As a modern, more edgy take on the original Chanel flap bag, the Chanel Boy bag is one of Chanel’s most sought-after bags. Its structured lines and pronounced hardware have made the Chanel Boy bag forever recognizable. Countless celebrities and trendsetters including Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Elizabeth Olsen have been seen carrying this iconic bag.
The super-popular Chanel Boy Bag and the new-but-coveted Christian Dior Diorama Bag have a lot in common. The bags are both fairly new marquee additions to their respects brands’ lines, likely intended to appeal to a younger audience that might find their respective’ brands legacy offerings a little too ladylike. They also have similar structures and shoulder straps, but there are some noteworthy differences.
The Boy Bag, despite being a little edgier than the Classic Flap, does tend to have the sense of traditional luxury to it that generally characterizes Chanel bags. By the same token, the Diorama skews considerably more futuristic, which is Raf Simons’ general preference in interpreting Dior’s enormous aesthetic legacy. The bags have functional similarities, but the brands have chosen to take them in two distinct directions.
In this Bag Battle, it’s impossible for me to pick a favorite overall; my preference comes down to the two specific versions of the bag being compared at any given time, and since both come in many sizes, leathers, colors and finishes, there are a lot of possible answers.