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.
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.
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.
Raf Simons’ tenure at Dior has been a godsend for the brand’s accessories department. The designer’s handbag team churns out interesting pieces left and right, both new shapes and inventive takes on old favorites. The Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag is probably the oldest of these favorites, and it has a relatively new, modern competitor: the Christian Dior Diorissimo Bag.