A leadership change at one of the world’s preeminent accessories houses always brings with it plenty of expectations and intrigue, and now that Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first set of handbags for French powerhouse Dior are in stores, we can get a full sense for the tone she’s trying to set at the brand.

The most immediately notable thing about Chiuri’s Dior is it’s much less formal than that of predecessor Raf Simons. That’s clear in her all-new designs and new, less traditionally feminine logo hardware, but for Dior traditionalists, Chiuri’s casual bent probably makes itself clearest in the new Supple Lady Dior Bag. The classic Lady Dior is rigid, which adds to the bag’s formal feel, and softening it up a bit–both in lambskin and calf, depending on the design–makes it seem like a more versatile option that can fit in relatively easily with a weekend wardrobe.

Even longtime Dior fans who might be slower to warm to the brand’s updated logos and more casual new designs will likely appreciate the addition of casual options among the bag’s classics. Check out 50 of the new bags in stores now; for pricing information, contact your Dior boutique.

Dior Bee Pouch

Dior Bee Pouch

Dior Bee Pouch

Dior D-Bee Mini Saddle Bag

Dior D-Bee Mini Saddle Bag

Dior D-Bee Shopper Tote

Dior D-Bee Shopper Tote

Dior D-Bee Shopping Tote

Dior D-Fence Mini Saddle Bag

Dior D-Fence Mini Saddle Bag

Dior D-Fence Saddle Bag

Dior D-Fence Saddle Bag

Dior D-Fence Wallet on Chain Pouch

Dior Diorama Baby Pouch

Dior Diorama Bag

Dior Diorama Bag

Dior Diorama Bag

Dior Diorama Bag

Dior Diorama Diorama Wallet on Chain Pouch

Dior Diorama Wallet on Chain Pouch

Dior Flap Bag

Dior Flap Bag

Dior J’Adior Bag with Chain

Dior J’Adior Bag with Chain

Dior J’Adior Bag

Dior J’Adior Wallet on Chain Pouch

Dior J’Adior Wallet on Chain Pouch

Dior Lady Dior Wallet on Chain Pouch

Dior Lady Dior Wallet on Chain Pouch

Dior Pouch with Slot Handclasp

Dior Supple Lady Dior Bag

Dior Supple Lady Dior Bag

Dior Supple Lady Dior Bag

Dior Supple Lady Dior Bag

Dior Supple Lady Dior Bag

Dior Supple Lady Dior Bag in Lambskin

Dior Supple Lady Dior Bag in Calfskin

Dior Supple Lady Dior Bag in Calfskin

Dior Supple Lady Dior Bag in Lamsbkin

Dior Supple Mini Lady Dior Bag

Dior Supple Mini Lady Dior Bag

Dior Tarot Pouch

Dior Tarot Pouch

Dior Tarot Pouch

Dior Tarot Pouch

Dior Tarot Pouch

Dior Tarot Pouch

Dior Tarot Pouch

Dior Tarot Pouch

Dior Tarot Pouch

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Kate
Kate
5 years ago

Not sure why someone would turn to Dior for casual anything. That’s someone else’s niche. And isn’t Gucci already doing a bee motif? A lot of these are really derivative of what other designers are already going much better. These are terrible.

Yoshi1296
Yoshi1296
5 years ago
Reply to  Kate

Dior has used the Bee motif long before Gucci has. They just put it to rest but the new designer has brought it back along with the old Dior monogram.

Kate
Kate
5 years ago
Reply to  Yoshi1296

The new designer should have left it at rest, then, not revived it when someone else has taken ownership of it. It’s one thing to go into the brand’s archives and find inspiration for something with artistic merit, quite another to go into the archive and revive bad ideas and create a derivative mess. “We did it first” is not a good argument when someone else has used the motif so prominently in recent seasons, and is doing it better than your sad little attempt. Dior has been around for decades. It’s a bit pathetic that in all the many, many ideas in its archives, Chiuri looked at the bee and thought, “Hey, Gucci is famously splashing this motif all over its designs lately. I’ll pick this out and re-use it like a dirty shoe.” There is no excuse for this sort of artistic laziness.

