Really, we should have seen this coming. With Manolo Blahnik's era-defining crystal brooch–embellished Hangisi mules and courts finding their way onto a new generation of fashion peacocks, it was only a matter of time until Dior's Saddle bag—no doubt the arm candy counterpart to these shoes during a particularly flashy time in the world of accessories—staged a comeback. At the height of its popularity in the noughties, you could say it was more of the chi-chi party girl's choice—other icons were opting for Chloé's clunky Paddington, but specific going-out pieces were essential to a certain set.
HBO; PICTURED: Carrie Bradshaw with her trusty Dior Saddle Bag and a floral corsage, naturally.
But the signs have been there for a while. Vogue.com called it out when the influential K-pop star CL proudly flaunted an original on her Instagram feed. It was every bit of the John Galliano–stamped brazen kitsch that we remember so fondly. The Saddle was a small but mighty canvas for the outré designer's myriad take on the house logo, pop-culture references and wild prints. And as if that eye-boggling work wasn't enough, the micro horse-saddle silhouette was then flourished with a gigantic D stirrup and/or buckle.
The Style Stalker; PICTURED: Vintage Dior Saddle Bag
But it's this fashion week where we've seen the classic canvas Dior saddle bag cropping up more. From street style looks to influencers snapping one on their feeds, there's a bubbling love for the originals. So while we're loving all the affordable cult bags at London Fashion Week, we think we may need to make room for a little vintage one too.
@marianne_theodorsen; PICTURED: Vintage Dior Saddle bag
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