You Won't Believe Which Noughties It Bag Is Back on the Radar

Hannah Almassi

Really, we should have seen this coming. With Manolo Blahnik's era-defining crystal brooch-embellished Hangisi mules and courts finding their way onto a new generation of fashion peacocks, it was only a matter of time until Dior's Saddle bag—no doubt the arm candy counterpart to these shoes during a particularly flashy time in the world of accessories—staged a comeback.

The signs have been there. called it out a few months back, when the influential K-pop star CL proudly flaunted an original on her Instagram feed. It was every bit of the John Galliano-stamped brazen kitsch that we remember so fondly. The Saddle was a small but mighty canvas for the outré designer's myriad take on the house logo, pop-culture references and wild prints. And, as if that eye-boggling work wasn't enough, the micro horse-saddle silhouette was then flourished with a gigantic D stirrup and/or buckle.



Carrie Bradshaw with her trusty Dior Saddle Bag and a floral corsage, naturally.

At the height of it's popularity in the noughties you could say it was more of the chi-chi party girl's choice—other icons were opting for Chloé's clunky Paddington, but specific going-out pieces were essential to a certain set. One look at autumn/winter 2016's return to eveningwear may provide another reason for this style 180, but this week a particularly strong indicator of an imminent Saddle bag re-introduction for hipsters across the globe has come: Reformation are styling up their looks with a vintage one.


Your eyes do not deceive you—this is an original Dior on Reformation's site, but it is not available to purchase.

Always ahead of the curve when it comes to the rules of accessorising, the styling team at Reformation have been first to herald many a moment: wicker basket bags or grandma mules, for example. They're also way ahead of the curve when it comes to specific add-ons that complete a look: Chanel's two-tone slingbacks? Been on the site for ages. Céline's babouches? Ditto. So, while A/W 16's key bags have been lining up on the streets, we think we may need to make room for a little one.

Go through the gallery to see the vintage Dior Saddle bags you can shop now.

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