Just recently, the TV host and part-time luxury live seller gave her YouTube subscribers an exclusive look at her massive Lady Dior bag collection. Mariel revealed two reasons for investing in 16 versions of the handbag: Lady Dior's classic design, and the fact that it was Princess Diana who made it popular in the late '90s. "Feeling ko pag yun ang dala mo, nakaka-madam siya," she quipped.
According to Mariel, she sourced most of her Lady Dior bags from Japan-based luxury bag resellers.
Here are all the Lady Dior bags featured in Mariel's vlog.
Classic Lady Dior
Mariel owns a dozen medium-sized Lady Dior bags, more than half of which are made of leather with the brand's iconic Cannage stitching.
According to the brand's official website, medium-sized Lady Dior bags come with a price tag of $6,100 or P350,000.
Mariel owns a fuschia pink Lady Dior bag in gold hardware and a beige one with gold hardware. The former Pinoy Big Brother host said she used both bags during her recent trip to Spain with her family.
Mariel also owns three more Lady Dior handbags with gold hardware, but in different colors: matte red, orange, and ivory. She initially bought the orange one as a gift for Las Piñas City representative Camille Villar, but she is yet to give it to her.
Mariel also has two black Lady Dior bags: one black patent leather in silver hardware and a matte black version in gold hardware. The TV host revealed that she bought the matte black edition since this was the same bag Princess Diana owned.
But among all these, Mariel's favorite is this vintage medium Lady Dior in caramel brown leather and gold hardware, which she uses as her "day bag."
Mariel also has a few limited-edition Lady Dior bags in her collection.
She bought this ultra-rare periwinkle-colored Lady Dior in snakeskin from one of her favorite luxury bag sellers from Japan. Mariel recalled, "Ito, I was in Spain nung in-offer sa akin... Dahil nga it's a collection, kailangan meron akong isang exotic. Alam mo yun? So nilaban ko siya across the miles."
According to Tradesy.com, the estimated retail price of this bag is $5,900 or P338,350. But it could sell as high as $11,800 or P677,000.
Mariel also bought herself a Lady Dior bag in white deerskin printed with a pink alstroemeria flower.
According to bragmybag.com, this design was launched as part of the brand's Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The fashion blog also mentioned that the bag had an estimated retail price of $3,900 at the time it was launched.
On why she bought the bag, Mariel said it resonated with her since she also has a flower tattoo—specifically a tiger lily—on her back.
She added, "I feel like it's very me kasi it's so girly. It's so clean. It's so nice... Parang super nakakababae talaga yung bag na ito.
"Yung bag na iyan, ginagamit ko kapag naghahatid-sundo ako sa mga anak ko. Yun ang launching ng mga bag dahil wala naman akong pinupuntahan kundi ang mga school ng mga anak ko."
As someone born under the Leo star sign, Mariel decided to get this Lady Dior bag in navy blue since it had a lion design. This bag is part of the brand's limited edition Marrakech 2020 collection. A pre-loved bag of this design is currently on sale at atoutluxe-boutique.com for EUR2,900 or about P170,500.
Mariel didn't think twice about this medium Lady Dior bag in hand-woven natural wicker and latte Dior oblique jacquard print. "Feeling ko kailangan ng summer version," she said. "I feel na nakakapang-Hamptons siya. Ganun yung peg na binibigay sa akin nitong bag na ito."
This design comes with a price tag of $6,100 or P350,000, according to the brand's official website.
Small Lady Dior
Mariel owns two small Lady Dior bags, both with silver hardware: one in pastel yellow and the other in matte black.
The former Kapamilya star said she bought the black one when she saw it on K-pop star Bae Suzy in the hit K-drama series Start-Up. Currently, this size retails for $5,600 or P321,200.
Mini Lady Dior
Completing Mariel's collection of Lady Dior bags are her two mini ones. Mariel has a Tiffany blue-colored mini Lady Dior in lambskin leather and another one in dark green patent leather. The mini edition of Lady Dior bags currently retails for $5,300 or P304,000.
*This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.