Snakeskin fabrics in the media

Category : Snakeskin Fabrics

Along with other reptilian fabrics, snakeskin is in. Stylish scales can be seen paraded on the accessories and outfits of several big-name celebrities on and off the runway.

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Jimmy Choo Suede & Snakeskin Sneakers

Jimmy choo snakeskin shoes.One of the hottest contributions to snakeskin-themed fashion arrives this year via these extravagant new sneakers from Jimmy Choo. Highly-anticipated for a Spring 2010 release, this foray into sneakers demonstrates that Jimmy Choo can tackle any style and make it look fabulous! The soft blue suede is classy while the brighter vinyl-trimmed snakeskin adds an urban edge fitting for an athletic shoe. Available in both low top and high top varieties, these snakeskin sneakers weigh in at $470 and $630 respectively.

Summer 2010 Air Jordan II: Blue/Black

Another line of sneakers sporting snakeskin this season is the Air Jordan II. Snakeskin can be seen on the sides of these luxurious blue leather trainers, outlined with black piping.  These swank shoes are due for a late summer 2010 release.

Nike Air Force 25 Low Premium: Black Mamba

Not to be outdone, Nike has also released some killer snakeskin sneakers. Inspired by Kobe Bryant’s alias “Black Mamba,” these shoes rock the ebony scales of the serpentine’s namesake. This snakeskin paneling adorning the toe-box, collar, heel and lace looks right at home against the premium black leather base while sharply contrasting against the ice blue and white soles and purple laces. All in all this is a sporting entry from Nike that really plays up the inherent suaveness of snakeskin.

iPhone 3GS Supreme Rose

High fashion pink leather ipod case.Partnering with Milan’s David de Nizza, Liverpool luxury good company Stuart Hughes has taken a page from the runaway by bringing us fashion-savvy techs a pimping new handset for the Apple iPhone. The backs of these gold-studded handsets feature authentic Indonesian python skin in a wide spectrum of colors suited for every taste (or outfit). One of the more glamorous models sports 24ct gold bezel and Swarovski crystals, while others feature embellishments of sapphires and diamonds. These extravagant python iPhones make quite a statement at $2,500 to $10,200.

In addition to an influx of new goods sporting our favorite snakeskin styles, celebs caught sporting such goods have raised the question as to whether the wearing of reptile skins constitutes animal cruelty or not. Though fashion trends are pointing us towards animal accoutrements like snakeskin shoes, media headliners with animal activism leanings suggest that faux reptile fabrics – embellished on fabric bases like faux leather, PVC, patent vinyl, cotton velvet etc. – may be the way to go.

Fashion Faux Pas?

Kylie Minogue carrying a gold snakeskin bag.Pop star sensation Kylie Minogue created quite a media buzz with her extravagant gold python Zagliani shoulder bag way back in 2007. Similiarily, actress Eva Longoria was admonished by animal advocates when seen with her luxurious Prada python-skin bag, not to mention the ranks of high-profile celebs like Kate Moss and Keira Knightley, also sporting snakeskin accessories. However, despite the protests Mariah Carey wearing a snakeskin dress.of organizations like PETA – who went as far to send a personalized letter to Kylie Minogue asking her to stop supporting the snakeskin trade – snakeskin is still making fashion headlines. Take, for example, Mariah Carey in her snakeskin dress (image courtesy of posh24). Likewise, Whitney Port, Cindy Crawford, Nadine Cole, Emily Mortimer, and Naomi Watts have also been recently spotted with snakeskin accessories.  And let’s not forget when in late 2009 Alicia Keys sported some eye-catching metallic snakeskin boots for her live performance at New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

Fashion Activist Stella McCartney speaks out against Python, animal skin fashions

Acclaimed fashion designer Stella McCartney has been held in high regard for her championing against animal cruelty, continually refraining from using any animal hides in her stylish creations. She affirmed this position in a recent fall 2009 interview for InStyle magazine, advocating for consumers to “say no to leather, fur, and python.” In this way Stella McCartney is a rare breed among leaders in the fashion industry by maintaining that wearing animal skins isn’t fashionable at all.

