Snakes On A Runway

May 3, 2009 • Magazine

Snakes On A Runway

Snakes On A Runway

Sun, 2009-05-03 05:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Some fashion trends are particularly polarizing, and one of them is that dramatic look that comes back around every few years, snakeskin. Whether we are talking a simple print or an actual python handbag or pair of shoes, you are either a fan of the attention-getting aspects of rocking something reptile, or you are a little put off by the idea of wearing something that actual snakes shed every so often.

Even if you are an aficionado of exotic skins, there are some rules to wearing snakeskin. For instance, it is best kept to shoes, handbags, belts, and other accessories — it is nearly impossible to pull off reptile-inspired clothing without looking a little reptilian yourself (unless you are Naomi Campbell). Snakeskin in bright colors is also best left to the professionals, or at least limited to fairly small doses. That said, a pair of strappy snakeskin sandals (try saying that three times fast) or a slim clutch in a modern shape add just the right amount of striking texture and pattern to a basic ensemble.

Gladiator sandals are so hot right now, and these Stuart Weitzman sandals are the perfect example of that silhouette with a gray python print that is as subtle as it is edgy. What’s more, they have enough of a platform to be fairly comfortable as well, making them a fantastic summer staple. If you’re strictly a flats girl, these pewter Bernando flats have a stylish slither that’s comfortably casual.

If snakes on your feet aren’t your thing, perhaps snakes on your bag would work. This Banana Republic clutch is large enough for daytime but still sleek enough for evening, and the neutral hue keeps it from being too over the top. On the other hand, if you want to splash out on something snaky, the Michael Kors Templeton python satchel would be a worthy splurge.

Of course, the snake bracelethas been a fashion staple the days of Cleopatra, and no one does it better than Roberto Cavalli. This black and gold bangle is pure exotic luxury that would be fabulous with this summer’s maxi dresses.

If you really love the pattern and want to go all out, try this daring dress by the label What Comes Around Goes Around -the print is subtly snaky rather than blindingly bold. Just add some simple accessories like a brushed metal cuff and leg-lengthening nude pumps and you’ll be right on trend without looking like a fashion victim.

1. Stuart Weitzman ‘Timber’ Gladiator Sandal $365
2. Bernardo Brad $146
3. Bridgeport Python Clutch was: $198, now: $99.99
4. Michael Kors Templeton Python Satchel $3200
5. What Comes Around Goes Around Costa Verde Dress $298
6. Snake Bangles by Roberto Cavalli was: $375.00, now: $187.50

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