Snakeskin Coats and Long Skirts by Missoni

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Italian fashion powerhouse, Missoni, has long been known for its eye-catching zig-zag prints and patterns that have made it a status symbol the world over.  For Fall and Winter of 2011 to 2012, the Milanese legend showcased another pattern that is catching just as many eyes and turning just as many heads:  snakeskin.

On the runway, the model showed off a full-length snakeskin coat that was a true show-stealer, putting all eyes on the elegant and hip selection, making it the must-have coat for fall and winter.  The Missoni snakeskin coat was a statement piece that captivated everyone and inevitably became the “statement” that everyone wanted to make with their clothing.

It is not just Missoni that is embracing the trend; snakeskin and other animal prints have been popping up all over the runways and it is evident that the look is here to stay for awhile.  It is being seen in all colors, from muted beiges and greys to bold reds to bright yellows and oranges and on all different types of clothing to accessories. Jimmy Choo showed handbags in all colors, Chloe showed a coat similar to the one by Missoni, Marc Jacobs showed a futuristic snakeskin dress, Valentino showed off knee-high boots, and Gucci showed a retro look with a modern take: a yellow snakeskin and fur waistlength jacket.

The snakeskin look is all about making it your own and doing what you are comfortable with.  If you’re a little snakeskin-shy, a handbag may be a great option for testing out the look; if you’re feeling a little more bold, boots may be the way to go for you; if you whole-heartedly embrace the trend and have a fashion-forward side that loves to be daring, one of the coats or dresses will satisfy your love of snakeskin.

 

Snakeskin Laptop Bags

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Almost everyone loves the new snakeskin trend that is showing up all over European runways, but some people are not daring enough to wear it themselves.  If you love the look but do not think that you can pull it off, the best alternative for you is to incorporate snakeskin into your wardrobe through snakeskin accessories.

Snakeskin Laptop Case

Snakeskin Laptop Case

Although snakeskin can be found on boots, belts, and all other accessories, a snakeskin laptop case can solve two problems, since it is often difficult to find a laptop case that matches your personal flair in a market pervaded by bland options.  Most of the laptop cases on the market are made from nylon and mass produced in China, which is far from being unique, stylish, and exciting.  Most professionals are not able to take part in the fun and fashionable trend that Hollywood stars have been wearing everywhere, but through laptop cases, you are able to walk that delicate balance between conservative and daring that will get you noticed around the office, but in a good way!

 

Snakeskin Laptop Case 2

Snakeskin Laptop Case 2

There are a wide variety of options to fit your personal taste; one of the most striking options is a laptop case made from elaphe, a rat snake commonly found throughout the southeastern United States.  This particular type of skin is white with various shades of brown with diamond shapes as well as smaller patterns that when joined together produce an amazing piece of art.

 

Snakeskin laptop cases come in every color and skin type imaginable, so it is all about finding one to suit your individual personality.  The best part of snakeskin items is that all items made from genuine skin are unique, so, while similar, there are slight differences between each bag, which fashionistas appreciate, as there is nothing more bland than cookie cutter fashion accessories.  You can guarantee that you will never be dull or blend into the crowd with one of these fabulous statement pieces.  A snakeskin laptop case is more like an ancient mosaic than something used for storage.

 

Although it is beautiful, it is also incredibly functional: your laptop fits snugly into the case, secured against scratches and dings and there is plenty of cushioning to ensure that it is well protected. As with other laptop cases, each snakeskin laptop case has its own organizational features for storing flash drives, pens, and other items.

 

While a snakeskin laptop case may be considered an investment, it is well-worth it, as snakeskin is far more durable than other, more traditional fabrics used to make laptop cases.  In most cases, they will not show wear, even after several years of use.  While other laptop cases may only last for a matter of months, one of these laptop cases will, most likely, last for a lifetime.

 

This is the perfect way for professionals to take part in the snakeskin craze that we are seeing everywhere, taking their office accessories from boring to brilliant immediately.  Your laptop case is certain to make your co-workers envious!

