I recently came across this cartoon on Humor Chic by aleXsandro Palombo and he was able to capture in one image some of the sentiments I’ve been feeling for a while. When I saw the quilting of the Dior lady bags I always thought that it was an odd choice of fabrication. Sure, the shape is different but as far as I knew, quilting is not part of Dior’s lexicon – not the way the Chanel quilting is. But, now with this new style of bag they’ve also added a chain strap. Lots of companies are making quilted bags with chain straps these days, but when you look at the ad pictured above (and below) it starts getting a little uncomfortable. It seems like there is too much borrowed from Chanel iconography – the tweed jacket paired with the quilted bag is just too much. If this were a mass market brand it wouldn’t bother me because they’d be offering a look at a lower price. But this is DIOR – another storied couture house. I know Dior is having problems but this is just adding to it.
It gets worse. I recently saw an ad for the new Dior watch and my jaw dropped. It looks pretty close to a J12 to me. (Ok, the J12 is a bit close to the Rolex Submariner but at least Chanel did something new with it and made it in ceramic). What do you think? Am I being too territorial? Do you think Dior is borrowing a bit too heavily from Chanel?
Image Source: Humor Chic by aleXsandro Palombo