Jackets from snake skin

Category : Snakeskin Fabrics

Snakeskin jackets are some of the hottest trends between wild print fabrics to simple realistic prints, snakeskin jackets are bold statement perfect for jazzing up any outfit.  There are many different ways to wear snakeskin, and not all of them involve killing a bunch of snakes or dealing with unrealistic looking threaded fabrics.

snake skin fabric jacketThe best way to get that animal hide look is to go with a jacket made from faux snakeskin such as vinyl.  Vinyl is a versatile fabric that can be utilized in clothing pieces, accessories, and even shoes.  Vinyl is animal friendly and extremely easy to care for unlike the true animal derived hides found in the older snakeskin fashions.

Celebrities and fans alike have been embracing the animal print trend this season, and even though it is about to be Spring that does not mean that you cannot pick a daring jacket to go with your wardrobe.  There are even many ways to accessorize your jacket with similar prints without going too far.

snakeskin fabric jacketCelebrity, Nicolas Cage has been seen in both movies and print ads wearing a bronze toned snakeskin jacket paired with a simple black t-shirt.  This look allows men to join in on the trends as well.  Men, generally, have a harder time when it comes to incorporating animal prints into their wardrobe as they are typically restricted to snakeskin boots, belts, or wallets.

However, wearing a loud jacket such as the one seen on Nicolas cage is the perfect start to slowly incorporating more snakeskin into male fashions.  Women tend to have less of a problem in selecting the appropriate snakeskin items for their wardrobe, however, a more daring and interesting choice would be to choose to wear a snakeskin print vinyl suit jacket.  When trimmed with black silk or similar fabric it gives this kind of jacket a more sophisticated look.  All you then have to do is to pair it with a simple black dress appropriate for the office.

Snakeskin is a fabric that should not be feared when incorporating into new environments, because if it is done properly the outcome can be a very stylish one.  Jackets of this print do not have to be of the natural animal hide print, they can be all black as well.  There are black snakes, yes, but we generally see more python styled pieces of grey and bronze.

shiny snakeskin fabricAnother interesting way to wear a snakeskin jacket is to choose one that is not only a single color, but that is patent finished, sequined, or shiny in some form.  This kind of finish to a jacket makes it pop when paired with more simplistic pieces.

Do something different and daring with your wardrobe and add a snakeskin jacket to it whether it is natural print or an even more interesting an unnatural print with sequins or bold colors.  This is one style trend that is not going away any time soon, and should last far into next season.

Reptile print bathing suits

Category : Reptile fabrics

This Summer give the water a little scare with some sexy and hot faux snake skin bathing suits.  Reptile prints are in this Spring/Summer season, and the trend could never be sexier.  Designers are rolling out not only snake skin clothing and accessories, but also incorporating snakeskin printed swimsuits as well.  You might be surprised by this as, in general, snakeskin has been a Fall/Winter season material, however, this season there is a twist to the plain of black and grey colored snakeskin of the past.  We will be seeing snakeskin in non-natural colors that are perfectly fitting for summer time.  Bright neons, oranges, pinks, blues, greens, and purples will be all the rage.

Faux snakeskin bathing suit greenTake a simple string bikini and put bright grass green snakeskin print on it, and it turns into something completely different form the norm.  The top and bottom transform into a beautiful and eye-catching swimsuit that will be sure to be spotted from a distance.  Many people may be worrying about the ability to take such swimsuits into the water, however, these swimsuits are practical using the inexpensive vinyl materials that are able to be put in the water without damaging the material.  Unlike regular snakeskin where you must take be careful to not harm the scales and such, but faux snakeskin makes life so much easier.

If you are truly ambitious you can go to your trusted faux snakeskin fabric retailer and make the perfect fitting snakeskin bikini just for you.  You can create a look like the one-piece one-shoulder bright pink snakeskin swimsuit with simple sewing materials such as the bright pink faux snakeskin fabric, a sewing machine, a pattern, and your measurements.  You can simply sew together your pattern with a sewing machine, and you will be ready to wear your trendy swimsuit.

Reptile print fabric swimsuitAnother popular look for the 2011 season is that of the neutral and natural colored snakeskin.  These more natural colored snakeskins are not of the dark variety, but are of the light grey or of the white variety.  These neutral colors are great for individuals who want to look sexy yet sophisticated, while the swimsuits with the bold and bright colors are more for individuals who are daring and want to be noticed.  If you want to step out of your comfort zone, but you are still not willing to were a neon yellow snakeskin bikini, then a simple grass green or purple snakeskin swimsuit may be appropriate for you as the colors are not too bold, but bold enough to make a statement.

All of these fun and wonderful options for snakeskin swimsuits are available in many stores, and are easy enough for you to make on your own.  Even while you are sitting on the beach or by the pool you can accessorize your plan old swimsuit with some snakeskin accessories such as a sexy snakeskin belts or jewelry.  This simple yet small accessories will bring you into the trends for this year, but will speak volumes especially when they are in bright colors.   For the daring and the laid back, there is sure to be a snakeskin inspired swimsuit look just for you.

Snakeskin Coats and Long Skirts by Missoni

Category : Uncategorized

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

Alligator fabric available at MJTrends.com

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.