Inspired by feminist art and the beauty of Mexico, Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri created a runway in the heart of Mexico City. Staged at the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, where famed artist Frida Kahlo studied, the collection featured the artistry of the region. And, of course, it also paid homage to Kahlo herself.
As explained by Dior,
The emblematic figure of Frida Kahlo continues to offer a powerful connection to this culture, celebrated at the heart of the Dior cruise 2024 collection. The Mexican artist transcended her body through her clothes, which became representation, proclamation, protest, and affirmation. Like a precious jewel case for a broken body, a cocoon-case concealing a butterfly meta-morphed into a motif unfolding in multiple shades and forms, through a series of prints. Moths also come to life on the silhouettes, based on a sketch by Andrée Brossin de Méré from the Dior archives. Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by photographs of Frida Kahlo bending the rules of gender boundaries. . . For this new line, unveiled in Mexico City, Maria Grazia Chiuri has once again forged strong ties with local artisans who have excelled. . .
Naturally, the local artistry carried over from fashion to handbags. Classic bag styles like the Book Tote and Saddle were embellished with original embroidery and leather tooling. Butterflies – a theme for Kahlo and now Chiuri – freely decorated and inspired creations.
Notice how the etched leather includes colors, defining the floral themes. In some respects, both the tooled leather, appliqués, and embroidery are reminiscent of the bohemian theme Dior followed in its spring 2021 collection.
A toile du Jouy featured Mexican flora and fauna with parrots, monkeys and strelitzias, taking cues from Kahlo’s artwork. Seen on a full-bodied skirt, it’s easy to imagine a Book Tote or Lady D-lite in this fabrication.
Beyond Book Totes and Saddle Bags, Dior presented other options, if not entirely new. Seen were open top totes and bucket bags, some carried by handles others by shoulder strap. It’s unclear whether a singular bag has both options, or if you must choose. And naturally, there were ladylike styles such as the ever-popular Lady Dior.
Consider these variations on a theme, perhaps the Book Tote. One resembles the north-south version, albeit with hardware and Cruise 2024 decoration. The other’s shape is somewhat trapezoidal. In other words, not the traditional Book Tote.
While many of the bags are bright and colorful, anyone looking for more subdued hues will be satisfied. Indeed, many of the ensembles were black and/or white. Take a look below at some of the other bags spied on Dior’s Cruise 2024 Runway. And, of course, let us know which, if, any will be on your wishlists.
And then, there’s the one that we can’t quite figure out. Could it be a butterfly-shaped bag. We’ll keep you posted as clearer images emerge.
Updated: May 24th, 2023