Tuesday 23rd July

| BY Paul Toner

Ten Loves: Dior Black-Ultra Matte Book Tote

Remember Pimp My Ride? Of course you do. Host Xzibit and his team of trusty miracle workers could transform even the shabbiest of motors into showroom perfections. A few leather seat covers installed and a built-in sound system made for a carpool karaoke session, the once banged up vehicles were ready to bust into their new life on the road. Though the deciding factor was always a fresh lick of paint, and most often or not, a matte black finish was always a winner. They say everything looks better in a matte-black finish. You only have to look at the back of your iPhone or the army of vehicles that crop up on the Kardashian clan’s Instagrams, and see that we are truly living in a mattified world.

It seems Maria Grazia Chiuri is also loving the mega-matte-mania, so much so the designer has given a select number of contemporary Dior classics a muted, sleek makeover. The Saddle mini-bag, Diorama and the Lady Dior have all been slicked out, giving the now timeless silhouettes a contemporary twist. But if we had to pick a favourite out of the bunch, the Ultra-Matte Book Tote will definitely be on our wish-lists. With a sturdy, leather finish and an embossed Christian Dior logo topping things off – splashing your hard-earned cash on this exceptional creation over pimping out your old motor is an investment we can get behind.

The Dior Ultra-Matte bag capsule collection is available online now and in select stores.