An instantly recognisable design, artisanal make, and universal lust-worthiness (everybody covets it). Together with Dior, Female spotlights the label’s latest that bring a youthful effortlessness to the term.
A long-standing It bag, well loved for its structured box shape, woven Cannage texture and all-round elegance. (No wonder the original version’s named Iconic.) True to her feminine-yet-cool spirit, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s also introduced the Soft rendition, which slouches slightly, thanks to a new stitching.
Lady Dior Soft in crinkled calfskin and metal studs (far left) and glazed calfskin
Debuted in Fall ’17, its most striking feature is its metal clasp inspired by that on vintage trunks, and a small version of the brassy logo hardware seen on the Dio(r)evolution. The equally hip shapes: a flap bag, briefcase-like top handle, and a petite box dubbed a shoulder case, with the medium flap bag boasting a Navajo-esque strap that can be used with other styles.
Dior Addict calfskin shoulder case (top), and medium lambskin flap bag with Bohemian cotton jacquard strap and metal embellishments
Its bold, street-influenced metal logo made everyone sit up when it was introduced as part of Grazia Chiuri’s S/S ’17 debut. A refreshingly cool take on a classic ladylike handbag, it now also comes in glossy crinkled calfskin – the result of tumble drying the leather – that ups the edge.
Dio(r)evolution flap bags in smooth (left) and crinkled calfskin
Another Fall ’17 debut, this envelope-style shoulder handbag boasts a playful turnlock clasp from the archives that spells “CD” (for Christian Dior) in 3-D when closed – and plenty of ’70s sophistication.
C’est Dior flap bags in lambskin (top), and ponyhair and calfskin with metal chain strap
Photography Vee Chin Styling Adeline Eng
This story first appeared in Female’s July 2017 issue.