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The Telegraph's unstoppable Hilary Alexander called it "everything the well-dressed and well-heeled wealthy woman of today could conceivably want in her wardrobe," and we are obliged to agree. What John Galliano is doing with see-through skirts this week, is what Giorgio Armani is doing with tailoring and bow ties. His sharp autumn/winter couture 2008-9 collection, was a walk down memory lane for Armani's history of silhouettes.

In a colour palette consisting almost entirely out of black, white, and varying shades of grey, Armani's latest offering was less risky than what we've seen so far, but will no doubt pay off by its wearability. Corporate chic to the umpteenth degree, his collection featured neat slimline trousers, teamed with delicate suit jackets, with a hint of a masculine bow tie here and there.

The red carpet gowns were flawless as always, and in front of a celeb-dotted crowd including Helen Mirren, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Patricia Arquette, it was clear that Armani, who will soon receive the Légion d'Honneur for services to fashion, had women of all ages in mind.

[Images: Rex Features]