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Published: 28 Feb 2013

Fashion Week A/W 13-14: Skeleton Tree Prints


Silhouettes of bare, wintry trees are emerging as an important print trend for Autumn/Winter 2013, with English designer Gareth Pugh being the latest to showcase the print in Paris yesterday. Spindly outlines of branches crept up the hems of his ghostly, structured silhouettes. The effect was darkly romantic and worked with Pugh’s impressive collection, which had a couture feel.

In London, Greek designer Mary Katrantzou showed the print in haunting, twilight hues as part of her silhouette-focused monochrome collection. The designer moved away from her classic bright prints for a darker aesthetic predominantly focused on form and shape, and the skeleton forest prints bridged the gap between this new direction and her previous offerings.

Similarly, Italian fashion label Marni took a step back from print this season at Milan Fashion Week, showing a minimal, art-deco-inspired collection and favouring fur as a key detail instead. However, the tree prints towards the end of the collection served as a nod to the brand’s print heritage and mirrored the forest silhouette reflected on the walls of the catwalk space.

See our London and New York catwalk reports for more print and pattern highlights for A/W 13-14.