So much has changed in the world since last season and it seems to me that a shift in what women wear is inevitable.
For several seasons now the dress has been the queen of our wardrobes, and dresses are brilliant - throw one on and you’re ready to rock. And therein lies the problem; it’s too easy. Perhaps working a little harder to achieve a more composed look would better reflect these brave new times.
Could the answer to this lie in the rebirth of the skirt as a central piece to women’s wardrobes? Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be getting rid of the 500 dresses in my wardrobe.
But I am being drawn towards the diversity of a skirt and the excitement of its styling challenges - it’s a great way to introduce colour in early spring.
A bright, printed skirt is toned down with a cashmere sweater and boots, or into the evening with a blouse and cinched-in belt. I love the 1950s aesthetic of full, high-waisted skirts.
They are incredibly feminine, and when worn in a fresh, modern context, skirts give us power dressing for 2009.
Spring 09 marked my label’s 10th year and to celebrate this I’ve launched a ‘birthday’ skirt made from archive raw silk fabrics that I’ve hoarded away over the years. It has also given me the chance to reuse some of my favourite prints. Each skirt is unique, which our stockists have loved and bought into despite September’s stormy economic climate.
Sales feedback is good - it appears customers are falling under the spell of the cheerful swirl of a skirt, which is a true statement piece. So with a positive start, we step purposefully into our next decade - wearing a skirt of course.
Ann Louise Roswald owns and designs her eponymous contemporary womenswear label