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The Zodiac Signs as Dior Saddle Bags

The iconic accessory of the early 2000s is back — and better than ever. See which version aligns best with your horoscope.
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When John Galliano (then Creative Director of Dior) first sent the Saddle Bag down the Christian Dior Spring 2000 Ready to Wear runway, no one anticipated the cult-like status it would go on to acquire.

Soon after its debut, the kidney-shaped accessory would infiltrate popular culture thanks to television (Hello, Sex and the City) and celebrity, with Beyoncé, Paris Hilton, and Elle Macpherson as some of its most loyal fans. It became an It Bag in every sense of the word, but like all glorious early 2000s trends, the Saddle descended into obscurity along the way, with only those well-versed in fashion history still wearing it, despite the reduced fanfare.

Then, in a Christ-like maneuver, the bag that once ruled the world was brought back to life, this time by the French fashion house’s first female Artistic Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, in her collection for Dior Fall 2018 Ready to Wear. “I thought this collection would be an opportunity to revive its timeless beauty,” Chiuri said in a press release. “I consider [this] the perfect accessory to deal with [the] battle that is daily life.”

To celebrate its return, we’ve gathered 12 of our favorite models of the reinvented Saddle, with an astrological twist. In case you don’t know, Christian Dior was a notoriously superstitious man who regularly consulted his fortune teller Madame Delahaye. In addition to having his cards read before each presentation, Monsieur Dior also kept up with astrology in a pursuit of knowledge (he was, after all, an Aquarius).

Decades later, the house’s flirtation with mysticism is still swinging. For her Spring 2017 Haute Couture debut at Dior, Chiuri presented a tarot-inspired range of gowns. Leading up to the event, Dior launched a video series where the petites mains who worked on the collection spoke about their own superstitions and star signs. The list goes on. 

Certainly, the magic of Dior can be seen both in and outside the walls of the ateliers at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Join in on the fun and find out which Dior Saddle aligns with your star sign. 

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Impulsive, confident and optimistic are just some of many qualities possessed by those under this sign. Channel all that fiery passion. Bold and empowering, this Saddle's colorful and fringe-beaded look is sure to compliment the fearless leader within. 

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Earth signs are known to have their feet planted firmly on the ground. Known for being reliable, stable, patient and practical, no other version of the Saddle embodies these like this blue monochrome leather iteration of the iconic bag. 

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Geminis may have gained a bad rep in today's digital astrological realm, but there's really nothing wrong with being a little all over the place. Expressive and always ready for some fun, the bright and contrasting design of this number is sure to be the talk of your next social outing. 

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Cancerians are ruled by the moon, which is often the cause of their imaginative, emotional, and sometimes moody nature. Like the crab, they are in constant search of security and are big fans of comfort, which is why this denim patchwork Saddle is sure to fulfill those needs. 

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Always humorous, effervescent, and occasionally self-centered, this Saddle embodies all that is quintessentially Leo. With its show-stopping use of color and attention to detail, this bag was meant to be worn with the attitude of a superstar. 

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

The iconic Dior logo print is both timeless and modern, music to a Virgo's ears. Those under Virgo are both practical and analytical — meaning they never settle for less. Wearing the House's name also lends itself to an interpretation of loyalty, which also are characteristics of the star sign. 

Libra (September 23 - October 22)

As a sign known to be gracious, social and fair-minded, a pale pink Saddle is the perfect choice for the ever-discerning Libra, who loves all things relating to love, romance, beauty, and sensuality. 

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

Red supple leather can lend itself to many interpretations, but for a Scorpio, that means looking brave and exuding passion all under a clever guise of mystery. The elegant stitching along each of the bag's edges beautifully personify Dior's French sense of chic. 

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Always extroverted and humorous, Sagittarians can handle the dynamic and bold look of this Saddle. The serious beadwork arranged in a dizzying array of warm yellows, reds, and pinks create an optical illusion that just screams passion. 

Capricorn  (December 22 - January 19)

Like its fellow Earth signs, Capricorns are connected to the planet they inhabit. Always responsible, disciplined and prepared for anything, this chic, monochrome leather iteration beautifully personifies the sign's signature traits. 

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

The intricate design and execution of this version are sure to appeal to an Aquarius's independent and progressive nature. Those under this Air sign thrive on originality, which aligns well with this Saddle's unique and artisanal qualities. 

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Pisces often attribute their artistic side to a desire to escape reality. This rich interplay between orange and blue beaded fringe creates a fantastical allure, embodying both the spirit of water and the fish who inhabit it. 

The Dior Saddle Bag is available now in stores.

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