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Mini bags have been in the handbag spotlight for almost two years now, and we’re predicting that the handbag spectrum may be starting to sway toward the comeback of colossal bags soon. Just as I was ready to forgo the mini bag trend forever (I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought they were skipping it), Dior may be giving us all a reason to appreciate its beauty.

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When you look at celebrity snapshots as often as I do, you sometimes get the impression that you’re doing something wrong. You could be brunching better. You could experiment a lot more with your fashion choices.

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By the looks of it, Dior had quite the front row for its Cruise 2017 show at Blenheim Castle in the English countryside. Not only did attendees include actresses, models, rock royalty and actual royalty from across the globe, but basically all of them also joined the brand for a big after-party at tony Loulou’s Members Club in London later in the evening.

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At the moment, Dior is in a holding pattern. Spring 2016 was Raf Simons’s last season as the brand’s creative director and parent company LVMH has yet to name his replacement; there was a similar gap between Simons’s appointment and the ouster of predecessor John Galliano.

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If you’re not done mourning Raf Simson’ decision to leave Dior (I’m not, still, and I might never be), take heart: there’s still a little opportunity to nab one of the handbags created during the designer’s reign.

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While some brands rely on churning out what seems like hundreds of different designs each season, Dior sticks to quality over quantity. Over the past seveal years, Dior has slowly but surely created some of its most sought-after bags, including the Diorama Bag, Be Dior Bag and Dune Bag.

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Interim studio design teams, like the one leading Dior until the brand decides on a replacement following Raf Simons’ departure, are in a precarious position. They’re charged with keeping the house running and keeping customers interested, but they can’t do anything too audacious or interesting, lest costumers get irritated when a new creative director arrives and the slate is wiped clean.

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As we reported back in October, Raf Simons has left Dior; his Spring 2016 collection was the last as the brand’s short-lived but wildly successful creative director. Dior hasn’t named a replacement yet, and until the brand does, collections will keep coming, but they’ll be designed by the company’s in-house team.

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If you’re trying to get a piece of Raf Simons’s Dior before the celebrated designer’s successor takes the reigns at the stores French house, your second-to-last opportunity has arrived. Dior Cruise 2016 (which we first gave you a peek at several months ago) is arriving in boutiques now, and we have photos of more than 30 of the collection’s bags.

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First Chanel moved into online sales with its sunglasses, and following in its footsteps is Dior, one of the last premier-luxury brands to hold out on e-commerce. In a world where shopping online has become many consumers’ preferred method, it was only a matter of time before Dior took the plunge.

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By now, you’ve likely all heard that Raf Simons has chosen to step down from his creative director spot at Dior, and while LVMH will undoubtedly find a talented and worthy replacement, I’ve been thinking a lot over the past week about how much I’ll miss the brand of cutting-edge femininity he brought to Dior’s hallowed iconography, and to the bags in particular.

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If you’ve been as fond of Dior‘s handbags as we’ve been lately, we have some unfortunate news to share this morning. Raf Simons, Dior’s much-lauded creative director of 3.5 years, has decided not to renew his contract with LVMH, the brand’s parent company, according to an announcement made yesterday in Paris.

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