Giorgio Armani Fall Winter 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection

Brace yourself. The brand behind the impeccable suits didn’t focus solely on suits. Of course there were suits, beautiful suits, but Giorgio Armani opted to focus more on separates and worked with the athletic vibe that’s been a major theme for the fall collections. Oh, and lest not forget the handbags. Armani sent a variety of handbags down the runway, from satchels to structured doctor bags, there was a bag for every occasion.

Luscious fabrics and deep colors added depth to the collection of tailored lines. Velvets, leathers, furs added textural dimension, while the rich hues of dark reds, navies, and eggplant contrasted the black base of many of the garments. Oxblood colored velvet pants paired with graphic sweaters in grey, blue, and red begged to be worn in a cabin after a long day on the slopes with a hot toddy in hand. Large grey knit sweaters would be perfect in front of the fire after a day of sledding. Giorgio’s take on the athletic trend leaned more towards the after sport than during. In fact, the entire collection almost seemed like a packing guide for a top executive going away for a long weekend in the Alps. Business suits on Friday, comfortable knits for the night, and jackets to take them in between—with a bag to match to each transition.