Mood board: Giorgio Armani entitled his fall show 'black velvet' and it wasn't hard to see why. The rich inky fabric gave new gravitas to Armani's sleek cropped pants, long coats and cropped jackets all of which were cleaned up to great effect.

Best in show: The simpler the better; we loved the way fluid black velvet trousers were worn as separates with clean-cut, oat coloured buttery wool jackets and ponchos. Also lovely were the pure-cut cocoon coats with bold print worn (again) with nothing but a pair of basic black velvet pants.

Finishing touches: Armani did right by his accessories, keeping them simple and subtle. Low sloping flat leather booties and pointed toe flat sandals looked great as did small hard case purses that were swept clean of tricks and unnecessary colour.