As Sydney’s Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the most bizarre things spotted on and off the runway.
Models wearing little more than texta scribbles competed for the limelight with Muslim Federal MP Anne Aly, who unexpectedly made her catwalk debut.
Here are the five moments that made headlines as Sydney’s style elite gathered to see and be seen.
Anne Aly steps out
Of all the things we were expecting to see come down the catwalk at Fashion Week, Labor politician Anne Aly wasn’t one of them.
The first-ever female Muslim fFederal MP modelled for 23-year-old designer Thomas Puttick, who chose to insert inspirational “muses” into his show alongside regular models.
Aly later poked fun at herself in a column for The Guardian, in which she described her “signature look”.
“As I approached the end of the runway I readied myself for the big reveal … I looked back and let the audience have what they had been waiting for. A thousand gasps. A thousand clicks. There it was: Stunned Mullet,” Aly wrote.
“I had been perfecting my ‘look’ in parliament, practising the Stunned Mullet in question time, along with my other signature looks, ‘Deer in the Headlights’ and ‘What you talkin’ bout, Willis’.”
Imogen Anthony’s bizarre mask
Imogen Anthony, the headline-grabbing girlfriend of radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands, looked like a villain from one of the Zoolander films when she arrived at a show wearing a bedazzled gimp mask and carrying her tiny dog.
The dog, of course, was appropriately attired in a purple outfit coordinated with Anthony’s lipstick (because matching your pet to your makeup is a must).
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Mugatu, is that you?
The mullet returns
We all hoped we’d left it in the 80s, but unfortunately the particularly unflattering hairstyle is back to haunt us all.
Models at both the Akira show and the Ten Pieces show sported short hair on top, long hair at the back.
Let’s hope Andre Agassi held onto that wig.
Models take the plunge
To many people, being stylish means taking the most basic clothing items and making them uncomfortable.
This includes turning everyday footwear into death traps. Models at Strateas.Carlucci and Victoria Bliss both suffered for fashion when they hit the ground mid-catwalk.
Attendees at the Romance Was Born show copped an eyeful when models emerged onto the catwalk wearing nothing but nude underwear.
It was already a shocking sight, but add to that the fact models were covered in expletives scrawled in body paint and it was hard to know where to look.