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.
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.
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.
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.