Giorgio Armani: The era of power dressing is over

Designer says women no longer dress to earn respect but says fashion still boosts confidence

Giorgio Armani believes the era of power-dressing is over.

The acclaimed designer said women no longer need to wear powerful-looking clothes in order to earn respect from their peers, but fashion is still a confidence-booster.

Giorgio Armani believes the era of power dressing is over ©RexSpeaking in a new interview, Armani said: "[Women] have edged out their standing in the world.

"Today, they don't have to wear a suit jacket to prove their authority."

Yet style is still every inch as relevant as it's always been, as he went on to say women's interest in style isn't waning - as fashion will always make us feel more confident.

The 78-year-old Italian designer added to the German edition of Elle magazine: "Still women need fashion to boost their feeling, to lift them into a higher sphere."

Giorgio Armani's shrewd understanding of what women want when it comes to fashion means he's still one of the leading fashion designers on the planet.

At the Golden Globes 2013, his fashion house's designs were some of the biggest hits on the red carpet.

Golden Globes 2013: Jodie Foster and Olivia Munn both wowed in Giorgio Armani on the red carpet ©RexActress Jodie Foster, who collected the Cecil B. DeMille Award on the night, showcased one of his designs - stepping out in a midnight-blue beaded gown, complete with asymmetric neckline.

The legendary star's gown featured a flattering sweetheart neckline, with contrasting light-blue straps around her neck.

She wasn't the only star to wear Armani and make the Best Dressed list either, as Olivia Munn wowed in a bandeau pillar dress from his collection.

The actress' look featured a turquoise-beaded bodice, making way to an opposing pillar black skirt that helped highlight her slim figure.