I can’t remember the last time I was excited for a Dior bag collection, but ladies (and gents), I’m excited about Christian Dior Spring 2011. Perhaps it’s because John Galliano stepped away from the patrician well that he had been mining for the past year or two, or maybe it’s just the residual effect of staring at so many bright colors over the past week, but it seems to me that Dior finally has turned the page on the bland, predictable bags that we’ve seen from the Parisian label in recent seasons.

Spring 2011’s bags mark a return to exuberance and spirit that had been lacking lately, and Galliano managed to put even the unchanged leather Lady Dior bags in a new context with this florid, tropical collection. The multicolored fringe crossbodies likely won’t be a huge hit with Dior’s traditional customers, but the look found its sweet spot in colorful, perspective-changing takes on old favorites like the Dior 3D and the aforementioned Lady Diors. If this collection serves as any sort of indication of the future, bag lovers have much to anticipate.

Photos via Style.com.

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