Introducing our Dior Queen ‘Karen Doan’

You’re known as the Dior Queen in the private luxury groups / forums, we just love the way you put pieces together and how you advocate for the brand.      

What is it about Dior as a brand that has you smitten and so loyal?
I believe that Christian Dior (Dior) is one of the most influential names in fashion over the past few decades. I’ve become more obsessed with the brand when Maria Grazia Chiuri took helm of Dior in 2016 as the first women to lead the creative direction in the label’s history. She brings with her a breath of fresh air to modernise and transformed the house of DIOR.

I love the aesthetic that Chiuri has brought to the house. It’s a mix of flirty and femininity yet classic. Chiuri mixes modern fashion with pressing world issues like climate change and sustainability to create distinctive pieces like the latest SS20 collection where she used raffia (a natural material) to weave throughout the couture pieces and tied it to nature themed show. Some of her greatest work to date (that I’m a huge fan of) is how she’s redone the Dior logo, starting with the J’adior bows on the heels and ribbon bra straps (see image below of how I’ve styled both), the iconic J’adior 8  and other slogan tees, the logomania Dior book totes, golden chain bracelets and necklaces that spell out Dior and of course the comeback of the saddle bag.

Fun fact. Christian Dior’s lucky number is 8 which is also mine


What was your first Dior piece?  Tell us the story behind it.

My very first piece from Dior was when I was 21 years old. I still remember walking into the David Jones Dior Sydney boutique and I had saved months on end to purchase the cloth monogram Boston bowling bag in baby pink and beige with embroidered white floral and pearl motifs. Although it’s not considered a classic bag like the Lady Dior it was a the cutest interpretation of the famous monogram and a work of art by John Galliano.

What are your favourite looks that you have put together mixing Dior and high street?   

I love mixing everyday pieces with Dior 30 Montaigne (Ready to Wear) collection and accessories.

All the pieces are created to work together and with your existing wardrobe. Below I share some of my favourite pieces that I’ve styled with other designer brands and high street brands like Zara, H&M, Topshop and faithful the brand.

Look 1 

Look 2

Look 3

If you had to pick one Dior bag that you love most, which one is it and why? 

My all-time favourite Dior bag is the small Dior Book tote in navy oblique. It’s the embodiment of casual elegance and works well for every day. I use mine as a work laptop bag, carry my gym gear and also as a weekend bag.

What is your prediction going forward in terms of brand direction for Dior?  E.g. Trend bags, or styles coming up.

Chiuri’s direction has always paid respect to the history of the house mixed with powerful current global issues. Also more collaborations with anonymous artists and pieces that amplify feminist discourse. This season, I believe we will see the colour amber (tan) making a big come back to Dior through some of their key pieces and the 90s trend of thick chunky jewellery. Personalisation is also very big, expect to see walk’n’Dior and other Dior sneaker styles with personalisation and the men’s collection offering cute charms to accessorise your white sneakers.

If someone is starting out with Dior, what are their 3 must have pieces to start their collection?  

For anyone who is just starting out and wants to get into adding Dior to their collection I would say go with the 30 Montaigne collection. These pieces are classic and the items are meant to be worn throughout the year and work with your current wardrobe. For example, a J’adior 8 tee in ecru with a pair of basic blue jeans and the  bar jacket would be a great Friday casual work outfit.

My top picks would be a bar jacket in either black or nude, a black belt either the saddle belt or the DiorQuake belt and a classic pair of the J’adior heels.   

Finally, what is next on your Dior wishlist? 

Everything in the Autumn/ Fall 20 collection but if I have to narrow it down to the top four items it would be the new small Bobby handbag in either oblique or tan,  a 30 Montaigne belt, a mini 30 Montaigne handbag and a beige trench coat with the infamous oblique navy pattern lining.



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