Yoshi1296
Yoshi1296
5 years ago
Reply to  Kate

How is it artistic laziness to reference back to something so iconic for a brand? That’s like saying Louis Vuitton should drop the monogram because other designers started making their own mono prints. They created it, so they should roll with it. If someone stole your car, are you just gonna cry boohoo and buy a new one? NO! You’re gonna go and try to get it back. If Maria didn’t reference the codes of Dior, she would’ve had herself escorted out of the Dior Atelier for good. She’s doing a playful and fun version of Dior. A lot of people think Raf Simons was the true Dior designer, but in reality I think Maria hit the nail on the head with what Dior himself, Galliano, and Ferre did for the brand. If anything, Maria’s work is a more lowkey version of what Galliano did. She accurately referenced all the Dior codes beautifully, if you don’t like it then I don’t think Dior is a right brand for you, the codes have been utilized in the same manner as the rest of the designers have.

Laurie kucic
Laurie kucic
5 years ago
Reply to  Yoshi1296

Agree 100%

Truvey Taylor
Truvey Taylor
5 years ago
Reply to  Kate

These could be deemed as direct knock off’s of Gucci. They’re not even subtle.

TheModMazza
TheModMazza
5 years ago

The Bee bags look like Gucci, the J’adore bags look like Moschino, and the Tarot bags look like Olympia Le Tan. While, the Supple Lady Dior just has the structure of a well-loved vintage Lady Dior. There is nothing original, or even remotely Dior, about this collection. Such a complete and utter disaster.

Harini
Harini
5 years ago
Reply to  TheModMazza

totally agree! but the prices are crazy!

Sparky
Sparky
5 years ago
Reply to  TheModMazza

Totally agree!! I like the studded Diorammas (14,15,15, 20) but most of the others look like fakes. The new Dior logo typeface is HORRIBLE. Terribly disappointing collection and direction.

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
5 years ago
Reply to  TheModMazza

Yes!!! You said exactly what I was thinking. This line is a horror! Where is my beloved Dior????

Dave
Dave
5 years ago
Reply to  TheModMazza

The bee has been used by Dior Homme long time ago. Before Gucci used it.

Vicky
Vicky
5 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Let’s say they market it too late and people already associate that bee with something else.

Kate
Kate
5 years ago
Reply to  TheModMazza

Yes to this entire comment. Hits the nail in the head.

Gigi
Gigi
5 years ago

These Tarot Pouches are gorgeous!

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
5 years ago
Reply to  Gigi

The tarot pouches are interesting. But they don’t say Dior. There is no design. Just these images on a rectangle.

Gigi
Gigi
5 years ago
Reply to  Sparkletastic

I’m not even a Dior fan, so that’s probably why I like them

Harini
Harini
5 years ago
Reply to  Gigi

agree! if you are not a fan of the brand, there is a chance you might like the new designs, the issue is Dior is a brand of elegance and that is what is missing in the new designs.

lola
lola
5 years ago

The bee thing is coming from the Dior Homme line but it looks like Gucci.
I only like the DiorRama. It looks less precious…

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
5 years ago

All I see are interpretations of other bags. The Supply bag looks like a Lady Dior after five years of use. The Lady wasn’t meant to have that soft, slouchy look. Be it clothes, bags, or accessories, casual is not what comes to mind when one thinks of Dior.

Anna
Anna
5 years ago

The Dior D Bee shopper tote looks so cheap! I can’t believe how bad this has gotten.

A
A
5 years ago

Raf Simons really did a good job of reviving Dior. I wasn’t checking for Dior for years before he introduced the Diorama and Diorever bags and the new sizes of the Lady dior bags with different straps (i.e., leather or chain). Dior is known for elegance and these bags look like knock off Gucci bags. She needs to be fired asap.;

Lala
Lala
5 years ago

I’m loving the Dioramas. The rest not so much.

alice
alice
5 years ago

Maria Grazia has great taste. Dior is going to change level thanks to her. Italians do it better.

Doni
Doni
5 years ago

I am shocked at the copies of Michele’s designs for Gucci… They are so literal it is astonishing. Plus they look cheap. Zara does better than this… Gucci could easily sue for this…

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