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.


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.


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.


Let’s get this out of the way up top: the bag that made the biggest debut on the Dior Spring 2016 runway is going to remind you of the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour in certain ways, which, in turn, already reminds many of you (and me) of the Hermès Birkin.


Of all the major European luxury houses, Christian Dior‘s status in the handbag world has arguably risen the most over the past few seasons, and that means we (and many of you) look forward to a new line from the brand more than we ever have before.


Back when we first got a glimpse at Christian Dior’s Fall 2015 runway bags, many of you noticed a new flap bag in the hands of a few models. The new design is the Christian Dior Dune Bag, and now that the collection has started trickling into stores, we have the pleasure of formally introducing the Dune.


Rihanna is the new face of the Christian Dior Diorama Bag, so it’s not surprising that she’s been caught carrying a couple variations of the design over the past six months–it’s part of the job. Lately, though, she’s stuck on a particular light pink version, and it’s not particularly difficult to see why.


Raf Simons’ tenure at Christian Dior has helped push the brand back into the fashion limelight, and Dior’s handbags have benefited from that quite a bit. The line has expanded a lot recently, but the Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag, one of the brand’s most classic styles still has a lot to offer for handbag customers.


Pre-Fall 2015 shows seem like an extremely distant memory, but now that the bags are available in stores, its time to revisit them. Dior had never staged a pre-fall show in the past, but for its first one, the brand went all-out, flying the collection to Tokyo to court Japanese consumers and press attention alike.

Dior Grand Sac Diorissimo in Plum

Dior bags get better and better with every season, and after announcing Rihanna as the face of its most recent accessories campaign, the brand’s bag profile is even higher.

One thing I love about Dior is they have eight major bag designs that they stick to and offer lots of options for each style.