Céline Jonathan Saunders Marc Jacobs
At the start of each season, we are bombarded with images in the fashion press of the new trends which have emerged from the international catwalks.
But designers today can no longer dicate what we wear, and these new shapes and styles tend to add to the fashion landscape rather than change it.
This 'fashion freedom' really hit home recently when I was clicking through the latest articles on vogue.co.uk. In 'Top 10 Skirts', Matches buyer Natalie Kingham selected her favourite skirts from the recent round of autumn/winter shows, including the three styles I've posted here. It was quite amazing to see the sheer variety in just her small edit, truly something for everyone.
It should be said that fashion's increasing focus on the individual does bring with it its own set of challenges. The sheer number of styles that now regularly fill the stores, as well as the myriad colours and prints available, can mean that for many, shopping can be a daunting and time consuming experience - two of the main reasons why many of my clients now rely on me to provide this service for them.
But despite these modern day 'challenges', I think most of us would favour consumer choice over designer dictat any day. I know I do!
Click here to see Natalie's Top 10 Skirts.