Fashion and film have many things in common, but one aspect might just be the most influential...they both work as time capsules for humanity. Every bit of fashion and film has a detail about them that is representative of their time and can be pulled up multiple times throughout history to marvel over.
And that sure seems to be the idea behind Dior's idea of bringing back the iconic saddle bag for their Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 Ready-To-Wear collection.
Having first made its debut in their Spring-Summer 2000 Ready-To-Wear Collection, the style was designed in 1999 by John Galliano (then creative director of Dior). The design is an ode to the equestrian world, with the shape imitating a horse saddle with a gilt 'D'.
The bag became an immediate cult accessory! The 'Saddle' was further sensationalised by numerous artists and celebrities including Beyoncé, Elle Macpherson and Sarah Jessica Parker in the series 'Sex And The City'.
Now, for the millennial generation, the bag has reincarnated in two formats, first, a monochrome leather in a 1950s-inspired patchwork detail. This is engraved with the phrase 'Peace And Love Dior', to capture the essence of this influential brand.
The second is in an oblique canvas embellished with nine pieces of finely-beaded embroidery. the bag is resplendent with its handmade design and contrasting colours. The new ethnic strap, with its fringing and metal pieces, makes it a great crossbody bag for the independent woman on the go!
A key piece in the collection is the Scarlet calfskin Saddle Bag. Made out of rich leather and finished with divine craftsmanship, this bag is a timeless beauty.
Talking about the collection, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri said, "I thought this collection would be an opportunity to revive its timeless beauty. I consider this icon of the house’s recent history the perfect accessory to deal with this battle that is daily life. Indeed, the saddle bag is a bag that is worn in exactly the same way as a shirt or jacket, and it’s so comfortable to wear with its long strap that you almost forget it’s there. The saddle bag is also practical because it allows you to carry everything you need with you. It’s for this reason that I wanted it larger and more robust, but also very colourful, embroidered or with beaded fringe because, like a chameleon, it adapts to all situations.”
Are you excited to try on this classic trend?
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