, the brand honored the people behind the scenes whose livelihoods and careers were thrown into tumult by Galliano’s cowardly words. If this set of lovely, luxurious bag is any indication, they were doing excellent work under a very troubled man.

Photos via Vogue.com.

  • edoardo

    It’s such a sad news the one about Galliano. However these bags are nothing new and sometimes they are relaly old, and at all not beautiful. SOmetimes they are a reinterpretation, or ebtetr a copy, of some past succesfull models….no I rewant Galliano and I want that DIor puts more attention in bags…

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • adrienne z

    don’t even show these if they are galiano’s. wipe the slate clean.

  • Mochababe73

    That red #1 and #5 are a beautiful shade. I love them!

    I’m sure that Galliano will bounce back. He was drunk, and alot of people do and say things that they wouldn’t otherwise if they were sober and in their right mind.

    • tadpolenyc

      being drunk is never an adequate excuse, and inebriation doesn’t force you to spew anti-semitic hate speech either. so while i agree with you that galliano wouldn’t have said those things under different circumstances, i’m not entirely positive i can be convinced that he didn’t mean them, which i believe is the more important issue here.

  • Chels K

    #3,5,10 — they all belong in my closet. Even #16, though I suspect it is way above my budget. Love these because they look practical and stylish.

  • bentos

    these bags aren’t soso nice. it lacks luxurious accent. i think after galliano has been fired, i think it should be best that the lvmh company can hire a better and more artistis designer. it wouldn’t be nice if the company will eat back what it spotted out. i mean in the fashion world, every act is a form of art and fashion. if you messed up, you’re out. we’re talking very high standard here, not a simple draw back with anything.

  • Lulugurl

    Like number 2! Its a fun spring colour

  • Stephanie

    Dior is so beautiful. Classy and trendy. I love the shapes and colors.

  • ninjaninja

    That green one is so delicious!

  • LDJ

    OMG!!!! I just had a pursegasm. Give me that red handbag in the first pic. And I’ll take pic #3 as well. :)

  • DJ

    Wow, I think they are dismal.

  • cathy tan

    not much of a dior bag addict…for the shoes and garments maybe yesss for that one, but the bags i think it’s very simple….

  • Krista

    Not too impressed.

  • Pam

    I like #4

  • Cathy Fitz

    The flap bags with the chain straps are lovely, the rest are not so.

  • 19yearslater

    I like the red color, but not the shape.

  • Nessa

    still in love with the lady dior…is it bad that I want to save up all of my first salary and buy me a lady dior???

    • jingga18

      you took the words right out of my mouth. Lady Dior is one classy bag, absolutely timeless.

  • Marianna

    I really like the collection, but I could do without the “furry” ones. I think my favorite is #1.

  • Angela

    As always, Dior bags look OLD

  • Dana

    absolutely love the red hobo!!

  • prayongkongdan

    I love Dior.