//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js'%20defer%20onload='’ defer onload=’In the world of fashion, how do we know that an item/style/print is “cool”? Well, if it gets a cosign from coveted skate brand Supreme — you know, the once-underground label known for its bright red box logo and last year’s hugely successful, super-exclusive Louis Vuitton x Supreme collab — that’s a pretty solid start.
//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js'%20defer%20onload='’ defer onload=’Back in November, the luxury streetwear label — which recently signed a 500 million dollar deal with The Carlyle Group — let loose another quick-to-sell-out collaboration, this one with Levi’s, featuring multiple snakeskin print styles. Downtown It girl Mellany Sanchez — formerly of KITH and Vogue, now stylist to Drake — nabbed the python-on-white overalls, pairing them with mismatched Maison Margiela boots for a head-turning yet streamlined look. (Sanchez isn’t the first to employ this technique. See: Balmain’s Spring 2017 runway show.)
//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js'%20defer%20onload='’ defer onload=’That same month, Rihanna paid homage to Queen Nefertiti on the cover of Vogue Arabia. The singer, style icon, designer and beauty mogul wore a replica of the Egyptian ruler’s iconic blue headpiece, a coordinating snakeskin jacket and heavy teal eye makeup.
And in case a Supreme, Rihanna and Vogue endorsement isn’t enough to convince you that snakeskin print is having a fashion moment, allow us to direct your attention to the recent Milanese runways. At Tod’s, we saw snakeskin-effect button-downs teamed with python-trimmed natural linen sets. Natacha Ramsay-Levi filled Chloé’s lineup with trophy items, among them python booties, pants, skirts, dresses and half-zip shirts. She even took her bow in the latter. (View the full collection here. It’s full of brilliant Westernwear-inspired styling ideas.)
Bottega Veneta gave us 60s-style skirt suits done, unexpectedly, in suede (up top) and yellow snakeskin (down below). Python (and python-mimicking) prints also showed up at Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi and Gucci —and not just in accessories form. Ferragamo dressed Bella Hadid in a slithery halter neck dress; Karl Lagerfeld put Adwoa Aboah in a boa-inspired cutout-sleeve coat. Across the pond, Baja East, makers of luxe-but-attainable clothes, showed a snakeskin-inspired knit jumper that had everyone talking.
True python is, of course, an exotic skin, and thus surrounded by a whole lot of controversy. As with the fur trade, the python trade raises concerns about wildlife conservation, sustainability, supply chain transparency and animal welfare issues. Luxury brands like Gucci, Hermes, Dior, Prada and so forth source their python from Southeast Asia, where captive-bred pythons are hung on hooks and skinned alive and poor people are able to make a living by illegally hunting wild pythons and selling the skins to fashion industry vendors. (Fashionista did a deep dive into the true cost of a python bags back in 2014. It’s definitely worth a read.) So you can see why we’re championing python print.
But back to the fun stuff. How does one wear snakeskin IRL? Well, there’s the mismatching colors option demonstrated by Balmain and Sanchez. Generally speaking, though, you want to wear your faux snakeskin with neutral (or pastel) pieces and contrasting textures. For instance, observe how Dylana Suarez teamed teal-tinged boa bellbottoms with a creamy woven cardigan and vintage fur jacket.
…Or how Margaret Zhang (of Shine by Three) styled her outsize snakeskin rain jacket with heavily fringed, basic black denim, black statement heels, a ladylike pearl headband and giant gold circle earrings.
Isn’t it odd — and wonderful — how snakeskin can be so loud and yet so minimalist? Ahead, our favorite python-inspired pieces to shop right now.
Kelsey Skirt, $90 at Revolve
Glow Two Tone Mules, $120 at Topshop
Rainbow Snakeskin-Effect Leather Backless Loafers, $456 at Matches Fashion
Adidas by Stella McCartney
Climastorm Printed Shell Jacket, $108 at Net-a-Porter
Snakeskin Coat, $3,432 at Farfetch
Printed Leather Crossbody-Clutch Bag, $59.90 at Zara
Snakeskin Print Flared Trousers, $519 at Farfetch
Barrow Lace-Up Boots, $275 at Free People
Pant 297, $528 at Forward by Elyse Walker
Wide Faux Snakeskin Belt, $19.99 at Urban Outfitters
Sabine Snake-Effect Suede Slingback Pumps, $270 at Net-a-Porter
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela
Silver Snake Shopping Tote, $315 at SSENSE
Snake Print Flares, $64 at ASOS
Snake Skin Effect Ankle Boots, $647 at Farfetch
KG By Kurt Geiger
Ride Snake Print Ankle Boots, $267 at ASOS
Snake Print Minimal Jacket, $43 at ASOS
Cimarron Snakeskin-Print Shirtdress, $376 at Matches Fashion
Fleur Du Mal
Snakeskin Print Bodice, $245 at Farfetch
Elizabeth and James
Market Shopper Small Snake-Effect Leather Tote, $345 at Net-a-Porter
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