Australian designers parade TINY handbags at New York Fashion Week mini-bag It summer accessory

Up-and-coming Australian label House of Campbell debuted their latest collection at New York Fashion Week on Sunday.

The Adelaide-based brand sent models sashaying down the runway at Pier 59 in immaculately tailored blazers and fashion-forward socks with open-toe sandals, but all eyes were focused on – or rather, straining to see – the tiny accessories.

Mini-bags have been cropping up in the sartorial circuit for the past two years, but their abundance among the lines of Down Under designers at NYFW indicates blink-and-you’ll-miss-them bags will be the It accessory of the Australian summer.

Emerging Adelaide label House of Campbell debuted their latest collection at New York Fashion Week but all eyes were on the tiny accessories (pictured)

Emerging Adelaide label House of Campbell debuted their latest collection at New York Fashion Week but all eyes were on the tiny accessories (pictured)

Emerging Adelaide label House of Campbell debuted their latest collection at New York Fashion Week but all eyes were on the tiny accessories (pictured)

Models walked the House of Campbell runway at Pier 59 carrying minuscule handbags for NYFW

Models walked the House of Campbell runway at Pier 59 carrying minuscule handbags for NYFW

The mini-bag looks set to be the IT accessory for summer Down Under

The mini-bag looks set to be the IT accessory for summer Down Under

Models walked the House of Campbell runway at Pier 59 carrying minuscule handbags for NYFW

Late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld was the father of the mini-bag phenomenon, bringing the quirky accessory to the runway in his spring/summer 2015 collection for Fendi.

But it wasn’t until late 2017 when French designer of the moment Simon Porte Jacquemus revived the trend with his minuscule ‘Le Chiquito’ purse that the mini-bag really went mainstream.

Italian mega-influencer Chiara Ferragni is a serial carrier of barely there bags, as are Australian models Bambi Northwood Blyth and Shanina Shaik. 

Australian model Bambi Northwood-Blyth wears a Chanel cross-body mini-bag during New York Fashion Week on September 9

Australian model Bambi Northwood-Blyth wears a Chanel cross-body mini-bag during New York Fashion Week on September 9

Australian model Bambi Northwood-Blyth wears a Chanel cross-body mini-bag during New York Fashion Week on September 9

Supermodel Kendall Jenner (pictured) carries the white Le Chiquito mini-bag by Jacquemus on May 3, 2018 in New York City

Supermodel Kendall Jenner (pictured) carries the white Le Chiquito mini-bag by Jacquemus on May 3, 2018 in New York City

Digital influencer Jamie Xie (pictured) totes the same Jacquemus style outside the Chanel Haute Couture show during Paris Fashion Week on July 2, 2019

Digital influencer Jamie Xie (pictured) totes the same Jacquemus style outside the Chanel Haute Couture show during Paris Fashion Week on July 2, 2019

Kendall Jenner (left) and digital influencer Jamie Xie (right) carry the white Le Chiquito mini-bag by Jacquemus

Late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld started the mini-bag phenomenon at Fendi in his spring/summer 2015 collection (pictured, Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni wears an original Fendi mini-bag during Milan Fashion Week in 2015)

Late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld started the mini-bag phenomenon at Fendi in his spring/summer 2015 collection (pictured, Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni wears an original Fendi mini-bag during Milan Fashion Week in 2015)

Late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld started the mini-bag phenomenon at Fendi in his spring/summer 2015 collection (pictured, Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni wears an original Fendi mini-bag during Milan Fashion Week in 2015)

What other trends are taking over this summer Down Under?

*Square-toe heels: Revived by Italian designer Bottega Veneta, square-toe sandals have been seen stomping pathways from New York to Milan all year – and they’re already taking over the streets of Sydney.

*Anklets: If Vogue editors are anything to go by (of course they are), playful anklets are the latest 1990s trend to enjoy a comeback. Vogue suggests teaming your favourite piece with a pair of Birkenstocks.

*Tie-dye: First seen on the runway at Stella McCartney and Dries Van Noten, bohemian tie-dye – particularly neon green and pink – is a major trend for summer 2019. Rat and Boa’s take on tie-dye evening wear is perfect for a summer wedding.

*Feathers: Ever since Kendall Jenner arrived in a pink feather dress to the Sydney Tiffany launch in April, feathers have been waiting in the wings for their major moment. Australian fashion brand Bardot recently launched a premium line featuring strikingly similar feather tops and dresses, just in time for summer.

Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski regularly tote receptacles too small to fit an iPhone.

Blake Lively brought new meaning to the style when carried a minute Judith Leiber creation in the shape of a tiny beach ball for the premiere of Pokemen Detective Pikachu in May.

So popular is the trend that Zara now has an entire section dedicated to women’s mini-bags online.

German fashion influencer Sonia Lyson wears the Le Chiquito mini-bag by Jacquemus in Berlin on August 26, 2019

German fashion influencer Sonia Lyson wears the Le Chiquito mini-bag by Jacquemus in Berlin on August 26, 2019

Australian model Shanina Shaik carries a mini-bag at the Diesel x A-Cold-Wall capsule collection launch during New York Fashion Week on September 9

Australian model Shanina Shaik carries a mini-bag at the Diesel x A-Cold-Wall capsule collection launch during New York Fashion Week on September 9

German influencer Sonia Lyson (left) wears the Jacquemus Le Chiquito bag in Berlin on August 26; Australian model Shanina Shaik (right) carries a mini-bag at the Diesel x A-Cold-Wall capsule collection launch during New York Fashion Week on September 9

Blake Lively (pictured) gave her own take on the mini-bag trend with this quirky beach ball minaudiere by Judith Leiber

Blake Lively (pictured) gave her own take on the mini-bag trend with this quirky beach ball minaudiere by Judith Leiber

Blake Lively (pictured) gave her own take on the mini-bag trend with this quirky beach ball minaudiere by Judith Leiber

House of Campbell attended NYFW with Fashion Palette, an Australian fashion agency which helps emerging designers strengthen their profile through runway shows. 

Other independent Australian labels who showcased their new collections included Torannce, Portia & Scarlett, Made With Love Bridal and Dea the Label.

Sonya Swim, the new swimwear brand by former My Kitchen Rules contestants and Fashion Palette founder Sonya Mefaddi, also debuted their spring/summer 2020 line.

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