I spent a lot of years on our PurseForum before I officially joined the company, and during that time I saw hundreds, if not thousands, of bag lovers reference the divine smell of a new bag’s leather. Fashion is an experience that usually only involves one or two senses, but luxury leather has an instantly recognizable stink, and to love bags is to love that smell. With Dior Cuir Cannage Privée Perfume, you can now apply it directly to your person. (more…)

Here’s rapper Iggy Azalea, leaving dinner at Beverly Hills restaurant Crustacean with boyfriend Nick Young of the LA Lakers. She’s carrying a lavender Dior Addict Tote. This is a comparatively demure look for Iggy, and it’s world’s away from the outfits she wears on stage and on award show red carpets. It’s “weekday date night Iggy.”

Most people probably wouldn’t even recognize Iggy Azalea without her trademark ponytail pompadour hairstyle and bare midriff – though when you see someone carrying a Dior bag and hopping in to a six-figure ride with her NBA player boyfriend, it’s usually safe to assume they’ve attained some degree of celebrity. (Thanks, Kardashians!)

Not many handbags from world-famous fashion designers fly under the radar even a little bit. Because of the high margins and wide market for luxury accessories, brands push bags to the forefront of global marketing campaigns season after season; even if they fall short of creating an It Bag, those efforts still creative massive public awareness of their bags. Dior has taken a somewhat more measured approach to its pubic image since the advent of creative director Raf Simons, and in the process, remade the staid Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag into a work of art. (more…)

Air travel frequently calls for multiple carry-ons, which gives discerning handbag shoppers like Kate Upton ample opportunity to flaunt a few of their latest acquisitions. Here’s Ms. Upton arriving at the airport in NYC, carrying two bags: the little white croc-embossed one is a Rag & Bone Enfield Mini Shoulder Bag, and the big black one with intricate floral detailing is a Dior Bar Bag (named after the famous Dior bar-waist jackets). Dior doesn’t sell its bags online, of course, but you can pick up the Rag & Bone bag for $550 at Shopbop.

I enjoy how the random passersby in these pics all seem to be having the same epiphany at once: this person is far too attractive NOT to be a celebrity. (I’m sure the paparazzi cameras were also a big giveaway.) Kate was recently featured in our special, supermodels-only edition of our “Many Bags of” series, which you can find here. Her handbag collection isn’t quite big enough to merit her own “Many Bags” feature just yet, but that will certainly not be the case by this time next year.

Here’s Marion Cotillard in NYC, enjoying a milkshake from Shake Shack (something that everyone must have when visiting, IMO. Black and white is the best flavor.) and carrying a pastel blue Dior Miss Dior Mini Shoulder Bag. Not only is Marion Cotillard quintessentially French and therefore a perfect fit for the brand, but she’s had a long-running professional relationship with Dior. Marion has been the face of Dior’s Lady Dior campaign for several years now.

Marion is of course in town for the CDFAs, which took place Monday night. It was quite a headline-generating affair, what with Alexander Wang bringing Mango as his date (yes, the SNL character portrayed by Chris Kattan) and Rihanna showing up in a sparkly, completely transparent Adam Selman gown. (No one upstages Mango! No one!) Marion had the honor of presenting an award this year and wore a little lacey something by Dior just for the occasion, of course.

After a few seasons, it’s clear: Raf Simons is pretty good at this whole handbag thing, despite the fact that had limited experience with it before taking the reins at Dior, and certainly not on the broad level that such a brand requires. Dior’s Fall 2014 handbags are his best yet, with easy, luxury-minimal riffs on the Lady Dior and Diorissimo shapes that include everything from tweaked structures to blurry-striped crocodile. The bags are bold, modern and totally gorgeous.

What struck me most, though, is that the collection’s clutches are just as enticing as its day bags, which rarely happens at a brand as big as Dior. The simple envelope styles are accented with jeweled floral vines, which are just enough to make them feel like little pieces of hand-carried jewelry without detracting from the carefully executed minimalist shape. Everything going on here is totally excellent.

[Photos via Vogue.com]

Kimora Lee Simmons was recently spotted at LAX with an eye-catching, bright red Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag (and an unidentified gentleman friend). Dior bags aren’t sold online, of course, so if you like what you see, you should hustle in to a Dior store – find your nearest location at Dior.com. In the past few seasons, Dior has expanded the variety within some of its classic handbag lines, including the Lady Dior. We saw Princess Charlene of Monaco carry one to the Dior couture show in Paris around this same time last year.

If you’re curious about what’s up with Kimora, she is currently the Creative Director and President of JustFab, one of the myriad of personalized shopping websites that dazzles you with personalized style quizzes and leverages the results to get you to buy as many pairs of $40 shoes as humanly possible. JustFab recently merged with their rival site ShoeDazzle, but both sites will continue to operate independently. (More style quizzes for all!)

The bags of Dior Spring 2014 seem to have one very clear message: if you have the budget for exotics, Dior would like to talk to you about some handbags. If not, well, most of these bags will also come in regular leathers…but do you have any friends who have the money for crocodile? If so, can you give Dior their contact information? The brand would be much obliged. (more…)

Dior built a solid foundation for its accessories with Raf Simons’ ready-to-wear debut in Spring 2013, and for Dior Fall 2013, that design success only grows. Casual observers might question the choice to adorn many of the bags with midcentury Andy Warhol drawings of shoes, but fashion and art tend to make less-than-strange bedfellows as of late. From a marketing perspective, it’s a smart, not to mention stylish, move.

What’s really notable for us (and what will sell, of course) are the bags sans illustration, many of which expand on the idea of the Dior Bar Bag, which was new in the Spring 2013 collection. The bag now comes in a wider east-west shape, in addition to the north-south version we’ve already seen, as well as ostrich, crocodile and heavily beaded versions. The Dior Diorissimo Bags also continue to be a highlight, particularly in mirrored silver leather. Would you be brave enough to carry a Warhol-emblazoned version?

[Images via Vogue]

We’re huge fans of actress Jennifer Lawrence around the PurseBlog offices, and she’s having quite the year. The Hunger Games movie did great at the box office, she consistently chooses red carpet looks that are both beautiful and interesting, and, oh yeah, she won an Oscar last night for a movie in which she got to make out with Bradley Cooper; it’s just win after win for Ms. Lawrence. Somehow, she’s also managed to stay so frank and funny that we can’t even hate her for any of her good fortune. (more…)

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