A few weeks ago, I came across this gorgeous Dior ad featuring the beautiful Marion Cotillard. Knowing me and my celebrity blindness, I have no idea who Marion Cotillard is except as the face of Dior for their bags. I believe she may be an actress.
The imagery for the Lady Dior before was more dramatic (see the Lady Grey version), but I loved this pensive, ethereal look of this particular shot (and I also love her coat!). Naturally, being the bagaholic that I am, my eye was irresistably drawn to the bag she was holding – the Miss Dior.
My first reaction was “Why is Dior copying Chanel? It looks just like the Chanel Classic Flap!” and you know what they say about first impressions. It counts. So I continued with my prejudices. But for some reason, I’ve been taking 2nd and 3rd looks at it, and really, I don’t think its all that bad.
This is the Miss Dior bag, which is a classic flap bag shape and design with a metal chainlink strap. There is no leather intertwined between the chain links as with the Chanel ones.
The flap locks down as opposed to the Chanel’s turnlock, and it comes with a key as well. I’m quite taken by that little pouch dangling on the side – I’m not sure what its supposed to be. It looks too small to fit anything. I think there are some mini Dior charms somewhere on the handle too.
I read somewhere that this is an incarnation of the New Lock bag which debuted last year and is already being touted as another Dior classic. It being quite new, I’d wait a while before I’d call it a classic. The classic is the iconic Lady Dior bag which has a story and history behind it. I would call the shape classic, but not necessarily this particular bag.
I think the interior quite practical – compartments are always a good touch but this isn’t a workhorse sort of bag. Its something you’d carry if you already have another one on hand to hold your junk and to bash around. This one is just to dangle on your shoulder holding your wallet, keys and mobile – you know, the important stuff I’m not quite feeling the pink interior, nor the fact that it is a contrast interior. From experience, interiors of bags always get dirty more quickly so a light coloured interior is really asking for trouble. I prefer it it was all black, so I don’t have to battle dirt. Still, I also like that its a leather interior (based on what I see in the picture) which ups the lux factor.
Part of the draw for me is perhaps due to the scarcity – I most definitely see less of this than Chanel Double Cs which every schoolgirl seem to already own *grumbles* Come to think of it, I’ve never seen one in action. Perhaps this then should be my next bagaholic indulgence
I haven’t seen this one in person but I’m not going to hold my breath for it. I read that it comes in a short and long strap and the calfskin cannage leather as above is HKD25,000 *faints* and the lambskin Miss Dior is S$4,500/4,900 *faints again* so I’ll just continue to ogle it from afar and paw at it whenever I stumble into a Dior boutique. Or until I go to Paris. Whichever comes first
* photos of Miss Dior bags from Dior.com. Photo of Marion Cotillard ad from here.