Published October 15, 2010
Usually you can find a little snakeskin in street-minded clothes like boots or jackets, like some long-lost ode to the glory days of python-panted ’80s rock bands. But when snakes started showing up on the 2011 resort runways, there was a whole other kind of infestation going on. Designers from Kors to Wang have taken their cruise collections past all levels of restraint, incorporating snakeskin, as a leather or a print, into the jet-set basics. A paper-light python-printed silk trench slithered down the runway at Lanvin. Louboutin presented sandy, thigh-high boa-skin boots. Even Stella McCartney, a confirmed vegetarian, embraced the trend (at least aesthetically) with delicately draped, python-printed satin camisoles.