 

 

Snake skin handbags

Category : Snakeskin Fabrics

Sienna Millers snake skin handbag

Sienna Millers snake skin handbag

Snakeskin is a beautifully powerful material that inspires many different looks from dress, suits, and pants to handbags, shoes, and accessories.  Faux snakeskin allows for more versatility than real snakeskin, because there are so many different options available with faux snakeskin that are limited by what can be achieved in Mother Nature.  It can come in nearly any color or pattern, and can be metallic or matte.

One fashion item that celebrities and fashionistas cannot live without are snakeskin inspired handbags.  Every woman wants to have only the sexiest and edgiest handbags on the market, and one way to achieve this is to purchase reptilian inspired handbags from designers both high end and low end.  However, due to the fact that many designers, especially high end designers, still incorporate real snakeskin into their lines, it is hard to determine which handbags are what materials.

jacklyn smith snakeskin purse

jacklyn smith snakeskin purse

One handbag design that fashionistas cannot live without are the larger handbags that used faux snakeskin in a gray color.  These beautiful pieces set themselves apart, because their designs can be clearly seen from even far away.  This classic design is best put into a clutch wear the pattern can be more compact or into a large handbag much like the one by Urban Expressions.

This beautiful large Sasha Hobo handbag is the perfect look for people who love big bags.  This is the perfect handbag for the woman on the go who needs to carry everything but the kitchen sink with her.  The v-shaped designs of the separate pieces that make up the handbag give it an interesting look.

michael kors snake skin hand bag

michael kors snake skin hand bag

Another grey faux snakeskin handbag that you are sure to love is that of designer Micheal Kors.  This handbag is glazed and embossed giving a shine to the material that seems very natural.  The shoulder bag’s design is like a python stretched outward, because the circular shape that naturally occurs on a python’s back runs down the middle of the sides of this sexy handbag.

For those who do no not want to carry around a large tote or shoulder bag, a clutch is the perfect option.  There are so many beautifully designed clutches that there are endless options to choose from.  One such option is a black and white Chanel clutch.  The colors of this sexy little clutch may not be naturally occurring, but the look is fabulous.

chanel snakeskin purse

chanel snakeskin purse

This clutch’s white accents are small and only add to the beauty of the piece.  It is a small flat rectangular shape that is a great piece on its own as well as can make a cute wallet.  It would be properly paired with that sexy little black dress hanging in your closet.  Another sexy little clutch is a grey-white faux snakeskin clutch by Florence and Fred.  This clutch is not flat like that of the Chanel clutch, but the design never the less is beautifully displayed in this upright clutch with a classic clasp.  This clutch is great for adding a little oomph to a simple outfit or for pairing with an elegant dress.

There are many different patterns of faux snakeskin handbags from python to metallic embossed vinyl.  There are also many different styles of handbags that incorporate these fabrics such as clutches, shoulder bags, hobo bags, satchels, and many more.

Each handbag obtains its individual beauty from the way that the pattern is laid out whether it be in pieces to create a design as in the Urban Express should bag, or in a completely unnatural pattern such as the ASSOS.COM purple faux snakeskin clutch inspired by Sienna Miller.  Using both natural and man-made fabrics in handbags can be both stunningly beautiful and versatile.

Celebrity Snakeskin

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celebrity snakeskin fabric

Celebrities are sporting snakeskin fabrics.

Snakeskin, a look that has many fashion thoughtful individuals pining for in their wardrobe, has poachers on the hunt to make big bucks out of real snakes.  However, there is an alternative to this cruel and thoughtless behavior which is with the adaptation of faux snakeskin.

We are not talking just any old faux snakeskin, but high quality fashionable vinyl snakeskin.  Snakeskin is most notably featured in accessories such as purses and shoes; however, faux snakeskin is making its appearance more and more in other forms of clothing such as dresses and leggings.  Leggings are so in right now, that a hot pair of faux snakeskin leggings would be perfect.

