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Handbags on the street at MBFW Australia

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia is happening right now and fashion editors, industry insiders, buyers and bloggers are flocking to the runway shows as we speak. Designers in Australia are busy showing their spring/summer 2014/2015 collections while industry insiders are showing their best and brightest ensembles outside the shows on the streets.

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Fashion insiders attending the runway shows during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia are wearing brightly patterned fabrics and vibrant colors paired with neutral, medium sized handbags. The handbags spotted on the streets in Australia are in basic hues such as black, brown, white and navy. Fashionistas have opted for quiet handbags during fashion week which do not compete with their attention-grabbing ensembles.

The handbags carried outside fashion week in Australia are medium in size; signaling they are being used to carry work-related items rather than be shown off to onlookers. The two main handbag styles being spotted on the streets of Australia are the satchel and the shoulder bag. Although the daytime clutch made an appearance, it was not worn as often as the shoulder bag and the satchel.

The shoulder bags and satchels being carried at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia are understated and do not show logos; although handbag fans will easily be able to spot handbags by luxury designers as Celine and Givenchy on the shoulders and in the hands of fashion insiders on the streets at fashion week.

The understated handbags chosen by editors, buyers and bloggers at fashion week in Australia show a trend towards the "unrecognizable" handbag south of the equator. This has been a trend in the United States and Europe lately too, so it is only natural that the trend is spotted in Australia as well. The neutral hues on the handbags also show a trend towards quiet handbags which do not make a statement. This trend could possibly appear in the United States and Europe over the next year.

Shoulder bags and satchels are two classic handbag styles which have been showing importance in the fashion world over the past year. Satchels have enjoyed popularity over the past several seasons while the shoulder bag has been enjoyed being the up-and-coming handbag style to watch for 2014.

As we move towards 2015, it should be interesting to see if the current "IT" handbag style, the drawstring bag, maintains its' popularity or if it becomes overshadowed by the shoulder bag and classic satchel.

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