While the music world waited with bated breath for the outcome of Australia's top music awards, fashion lovers wondered whether we'd get anything to top last year's "uterus dress" (thanks, Tove Lo) or Montaigne's excellent "people over profit" chest make-up.
Sadly, this year's ARIAs fell short of the mark for shock value but there were plenty of interesting looks. These were some of the best.
One word: SLAY. The beauty queen, model and TV host perfected the rock goddess look in Balmain, styled to perfection by Donny Galella. Take a bow, DG, you have won the day.
A close second place for this Mariam Seddiq jacket dress, which was still being stitched to The Bachelorette star on Tuesday afternoon. But what's that written on her hand? Shopping list? Jarrod's last known whereabouts?
Sure, she looks like she borrowed one of Jessie Murphy's Brownlow cast-offs but it's shimmery, figure hugging and delicious. But the length is a bit neither here nor there. Love that she left the hair unkempt and the make-up just edgy enough to rise above Disney Princess comparisons.
We Adore this girl, not only for her amazing songs and lyrics but the fact she has come to her second ARIAs looking like a boss, meaning looking like she doesn't give a damn but looking a million bucks at the same time. Casual rock elegance. Love.
Emma 'Wiggle' Watkins
Sorry Em, but as lovely as we find your Dolce & Gabbana frock, we can't help feel its value will be lost on most of the folks here. Meanwhile, blame it on our spring racing hangover but we're hanging out for D&G's sequel to the hydrangea.
OK, I had to Google Katie and her band, All Our Exes Are From Texas, but dang, this demi-ballgown dress with sheer skirt by Perth designer Jonte, matched with black Blunnies is my idea of red carpet heaven. Froth.
And the most creative ...
And the prize for best impersonation of a strawberry milkshake goes too ... wait, there isn't such a prize? Well singer Alli Simpson – sister of the more famous Cody and girlfriend of fellow musician Conrad Sewell – must be at the wrong event.
Maybe this was the dress Sylvia had originally planned to wear to Derby Day? The pretty frock is lovely and lacy and we love the polka dot detail but it's just not right for the ARIAs.
Wins the sustainability award with a dress made entirely from tweezer packets and foam circles. Next year we want to see the beauty blender jumpsuit.