Diorama New Star
The Diorama has the discreet charm of a future classic. It made its first notable appearance on the catwalk at Dior’s Spring-Summer 2015 show, when its trendy elegance and sassy modernity proved to be the perfect match for the cosmonaut designs created by Raf Simons. With its sharp but graceful lines, reworked cannage and its metal chain handle, it typifies the Dior style, with an extra helping of urban edge and a mix of genres that really works. As Raf Simons explained in the press release for his Spring-Summer 2015 show: “I wanted ready-to-wear to look more modern, more dynamic, more real. I wanted to make it accessible to a wider public”. Reflecting the Dior style, as reshaped by the artistic director of its women’s collections, Diorama offers a new look and an original attitude honed by an unrivalled expertise and a bold, contemporary approach. Available in ivory or Trianon gray leather, decorated with floral embroidery or badges, in crocodile or python, it expresses the many facets of the Dior woman. And, like all of the brand’s bags, the Diorama comes to life in the hands of its expert artisans. From the cut of the leather to the production of its iconic cannage (inlaid, veined or enlarged to the point of abstraction), from the assembly to the placing of the clasps and chains, everything is done by hand. Because at Dior, modernity and traditional know-how go hand in hand. Last December, the label presented its first fall collection in Japan. Called Esprit Dior Tokyo 2015, it marked the first chapter in what promises to be a fascinating story: “Every year in December, we will present the Esprit Dior collection in a different city,” explains Sidney Toledano, the President and CEO of Christian Dior Couture. Showcased in a Modernist building under a cloud of artificial snow, according to Raf Simons the collection’s outstandingly futurist and sophisticated designs were inspired by the freedom of expression and appearance of Tokyo’s residents. On the arms of the models, the Diorama literally shimmered: its copper and sequined reflections echoed the sequined poloneck jerseys of the collection. In fact, it was designed with the Dior wardrobe in mind. With its neutral or pop tones, in shimmering or plain leather, worn on the shoulder or across the body, the Diorama adapts to any style. It’s a wardrobe in itself. Now the leading light of the Spring-Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection, the Diorama is also set to be the brand’s new star. With its couture detailing and deeply contemporary aura, it’s on course to become a timeless classic.