Speaking of faux snakeskin, celebrities are beginning to embrace the faux snakeskin trend more and more every day.  This is largely due to PETA’s work with having celebrities pledge not to wear animal products like true snakeskin or fur.  Celebrities from all across the globe are pledging not to make the taboo decision to wear real snakeskin.

Celebrities like Mariah Carey, Snooki, Naomi Cambell, Sienna Miller, Emmy Rossum, and Rihanna can be seen wearing all snakeskin outfits both on the red carpet and the runway.  These celebrities look stunning in their animal outfits, but it can be hard to distinguish the faux snakeskin from the real snakeskin.

Mariah Carey always wears the sexiest outfits on the red carpet and while performing.  She can be seen in a sexy form fitting mini snakeskin dress that is tanked on top as well as in a gray snakeskin pattern color.  Mariah Carey looks both playful and beautiful wearing this animal inspired getup, and shows how to wear snakeskin without being too over powering.

Wearing snakeskin inspired fabrics can be a fashion disaster if not paired correctly with other pieces in your ensemble.  This is, because snakeskin inspired fabrics are so powerful on their own that when someone wears snakeskin designs with the wrong pieces it can throw the look completely off.

snooki wearing snakeskin.

Snooki wearing snakeskin.

Snooki, a reality T.V. star from MTV’s Jersey Shore, wears an off the shoulder faux snakeskin inspired look that is a little more flowing that what many expect snakeskin outfits to be.  Snakeskin designs are generally out of true snakeskin, faux leather, or leather.  However, the best way to achieve this look in a much sexier way is to purchase a fabric pattern and have the piece made from faux snakeskin vinyl fabrics, because the look of snakeskin is better suited to faux leather than to cotton or other natural fabric.

Using faux snakeskin vinyl fabrics there are many different options out there depending on the look that you are going for.  Some are stretch, some are not, and some stretch in both ways and others look only good stretched in one way.  There are also so many different faux snakeskin vinyl colors that you can turn an outfit from a simple gray or black snakeskin inspired outfit and turn it into blue or a sexy fun pink.  The options are endless.

Naomi Campbell wearing a snake skin dress.

Naomi Campbell wearing a snake skin dress.

Naomi Cambell has been seen on the runway in a more modern one-piece number of brown snakeskin.  This outfit is a tube top jumper with pants that end at the knees.  This look is both sexy and playful, as it invokes images of childhood clothing.  This one-piece, Naomi paired with a lacey bra, and bold black leather inspired necklace and bracelets.  This look is made even better by the bold yet plain jewelry as it accents the bold snakeskin pattern well.

sienna miller wearing snakeskin fabrics.

Sienna Miller wearing snakeskin fabrics.

The choice of the lacey bra under the tube top gives a subtle oomph to the look.  This kind of large one-piece statement is hard to pull off, but Naomi does it well.  Another snakeskin inspired large statement making piece is that of Sienna Miller on the red carpet sporting a black and bronze metallic faux snakeskin suit with matching leggings instead of trousers.  This metallic faux snakeskin look is both eye catching and powerful, paired with a simple satin blue blouse, this look is classic.  Sienna shows that suits do not have to be boring, and snakeskin inspired suits do not have to be ugly cliché pieces.

Emmy Rossum pulls off a similar look with her all black metallic snakeskin inspired sleeveless dress that is made even more beautiful by her simple choice in makeup and shoes.  The simple dress design stands out, and makes Emmy look gorgeous without the fact that it is faux snakeskin being too overpowering.  Emmy’s look is easily obtained through using simple faux vinyl fabrics, and because the design is so simple almost anyone with sewing experience can achieve this look.

Rihanna's snake skin jacket

Rihanna's snake skin jacket.

Lastly, Rihanna graces us with a faux snakeskin look that can be paired with just about any plain pair of pants or skirt.  Rihanna wears a tan snakeskin inspired ruffed sleeveless top paired with a pair of simple chic white legging pants.  This bold piece paired with the simplistic elements of the white bottoms makes the outfit stand out even more.  The use of less heavy faux snakeskin fabrics allows for the ruffles and details to move and flow.

