Welcome to Dior Fall 2018 and the return of the Dior Saddle Bag. But first Dior takes us back to 1968.
1968. Fifty years ago. A tough time for the United States – with the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights, riots at the Democratic National Convention, the antiwar movement and more. The title of a book (1968: The Year that Rocked the World) that is now the subject of book clubs and community reads.
1968. The inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior Fall 2018 collection. Creativity, individuality, new ideas, reinvention… those are themes on which Chiuri relied. The show statement quotes fashion icon Diana Vreeland as an inspiration:
“The sixties were about personalities. It was the first time when mannequins became personalities. It was a time of great goals, an inventive time . . . and these girls invented themselves.”
Guests at the show were greeted with reminders of human rights, women’s rights… much like the movements of those days.
Funnily enough, though, when it came to the 2018 bags, reinvention and resurrection prevailed.
Welcome the return of the 2000s popular sac – the Dior saddle bag. Around 2003, then Dior designer John Galliano created this popular bag, a version of which is included in the collection at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chiuri now reimagines the saddle bag in leather, tapestry, patchwork, beads and more.
The obsession with logos continued… in all shapes of bags.
And cross my heart, cross-body is all the rage. Decorated thick guitar straps attached to all types of bags.
Is this your kind of nostalgia? Perhaps you have an original Dior saddle in your closet awaiting resurrection. Let us know.
Updated: March 6th, 2018