Pop Stars in Snakeskin

Category : Snakeskin Fabrics

Jennifer Lopez wearing snakeskin.

Jennifer Lopez wearing snakeskin.

Pop stars and snakeskin fashion have long gone hand in hand, phasing in and out as animal prints rise into the forefront of fashion and then disappear into the background again.  Some celebrities, like Vanessa Hudgens and Lily Donaldson make the look chic and effortless, while others go a little overboard.

When worn correctly, snakeskin apparel, accessories, and prints offer a fashionable touch of personality to your wardrobe; however, pulling it off takes just the right combination of color, accessories, hair, and makeup to ensure that you are on the “best dressed” list, rather than the worst, a delicate balance of tastefulness and trendiness that must be carefully navigated.

Jennifer Lopez’s “snakeskin everything” outfit has been widely criticized, pairing a snakeskin printed chiffon dress with thigh high snakeskin boots, becoming “too much,” with a busy, dizzying look.  In a surprising turn of events, the celebrity who wears snakeskin best and with the most style is Lady Gaga, who uncharacteristically went simple with her hair, makeup, and accessories, allowing her snakeskin dress to stand on its own as the showcase piece that it is.

Lady Gaga wears snake skin.

Lady Gaga wears snake skin.

While most python looks trend towards neutrals like beige and brown, Lady Gaga added a pop of color to the look with a bright yellow print, updating it and making it truly memorable, in a completely different way than Lady Gaga’s outfits are usually memorable.

When you’re wearing snakeskin fashions, take a page out of Lady Gaga’s book and go simple with your hair, makeup, and accessories: snakeskin makes a statement on its own that can be overshadowed by overdoing your ensemble.  Whether you’re wearing a snakeskin dress or snakeskin pants, learning the lessons on how and how not to wear the look from the pop stars who pioneered the style guarantee that you will be the center of attention wherever you go.

Snake skin fabric accessories

Category : Snakeskin Fabrics

Snake skin is everywhere!  It is in accessories, dresses, tops, and shoes.  The snake skin look has gathered steam from fall fashions to a newly revived spring and summer look. When we generally think of python or snake skin fabrics we think of black, grey, or dark brown colors that match with the fall season’s darker color schemes, however, this coming season the rules have changed.  Now, we are going to see shoes, handbags, belts, jewelry, and more in bright hues of every color and pattern from multi-colored snake skin heels to bright and bold colored snake skin handbags.

Yellow snake skin fabric hand bag.There are many ways to incorporate this funky and fun Spring/Summer trend through both simple and eccentric means.  For those women who find it hard to wear large prints like snake skin in either clothing or large handbags, you can simply accessorize with some hot snake skin strapped watches, a pair of eye-catching multi-colored pumps, or a simple and sleek bright or neutral colored handbags.  Even choosing a snake skin belt this season as opposed to the tired and true black pleather belt is a perfect small way to be trendy this season.

Neutral colored accessories are also in so choose  bright grey, silver, or a white based snake skin accessory and keep it neutral.  Or you could go wild with neon colors that are meant for show stopping.  There are many different options and many different color schemes that you are sure to find the right one for you.  Do not fret about whether your new trending handbag should be large, small, or whatever size as the only trend that matters is the coloring.

Brightly colored snakeskin fabric shoeThe Spring/Summer season invokes a feeling of life and light, therefore we want to be surrounded by the colors that are blooming all around us.  Colors of bright grass green, purple, pink, yellow, and blue allow us to become enveloped with the beauty of the season.   If you really want to get into the spirit of the season, making your own items trendy items is one way to do it.  You can purchase high quality snakeskin fabric at your trusted retailer and just go with the flow.

Pick colors that scream Spring and Summer and you will be sure to hit the nail on the head when it comes to this season’s trends.  Belts and bracelets are some of the simplest homemade items that can be made with snakeskin fabrics, buckles, and stubs.  You can even trend-up your older belts by wrapping around some newly bought snakeskin fabrics giving those last season wears a new life.

Snake skin fabrics and prints are all about having fun, and embracing the beauty of nature, however, this does not have to be done at the expense of not only your wallet but an innocent animal as well.  Choose the inexpensive yet innovative option of faux snakeskin in order to create these newest trends and incorporate them into your wardrobe.

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.

 

Types of reptile fabric

Category : Reptile fabrics

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.