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.
Haute Commodities: The latest styles in snakeskin
Jimmy Choo Suede & Snakeskin Sneakers
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
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?
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 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!