1. Model Gemma Ward’s return to the runway

Amid ballerinas in black tulle, strobe lights and a haze of glitter, ethereal beauty Gemma Ward returned to the runway for Ellery’s sensational collection. After a six-year break from modelling, Ward opened the show in a contemporary black silk dress that encapsulated the designer’s sophisticated style.

2. Ten Pieces emptying Icebergs

Who needs a traditional runway anyway? Lifestyle brand Ten Pieces drained the iconic Icebergs' swimming pool at Bondi Beach to create the setting for its sporty street wear collection. Models walked along the pool’s edge; their androgynous, monochromatic attire set against the iconic backdrop of Bondi Beach was quite breathtaking.

3. We Are Handsome swapping a runway for a tennis court

Unconventional runway locations were a running theme this year. Swimwear designer We Are Handsome swapped the runway for Paddington’s White City Tennis Club to launch its new range of active wear. Alongside bronzed, toned models, the brand enlisted a yoga instructor, a ballet dancer and a Commonwealth Games pole-vaulter to show off its new range in its element.

4. The enchanting artistry of Michael Lo Sordo’s dresses

Pleated silks, lightweight chiffons and plunging necklines made up the exquisite array of dresses on display at Michael Lo Sordo. Romantic, elegant and contemporary silhouettes gave classic shades a more modern feel.

5. Street style: Mini-me

This dapper duo stole the spotlight in our street style gallery, with their matching grey suits and blue scarves. Who wouldn’t want their very own mini-me to play dress-ups with?

6. The angry neighbour who stormed the runway at Ellery

It was just 7.45pm when this local resident managed to make his way to the Ellery stage, where the designer was wrapping up her show. Apparently angered by the noise, he was overheard screaming: “You have no respect for the local community, the noise is way too loud, this is a disgrace.”

7. Maticevski’s Gold Suitcase

While the outfits were stunning, it was a suitcase that stole the show from the rest of Maticevski’s glamorously futuristic collection. Dipped in 24-carat gold and worth around $3000 to $4000, the designer had a number of people asking where they could get one. However, it won’t be on the market anytime soon, and it’s not actually a functional suitcase.

8. Red socks at Akira Isagowa

At Akira Isagowa’s first ever fashion week in 1996, the up-and-coming designer couldn’t afford shoes for his models. So he improvised with bright red socks. Almost two decades later, red socks were an homage to this beginning in his beautifully rich, vibrant and eclectic collection.

9. Gary Bigeni’s electric blue elegance

Electric blue was a standout feature of Gary Bigeni’s collection, enhanced by the more neutral, classic shades that made up this elegant yet wearable collection. Models wore striking eye shadow and highlights of the collection included a blue leather sweater worn over a white shirt and cuffed cream shorts.

10. Romance Was Born’s psychedelic dreamscape

We loved everything about this collection, from its spectacular technicolour creations to its striking silhouettes that evoked forest nymphs, tribal goddesses and fairytale characters. Held in the 19th-century Australian art room at the Art Gallery of NSW, the fantastical show was set to ambient music, featuring a live performance by flautist Jane Rutter.