Fashion Week Bags: Christian Dior Spring 2012

The fashion industry has been waiting with bated breathmonthsto see what Raf Simons would do in his historic first collection for Dior. The Belgian wunderkind has a penchant for minimalism and is known for his forward-thinking, modern approach, which many speculated would be hard to reconcile with Dior’s mid-century heritage and his strong feminine identity. Turns out Raf did a pretty good job.

What matters to us, of course, are the handbags fromDior Spring 2013. Raf’s team found success there, too: the bags were familiar, but not as complicated as they used to be during John Galliano’s tenure at the historic French house. On the Lady Dior bags, for example, all the hardware was covered in the same material as the bag, slightly modernizing a favorite of the brand. A sleek new north-south bag featured a sort of tucked-in waist, reflecting the New Look silhouette Dior was famous for. Check out the full collection after the jump.