Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie courtesy of Dior

First revealed at the Autumn/Winter 2023 ready-to-wear runway last July, Dior is welcoming a new icon; a new it-bag this season. In an ode to the past and present, the French fashion house has reinvented the lines of the original Lady Dior in celebration of its unique heritage and modern allure.

The Lady 95.22 – in reference to the first release in 1995 and re-design in 2022 – features an ultra-contemporary silhouette with two top handles dressed in leather and and metal, subtly curved lines and an irresistible graphic maxicannage pattern.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie courtesy of Dior

Each bag is crafted with according to the expertise of Dior ateliers and is presented in three elegant and wearable sizes – small, medium and extra large – in two timeless shades of black and latte leathers and precious ruthenium or pale gold finishes. In keeping with the heritage of the Lady Dior, each bag boasts Dior lucky charms at the base of the handle evoking Monsieur Dior’s grigris.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie courtesy of Dior

The first chapter of the Lady 95.22 welcomes feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the face of the bag campaign. She is best known for coining the term “We Should All Be Feminists” which inspired the T-Shirts in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut show for Dior in 2016. Presented in black-and-white photographs and lensed by Brigitte Lacombe, they celebrate the timelessness allure and versatility of this unique top-handle silhouette.

An it-bag is also an exclusive one and is available in selected boutiques now. The first Lady Dior was once known as the ‘Chouchou’ – meaning “favourite” in French – and later renamed after Princess Diana who was gifted the style in 1995 and later wore different iterations of the bag on multiple occasions.