It’s not even unofficially fall yet, but still, winter is coming. If you focus on the winter handbags, that doesn’t seem like such an ominous promise, and thankfully, Dior is here today with its Winter 2016 handbag lookbook to remind us that cold weather isn’t all bad.
In many ways, Dior was my big introduction to high-end beauty products. When I was a kid, I fell in love with the brand’s Hypnotic Poison perfume while browsing my mom’s fashion magazines, and once I was old enough to afford my own fancy makeup, I’d drive myself the hour and a half back to Atlanta from my college town to visit the Dior beauty counter at my favorite mall.
The Dior Runway Bag was the first big accessory debut of the post-Raf Simons era at Dior (on the runway, as the name would suggest), and I was, admittedly, a little suspicious of it. That was at least partly because of my immense affection for the bags created during Simons’s tenure at the legendary French design house and sadness over his voluntary departure, but it was also motivated by the bag’s proportions and how out of place it seemed with current trends.
Last week was a busy one for Dior. Not only did the brand debut its Fall 2016 couture collection in Paris, but it named Maria Grazia Chiuri its seventh-ever (and first female!) creative director, poaching half of Valentino’s uber-successful design duo.
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.
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.
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.
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.