Filled with sharp tailored looks, masculine inspired silhouettes, and clean lines, Giorgio Armani Fall Winter 2013 collection took its inspiration from a place as far away, sartorially speaking, as one could get from those glamorous red carpet gowns. The extensive collection was dominated by outfits in black, gray, white and midnight blue with just a touch of lavender thrown into the mix. Here, the designer also played with different types of fabrics such as his tried and true velvet, but also satin, silk and wool.

In a dark night-inspired color palette of black, grey, ebony, pale blue and purple, the standout pieces appeared as streamlined jackets, double-breasted jackets, cropped jackets, graphic jackets, sequined striped jacket, jumpsuits, fluid cropped pants, velvet tapered pants that unzipped down the sides, pleated-front pants, and number of other pants that held up by suspenders, as well as some beaded tunics, long black velvet dresses, white organza blouses, diamond print sweater, silk peplum top.

Armani called his show Garçonne (in French: a young woman who showed the boyish look tailor-made), which in fact, pants were the main staple of this collection that emphasized the borrowed- from- the- boys- wardrobe feel. But there were also more unexpected options including the dark blue pieces embellished with dots and the geometric motifs, along with well-tailored jackets that sometimes finished off with jawbreaker sized buttons. For evening, the designer offered velvet dresses, sequined pants and ultra-feminine long skirts, sparkling, evening gown with intricate straps, evening pants paired with dazzling sequined tops and organza blouse.

As for accessories, besides the label’s ubiquitous hats (this time berets), other fabulous accessories came out featuring menswear inspired shoes, like pointed-toe oxfords, block-heel loafers, velvet loafers and beautiful, as well as simple bags including doctor shape bags, squat briefcase bags with metal handles in patent leather, velvet and evening soft patent clutches.

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