Fashion Week Bags: Dior Fall 2012

Have you been following the endless rumors about who will or will not replace John Galliano at Dior? I have, partly because it’s my job and partly because I love a good public mess, and it seems LVMH is no closer to naming a successor than the day it fired Galliano for his anti-Semitic verbal attacks on patrons at a Paris cafe. The latest rumor is that Raf Simons demanded too high a salary and that, in a fit of anger, Dior CEO Sidney Toledano has hired interim designer Bill Gaytten for six more seasons.

I don’t know if I believe the details of that rumor, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Dior kept Gaytten for the foreseeable future. Not only is he less expensive to retain than a “big” designer, but his collections, which critics have derided as too safe and obviously too pretty, are also incredibly wearable.Dior Fall 2012It may not be a conceptual tour de force, but right down to the bags, I could see Dior’s wealthy clients wearing basically everything that came down the runway. That’s not always true for collections that have a great concept; After all, Gaytten’s first year at the helm of the brand earned Dior a more than 20% increase in profits, despite protests from unimpressed fashion writers around the world. Check out the bags for fall after the jump.

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