Having made its groundbreaking debut in the Spring/summer 2000 RTW collection designed by then Creative Director John Galliano, the “saddle” bag was an immediate hit. Seen dangling from the arms of celebs like Elle Macpherson, Beyonce, and SJP in the epochal series Sex in the City, the iconic silhouette resurfaces revitalized today, nearly 18 years after its original debut.

For Dior, this Autumn/Winter 2018-19 collection leveraged off of the burst of creativity manifested during 1968- an era when the rules of fashion were defied and redefined. In a search for authenticity and quest to shake off established codes, Maria Grazia Chiuri brings back the saddle bag which was originally inspired by a desire for freedom and the house’s heritage.

The cult bag constructed with references from the equestrian world alludes to the horse saddle decorated with a Gilt “D”. This iconic pieces gets revisited in monochrome leather, 70’s inspired patchwork with “peace and love Dior” inscriptions in oblique canvas and embellished with nine pieces of finely-beaded embroidery in bright and contrasting colors.  Crafted entirely by hand the revival of this timeless beauty features a new ethnic strap with fringing metal pieces leaving styling open to interpretation.

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