Dior’s saddle bag is back and Arab bloggers cannot get enough

Lebanese fashion powerhouse Lana El-Sahely is a bonafide social media star. (AFP)
Updated 24 July 2018

Dior’s saddle bag is back and Arab bloggers cannot get enough

DUBAI: Not one to buck a trend, Lebanese fashion designer and blogger Lana El-Sahely took to Instagram last week to celebrate the much-reported-on return of Dior’s iconic saddle bag.

Images of the immediately recognizable bag — with its almost kidney bean-like shape — have flooded social media as of late, with one news website reporting that the sweeping takeover could be part of a coordinated campaign by Dior.

“Folks who follow even a single fashion influencer likely noted that they all seem to be sporting the new saddle… Some influencers did note that it was a gift from Dior, either by explicitly acknowledging it or using the hashtag #SuppliedbyDior. But this only added to the confusion,” Quartzy reported on Friday.

However, there has been no confirmation from the French fashion house and, all the while, the world’s fashion bloggers continue to fill their feeds with images of the bags.

Dior showed off a red version of the bag on social media. (Instagram)

From Brazilian star Camila Coelho to El-Sahely herself, the mid-sized bags have been popping up across Instagram.

“Bringing back the saddle,” El-Sahely captioned a photograph of herself holding a patchwork version of the bag while in Shanghai.

“My turn to rock the #DiorSaddle. She’s back, she’s iconic and I’m already OBSSESED!” Coelho, who boasts 7.3 million followers on her Instagram account, posted alongside a snap in which she is pulling a power pose with a monochromatic saddle bag in front of a funky, graffiti-covered wall.

Dior showed off the revamped bags as part of its Autumn/Winter 2018 collection in March. The brand showed off a number of stylish versions of the bag — from a black-and-white, Dior-printed version to patchwork and beaded designs. Elle magazine reported last week that there are now more than 15 versions of the bag available — so you may want to think about saving up and clearing some space in your closet. 

El-Sahely posed with the bag in Shanghai. (Instagram)

Originally designed in 1999, the design debuted on the Spring/Summer runway under John Galliano’s stewardship of the fashion house. This year, Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri decided to restore the bag to its former glory.

“I thought this collection would be an opportunity to revive its timeless beauty,” Grazia said in a press release at the time. “I consider this icon of the house’s recent history the perfect accessory to deal with the battle that is daily life.”

The brand also took to Instagram to reveal more about the bag.

“Larger and more robust, but also very colorful, embroidered or with beaded fringe, the newest version of the saddle bag by Artistic Director #MariaGraziaChiuri is, in her own words, ‘like a chameleon, it adapts to all situations’.”

US-Palestinian model Bella Hadid was spotted wearing a denim version of the bag in the past few months, something that will no doubt cause fashion fans to covet the bag.  

Bella Hadid wore a denim version of the iconic bag. (Getty Image)


MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

Updated 20 September 2018

MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

  • Rawan Bin Hussain is one of the largest influencers in the region
  • Aside from launching a lipstick line, the Kuwaiti blogger studies law in London

DUBAI: The Kuwaiti influencer, who has 3 million Instagram followers, talks about studying law, learning to fly and why gender biases are ‘so 1800s’

Being a fashion blogger is not the opposite of being a lawyer – they don’t conflict. I didn’t leave law behind. I’m still studying it. I could have moved to Dubai and made millions a month like other bloggers, but I’m not. I’m living in London making nothing a month because education comes first for me.
To show that lawyers don’t only fight for justice in court, but also in real life by giving back to the community, I launched a law association in Kuwait for female law students, law graduates and lawyers. If you have knowledge in the field of law, I want your experience and we can work together to do charity work and attend workshops.
I’ve always loved traveling around the world, so why not have my own license and my own airplane jetting around the world?
I don’t mind taking risks because I think people who don’t take risks are cowards. Life is fun, life is full of experiences, full of lessons. If you don’t fail and if you don’t learn from your mistakes, you won’t achieve anything in life. It doesn’t come on a plate of gold. You have to work for it.

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A lot of people think that when you are a beauty icon, you are an empty head, empty-minded. We are not. A lot of bloggers are good mothers to their children, they are engineers, doctors, lawyers. They have a career, they just choose to do blogging, which is what they love, and I respect it because you should do what you love and love what you do.
We need to stop stereotyping, criticizing, judging based on the way she looks, the way she dresses, the way she appeals to others. I cannot please everybody as, most of all, I need to please myself.
I regret being too transparent sometimes. I am too spontaneous. I say my opinion in a very casual way – maybe I don’t think about the circumstances or the consequences. But if you don’t make mistakes, you don’t learn a lesson.  
We shouldn’t look as men as competition or a dangerous threat. We can work together to make this world a better place.
As a woman, I want to say look at me, I’m here. I can be a lawyer, a pilot, a public figure, an entrepreneur. I am capable of doing so many things. Men need to see that and respect that and not underestimate us because we are females. Judgment based on gender is so 1800s.