As they say, the show must go on.

Even with Raf Simons’ recent departure, Dior held steadfast and true to its motto of class and quality for its Fall-Winter 2016 collection, with the bags leading the way.

This time we tested out three bags from what many industry insiders are calling a ‘placeholder’ collection: a Diorama satchel, Diorama club and Diorama bag.

 

While all are from the same line, each bag caters to a different woman. The Diorama black and blue club is for the chameleon who wants to flawlessly transition from day to night. The silver Diorama bag with the house’s iconic cannage setting is for the woman who’s after a timeless look; and the tufted Diorama satchel is for the businesswoman who’s looking to impress.

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The collection marks a unique stand-alone period between Simons’ tenure as artistic director and just before Maria Grazia Chiuri from Valentine joined to take over the mantle and inject the brand with her unique sense of style and glamour. Dreamed up by the maison’s in-house atelier helmed by the capable Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, the bags are a pleasant surprise.

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On a functional note, it is wise to bear in mind that they are all very structural and you won’t be able to fit much apart from your daily necessities. However, they all boast classic lines and sophisticated patterns, meaning they will last you for the next five years or more, which is good news, as the bags range from HK$22,000 to HK$34,000 and is best viewed as more of an investment piece to add to your portfolio.

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