This season, Giorgio Armani took a houndstooth check as his starting point, he enlarged it and abstracted it until it became a jaunty graphic woven into a jacquard and cut into tailored cigarette trousers, capes, and neat, narrow-shouldered jackets. But whether or not these clothes are your thing, this mostly-black collection served as a reminder that Mr Armani is the undisputed king of the red carpet. Not only because Cate Blanchett looked ravishing front row, but because every gown did wonders for the body, and really, when it comes to event dressing isn’t that what any woman really cares about? They just want to look good and there were plenty of options here, from one-shouldered numbers with sweeping bows on the shoulder or sashes knotted at the waist, but the most standout were rendered in black velvet, strapless, or with sweetheart necklines and trimmed in Swarovski crystal ropes. And if the gowns didn’t appeal, the black velvet tux jacket, again, edged in crystal rope, was killer.