FALL’S ULTIMATE COMEBACK: DIOR’S SADDLE
Like (almost) everything in the ’00s, the queen bee of the decade’s It bags is back.
This equestrian-inspired shoulder bag with its trademark “D” charm was a poster child of the early 2000s It Bag movement, carried by then It girls like Paris Hilton and immortalised on Sex and the City (Carrie brought along a silk printed version for her second date with Aidan). Created by John Galliano for the brand’s risque, bordello-themed S/S ’00 collection, it alone reportedly drove accessories sales up by 60 per cent, but – like most of the women who helped make it famous – remained a thing of that era. Enter current artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri with her knack for making archival reboots trendy. Revealed on this season’s runway, her unexpected “prequel” boasts 21 styles in mini and medium sizes, with finishes ranging from monochrome calfskin to demi-couture beadwork. There are also patterned straps (sold separately) so that they can be slung cross-body. Images of it on It fashion influencers – be it #supplied or organic – flooded social media when it hit stores in July, and continue to do so. Now, if only Hilton can say the same.
Saddle embroidered calfskin shoulder bag with beads, leather jacket, matching shorts and belt, and lace top. (Opposite) Saddle calfskin shoulder bag, wool jacket, matching skirt, and cotton T-shirt. All Dior