I know an IT bag when I see one. It's an instant connection. Like finding THE ONE in the bag world. That's what I felt when I saw the Diorama during the SS15 show. I instantly messaged my girls at Dior to know more. Of course I couldn't talk about till I was given the go ahead once the season kicked in. Now, I sit here playing with this fabulous arm candy and writing a review on it.
Unlike the very curvy Miss Dior, the Diorama boasts a boxy shape, structured silhouette and very architectural details. However, what really attracted me to the bag was the crest-shaped clasp. It adds a very contemporary vibe to it. The iconic cannage top stitching on some of the Dioramas is three dimensional which I thought was really cool. Don't you just love it when icons are reinterpreted? Moving on, the adjustable shoulder strap (you can wear it on your shoulder or cross-body) is part leather, part chunky chain links. Very edgy. Space wise, the large model can accommodate your basic daily essentials like a big wallet, keys, phone, etc., whereas the small one can fit your credit cards, and perhaps a few small make up items. It also comes in a medium size. Because the purse isn't very big to begin with, it can easily transition from day to night.
In terms of design, there are plenty to choose from. Oversized 3-D cannage in various colours and skins, quilted with embroidered flowers and badges or smooth calfskin with fun decorations. Classic bags can sometimes border on being boring, but these playful elements ensure that the Diorama is far from that. Finally, as always, the purse is handmade in France by meticulous craftsmen that are nothing short of artists. Please ensure you see the "know how" video posted below.
All in all, the Diorama is a beautiful combination of the old and the new making it a bag you will cherish for years to come. It's no wonder Vogue named it one of the IT bags of 2015!