From the traditional runway presentations to the unconventional, but yet very popular, media presentations, Australian collections made their way around Sydney for their own Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. From May 15th to 20th, the country's most creative and renowned designers took to the runways to present their Resort 2017 collections, where many in attendance were in awe of the cuts, colours, and embellishment that took over the catwalks. From the now popular - and blast from the past - off-the-shoulder styles to the unique use of textures such as furs and plastics, nothing was short of unstoppable and different when it came to the resort collections.

The essence of minimalism was the theme on the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia with the use of monochrome colours such as white, black, grey, and pastel pink. Making waves with their collection was designer Johnny Schembri with his self-titled label, By Johnny. Reminiscent of a modern day Wilma Rubble - from the childhood cartoon favourite The Flintstones - his Resort 2017 collection reminded me, and I'm sure other fashion attendees, of the stone age with look of jagged edges and paint splattered blob appeal on the many dresses and skirt and top combos. Starting the collection with the use of white and accents of black, the beginning of the show took much of a minimalist approach with the use of high split skirts that could be mixed and matched with an array of apparel choices.

Switching from solid colours to the mix and match of patchwork, By Johnny turned the minimalist palette over to the introduction of print and solids, fusing the two appeals to create eye-catching off-the-shoulder dresses that mimicked paint being mixed together on a palette. Ending the collection, Johnny brought the fusion of black and gold. Accenting the dark hue with the shimmers of the bright and translucent effect, the gold brought to the varied dress and skirt and dress combos a regal appeal that could be transitioned from both cocktail to evening wear. From mini skirt pleats to tops, the colour transitions the resort collection complemented the metallic minimalistic edge theme of the clothing and the models that displayed them. One of the most talked about moments of the five-day fashion parade was on day two when attendees held their breath as popular model Bella Hadid started off the runways collection for Aussie label Misha Collection. Draped in a black lace calf-length skirt with the matching black corset, Bella catapulted to the top of the runway - and the fashion scene - with her infamous pout and slick back ponytail as she waltzed along the runway and took notice of everyone in the room. And if having a mega-model in a fashion show wasn't enough, the finale of the show had many buzzing as the final walk of the models in the collections resort staples strutted to Beyoncé's catchy and empowering 'Formation'.

With Hadid led the pack of glamazons down the runway in a pastel pink mini dress accompanied by a floor length trench coat, the models behind her followed as they all took a stance at the end of the runway to stand in formation. Exuding a sense of womanhood, elegance and sophistication all in one, the Misha Collection stood for what the brand connects to as femininity and girl power. And besides, who wouldn't want that type of essence brought out to the tune of Beyoncé?! Seeing that the designer wasn't taken too kindly by critics for using Beyonce's song, it made sense that a female creative would use the track to lead her all-female cast down the runway in her collection. Now if the models were decked out head-to-toe rocking baby hairs and afros, then I could see the problem. But overall, the song was about empowerment and that's what the brand intended to present itself. The one big problem with the presentation and playing the song as an accompaniment was the lack of diversity on the runway. If you're going to play a powerful song such as 'Formation', it should at least be accompanied by females who embody the lyrics...

Honourable mentions that also caught the eye of fashion attendees and the media, including us here at The 405, are sister duo designers of the brand MacGraw, who brought French Royalty and florals to the fore with playful ruffles and sophisticated bowties. Another contender on our list is couturier Steven Khalil, who redefined the meaning of elegance with see-through fabrics and embellished patterns on floor-length gowns. Often compared to designer-to-the-stars Zuhair Murad for their bedazzled elegance, Khalil redefines his name and collection (with the addition of feathers to add a whimsical effect to his Resort 2017 show).

Making an out of this world landing on the runway by bringing a sense of Iggy Pop glamour was Aussie designing duo Di$count Univer$e. While it may seem similar to Moschino, the glitz and glamour that Di$count Univer$e brings to their pop-art appeal is unique in the way you look at its resort collection. It may seem like it cannot be matched with anything, but the prints are bold in colour yet subtle in size, which makes up for the whole visual of the brand and its pieces. Meant to be worn as statement attire, the resort collection can be mixed with other simple monochrome pieces in your wardrobe, so the main focus of your apparel is the unique boots and coats the brand brings.

With another fashion capital adding another fashion week under their belt, it's time to get ready for Aussie's best to make another return later in the season for another creative collection. Right up there with New York and London, Australia is making waves with their designer roster and impeccable designs and creations. Who knows what they will bring next season? Maybe another supermodel on the rise of stardom? New materials that we haven't seen or heard of before? We're just going to have to wait and see in the coming months when fashion week season makes its rounds for another buzzworthy fashion spectacle.