Whether you’re a festive humbug or already hot on the trail of this winter’s biggest buys, like it or not, Christmas is coming. With style publications across the globe already placing their bets on this Xmas’s most enviable buys, Santa’s wish list for the sartorially savvy is already well underway.
With high-luxe purveyors pulling up their socks to create a whirlwind of statement styles to covet before the pre-Xmas rush, bespoke handbags are topping the charts as the buy now, love forever item to crush over. One capsule collection that has the fashion piranhas in a feeding frenzy is the Dior Lady Bag collab.
Offering a privileged few the opportunity to take home a piece of living art, Dior has created a range of commissioned art-inspired bags styled by the cream of the contemporary art crop. Kick-started by a one-off collection designed by Marc Quinn, the Don Jon on the London-based art scene, the novel idea quickly snowballed into an international sensation – making way for this year's larger think tank exhibition from the great and the good of sculpture, photography and surrealism.
Expanding on this nouvelle vague that sees the classic handle-topped bag take on a new artsy edge from the likes of Daniel Gordon, Chris Martin and Mat Collishaw – to name but a few, this visually compelling redesign is set to top the shopping charts as THE collector’s item to bag (literally) this season.
Adapting his sculptural monochrome metallic paintings in undulating 3-D leather constructions, the born and bred Londoner, Jason Martin has warped space and time to create this melting metallic interpretation of the luxury Dior handbag. Martin’s singular style of working the luxurious surfaces of his monochrome paintings with a purpose-built comb has become well known internationally. A sculptor in the body of an artist, his malleable approach to tactile surfaces leaves us incapable of touching this uniquely beguiling bag.
Pairing this stunning high shine design with a myriad of luxury pieces, we’ve styled this #DiorLadyArt bag with enticing separates like this embroidered leather jacket from Gucci and modern chainmail patterned pants. Worn with our endlessly stylish Swarovski encrusted Hepburn silk shirt, this ensemble is a fiercely feline take on street style, blending forever classics with head-turning must haves. Finished off with a pair of mesh-lined pointed booties and shady frames, this look shimmers with regal runway overtones – ideal for any high luxe honey with an appetite for bespoke design!
Putting their own spin on Lady Dior, the 7 limited edition artists’ designs will go on sale at the Dior Miami flagship before going on general sale in L.A, Korea, London, China, Dubai and Paris.