New stores, fresh releases and great collaborations sum up the first week of May 2017 in the Instagram world.

Japan has always had a special place in Christian Dior’s heart; he even designed a day dress dubbed Jardin Japonais (French for “Japanese Garden”). Now, Maria Chiuri Grazia takes inspiration from this archival icon for her capsule collection to celebrate the opening of the Ginza Six store. The collection of ready-to-wear apparel and accessories is printed with bold “Jardin Japonais Christian Dior 1953” slogans and paintings of sakura blooms.

Meanwhile, Louis Vuitton works with artist Jeff Koons to launch its latest Masters Collection. Re-creations of greats such as da Vinci, Titian, Rubens, Fragonard and Van Gogh’s work take over the Maison’s wide selection of bags.

Here are 10 of our favourite style moments on Instagram to kick off May 2017.

1

Prada launches new Cahier bags in a kaleidoscope of colours and designs. 

“Ideas falling into place. New #PradaCahier styles on Prada.com.”

2

Creative director Julie de Libran paid tribute to the late Sonia Rykiel with her signature bag silhouette.

“Oversized sailor bag from the Spring Summer 2017 collection by @juliedelibran #Oversize #SailorBag #Uniform #SS17

3

The aviators get a contemporary facelift, just in time for summer.

“New sunglasses inspired by the classic aviator. Shop #Burberry eyewear”

4

Gucci partners with i-D magazine to launch its über cool collection by Alessandro Michele.

@saibennett wears printed silk shirt and pants from #GucciSS17 at the @i_d x #Gucci party to celebrate the new #GucciPreFall17 campaign.

5

Balenciaga Creative Director Demna Gvasalia reinvents winter wear with super padded ski jackets, knee-high stiletto boots and the controversial ‘Bazaar’ bag.

“Introducing the Balenciaga PreFall 17 Collection. Available on Balenciaga.com and in stores in May 2017. Photography by @HarleyWeir, styling by @LottaVolkova.
#Balenciaga #Prefall17 #Look33

6

’90s poster girl Jaime King makes a comeback for Miu Miu’s campaign this fall.

“Collegiate patches and pearlescent jewellery form an oversized insignia…
Room 303, by @alasdairmclellan, starring actress @jaime_king and models @samantharchibald, @iesha.hodges and @lilynova97.
#MiuMiuAutomne17

7

Louis Vuitton’s classics become a canvas for some of the best known paintings.

“Presenting Rubens, from the #LouisVuitton Masters Collection, created in collaboration with Jeff Koons. Available exclusively in Louis Vuitton stores from Friday. To find out more, visit louisvuitton.com.
#LVxKoons

8

Dior celebrates the opening of the Ginza Six store with a Japanese-inspired capsule collection.

“Specially for the Tokyo live show, #MariaGraziaChiuri whipped up additional and entirely new creations, all inspired by Monsieur Dior’s ‘Jardin Japonais’ dress from 1953, designed as a vivid expression of his fondness for Japan. In recognition of this inspiration, our Artistic Director gave a number of iconic Dior elements a creative revisiting using the name and date of this unique dress. #DiorTokyo #GinzaSix

9

We get a little sneak peek at Chanel’s tweed offering for next season.

“CHANEL FW17/18 Press Day | @chanelofficial #CHANELGroundControl

10

Leandra Medine (aka Man Repeller) shows us how to do a day at the beach in style. 

“A five-second vacation right in the middle of your Instagram feed — how neat!”

Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.