These sexy celebrity snakeskin inspired looks are hard to distinguish from one another as faux or real snakeskin which is a compliment to the high quality of faux snakeskin seen in fashion houses today, however, it points out the sad fact that real snakeskin is still a coveted item.  More fashion designers should try and choose wonderfully embossed vinyl snakeskin fabrics over those that are real, because it not only saves animals, but it is also far less expensive.  When the same look can be achieved through using faux snakeskin, then why would someone not choose the faux snakeskin option?

Snakeskin fabrics in the media

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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.

Fake snakeskin fabric.

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Haute Commodities: The latest styles in snakeskin

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

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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.

Faux crocodile fabric

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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!

Types of reptile fabric

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Animal prints are all the rage this season, and reptilian fabrics in particular hold an exotic appeal. But what about the animals from which these fabrics are modeled (or sometimes harvested) from? We’ll take you through all the top types of reptile fabric and the scaly creatures that inspired them.

Alligator fabric

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Snakes, including Pythons and Cobras:

Pythons are some of the most popular snakes in the fashion industry, contributing to innumerous handbags, clothing and shoes. Some python handbags can warrant three hundred dollars or more, while python belts can cost in the hundreds. The boa constrictors of South America’s tropical forests have also suffered dearly at the hands of skin hunters there. Though snakeskin providers allege that their snakes are raised on farms, the truth is that most snakes are hunted by villagers in Indonesia for meager profit. The snake is often brutally killed by a meat hook or nail to the head, at which point an incision is made to the length of the snake so that the skin can be pulled off in one piece. The skinned snakes are left to die a slow, agonizing death.

Crocodilians, including Alligators and Crocodiles:

Though they possess a lifespan of thirty to fifty years, it takes only three years for an alligator to reach the marketable size of five to seven feet on a farm. Despite having been on the endangered species list a few decades ago, alligator hides are still lucrative for the fashion industry.  Farms established all across the United States raise alligators to be slaughtered for their skins. As a Trustee of the Reptile Protection Trust, scientist Clifford Warwick laments the reptiles’ treatment on these farms, illuminating that the gators are often skinned alive for the sake of handbags and coats. According to numbers provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Federation, the alligator hide business quadrupled from 1987 to 1995, wherein 200,000 hides were produced; Britain imported four hundred some skins that year alone.

Often crocodiles are farmed in America as well, and meet the same fate as their alligator comrades. Taking a chisel to their spinal cord, the farmers paralyze the reptiles and begin to cut into their skin as they die. Alternatively, the crocodiles may be clubbed to death with a bludgeon by farmers. Crocodiles are also raised in South Africa, Israel and China for their skin. It’s estimated that two million hides are harvested annually worldwide, but this does not include those skins harvested illegally from crocodilian creatures like the Indonesian Komodo dragon or Philippine monitor lizard, also farmed for skin.

Lizards:

While crocodiles declined to the point of being considered endangered species, lizards began to be used in their stead. Lizards, like snakes, play an important role in the ecosystem. Whereas snakes help contain disease and crop damage by keeping the rodent population in check, lizards do the same in regards to insect populations. Argentinean Red Tegu lizards have been exported in the millions for leather trade, dramatically contributing to the species’ overall decline. Meanwhile, African monitor lizards have also been slaughtered in vast amounts for their skin. The radiant skins of the Amazon Basin’s Caiman Lizards are also south after for boots, such as those manufactured by the Tony Lama Boot Company. One pair of boots required the skin of four lizards and could have a price tag of up to a thousand dollars.

Though it threatens the lives of several rare species of reptiles, the luxury reptile trade nevertheless continues to thrive. Consumers need to be aware of the living creatures whose lives are sacrificed for the sake of their wardrobe. Rather than support the brutalization of these animals, consumers should try to buy faux reptile fabrics, like mock-croc and faux snakeskin goods, as well as materials like PVC, patent leather, and other artificial, man-made materials.