Whether it’s featured in the line-up of latest luxury goods or at the center of fashion-triggered controversies, snakeskin is continuously making headlines in the media! Subscribe to the scaly sensation by flaunting your own snakeskin-inspired styles!

Cosplay costumes with snakeskin

Category : Snakeskin Fabrics

Snakeskin fabric is extremely versatile and likewise has great potential for any number of costumes. Snakeskin possesses an inherent intrigue and mystique due to its pattern, which presents variances in shade and texture. As such, it can play a very effective role in seductress costumes, contributing an exotic allure and sense of dangerous beauty.

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Devil costume with snakeskin print fabric.This devilish diva’s costume plays up snakeskin’s steamy sex appeal to a tee. Here the cinnamon red shades of glimmering polyester snakeskin fabric contrast against the bright reds present in the velvety cape, providing a hard, urban edge to this otherworldly costume. The material is perfect for a chic mini tube-dress, making the overall costume nefariously feminine and deviously delectable.

Black cat costume made from stretch vinyl fabric.Similarly, this black cat costume contributes a sleek, sexy appeal while still remaining playful with its fluffy faux fur trimmings. Though the snakeskin pattern itself is not noticeable against this black polyester material, the light gleaming off the “scales” of the fabric really makes this look come alive. It also pairs perfectly with these PVC patent leather boots pictured.  As a lightweight, stretchy material, polyester snakeskin is the preferred fabric in these feminine costumes (as opposed to PVC) due to its ability to provide movement while hugging curves.

If, on the other hand, a masculine look is desired, it is better attained by using a harder PVC patent vinyl medium. For instance, in these military-style uniforms (pictured left) of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon characters General Kunzite (left) and Nephrite (right), PVC is used to convey the stiff austerity of these generals. Though the original characters’ outfits don’t use snakeskin, it was an ingenious stylistic choice on the part of these costumes’ creator. In Kunzite’s black uniform, the scaly texture plays off the lights and creates an almost metallic effect. Considering the very theatrical look of the character’s authentic costume on the show, and the character’s role as a dark and mysterious but engaging and often charming villain, the choice of snakeskin was a very appropriate choice.

Moreover, the black vinyl snakeskin is rugged and authoritative, conveying the character’s hardened persona as a leader of the generals. Meanwhile, the smooth red, suede-like snakeskin fabric that constitutes Nephrite’s costume reflects the more vulnerable, human side of that character. At the same time, the red and black shades complement the character’s similarly colored hair and ultimately identify the character as a hot-headed villain. Without the addition of snakeskin in these costumes, the intrigue provided by the variances of light and color would be lost.

Snakeskin pimp costume.Likewise, the hot pink snakeskin-patterned PVC fabric used in this gangster pimp costume demonstrates another expert choice for this material. The sleek appearance of the vinyl snakeskin suggests an oily, sleazy personality which the snakeskin pattern (especially in this loud, garish pink) only elaborates upon. Whereas a slick pink suit would typically look out of place for a pimp, the snakeskin print adds an urban toughness that hardens the entire character of the suit. Moreover, variances in color and texture provided by the snakeskin make the costume not only flashy but interesting.

Snakeskin print jacket.Finally, let’s not forget Woody Harrelson’s zombie-killing, snakeskin-clad character in Zombieland! The sharp, rugged snakeskin jacket serves as a distinguishing centerpiece to this otherwise simple, fun costume. Paired with faded blue jeans and a Crocodile Dundee-esque hat, this jacket serves as the ultimate symbol of a toughened, survival-minded individual, and makes no question about its origin; the bold snakeskin pattern is immediately recognizable and thus makes a broad statement. Using snakeskin-styled faux leather, you could easily and inexpensively recreate this jacket for cosplay or everyday wear. (Zombieland photo credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Paired with a variety of colors and fabrics, snakeskin can convey a vast number of moods and personalities, likewise making it a highly adaptive fabric perfect for any number of cosplay or costume projects. Whether you choose to boldly parade snakeskin or wear it more subtly, the fabric always adds something unique and intriguing to your costume. So, when gearing up for your next cosplay convention or costume party, consider incorporating snakeskin fabric into your outfit!