Monogrammed bags aren’t the only trend that’s making a comeback this season. The Dior Saddle Bag is officially back, bigger than ever, so now might be a good time to start looking at the back of your closet to find your suddenly-cool-again vintage purse.
If there’s an It-bag that ruled our teenage years in the 2000’s, it’s got the be the Dior Saddle. Every girl lusted after the kidney-shaped pursed that featured a swinging ‘D’ charm; its status as a cult favourite was further solidified when it appeared as arm candy of celebrities like Beyoncé, Paris Hilton, Mischa Barton, Elle Macpherson and of course, Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City.
The iconic Saddle Bag first made its debut in Dior’s Spring/Summer 2000 ready-to-wear show. Designed in 1999 by then-creative director John Galliano, the bag was a reference to the world of equestrianism, with a form alluding to a horse saddle. Since then, there have been many iterations of the design, before it finally took its leave from the runways in 2007. This year though, Maria Grazia Chiuri officially brought the Saddle Bag back in Dior’s Fall/Winter 2018 ready-t0-wear show in Paris, where the bags were revisited in monochrome leather, Dior’s Oblique jacquard canvas and fine-beaded embroidery.
The main difference: Before, the bags only came short-strapped and were to be worn tight around the armpit. The 2018 reiterations can be worn cross-body, with various detachable straps sold separately.
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