Best Bag Trends of Fall/Winter 2016-2017 Catwalks

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This week sees the fashion industry head to Paris for the final leg of the Fall/Winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear shows, as influential designers present their latest womenswear collections on the runways. Following our last article on footwear, the Trendstop team have compiled an exclusive first-look feature on F/W16-17 Catwalk Bags, drawing on their expert analysis of the latest shows as they happen. These accessories trends are predicted to influence directional and fast fashion ranges going into Fall/Winter 2016-17, and would also prove suitable for more mainstream collections in Fall/Winter 2017-18. Hot off the catwalks at the world’s fashion capitals, see how designers are updating women’s bags with fresh plays on shape, structure and detailing, creating fashion-forward looks with an inspirational appeal.

Bucket bags are revisited with structured designs for added sophistication, on show with sturdy textures that hold their forms like glossy leather and luxe snakeskin. Drawstring closures add a sportive twist, while textured finishes and fashion colour blocking makes for a directional look.

The saddle bag emerges as a key accessories style for fall, characterised by a rounded silhouette, flattened profile and single shoulder strap. Leather textures add structure in matte or shine finishes, as seen in stark monochrome or warm neutrals. Contrast straps stand out with woven details or patterning, as furry panels add a tactile interest.

Feminine handbags express a quirky twist with a play on detailing, as straps are reinforced in thick new shapes. Applied to satchels and cross-body styles alike, wide straps are highlighted by contrast colours, oversized studs or heavy embellishment. Luxe materials and directional prints keep designs looking sophisticated.

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