There's something about snakeprint that I just absolutely love, and being as it is touted to be one of the key trends for AW11/12 it's sure to find it's way into your wardrobe at some point. The new season snakeskin has shrugged off it's plasticky, cheap vibe and embraced a far more aesthetically pleasing, luxe look. The key, I think, is to stick with a really natural tone or look to darker shades in the print; anything too bright or in poppy colours will look too summery now and the of-the-moment look is certainly transitional. Especially with the weather we've been having! Hello September, hello autumn seems to be the trend!
My dip into the snakeskin trend has come in the form of the Minelli boots above, and I can confirm, they deliver comfort as well as style. The textured black leather uppers look superluxe with dresses or skinny jeans, just hinting at the serpentine look that everyone is set to covet. The big hitters in boot form this season, on the high street at least, have been the Zara snake ankle boots, and catwalk wise, the Prada boots have been the pair to be seen in, but for something a little less sensational but a lot more practical, these Minelli's have it in spades. Less in your face, they'll be a lot more of a classic purchase, lasting well into seasons beyond and not categorised by their print but by their sophisticated styling.
Equally in this vein, the Peter Kaiser courts are an easy way to nail two trends in one; snake, plus a pointy toe, equals the seasons shoe trends sewn up in a style classy enough to wear to work. For those of us enjoying a last gasp of summer sun before we tuck our tootsies back into tights and boots, the Ravel gladiator style sandals are smart enough to wear with bare legs and a tailored dress, or even dressed down festi-style with little jean shorts, if the weather allows.
The western-styled creation by a newly discovered brand of mine, Fru.It, are completely bonkers but also incredibly directional. I love the bootie style shape to the top, the cut outs and the blocky heel which offsets the snakeskin leather perfectly. These are crying out for a chunky ankle sock and a midi skirt to make them truly fashionised!
If snakeskin shoes are still way too Elvis for you, then try slithering a little bit into your outfit in other ways-a bag for example. This simple clutch by Petite Mendigote isn't shiny, hard or cheap looking like so many snakeskin bags can be; it is the perfect size for everyday and the deep tones of it's colouring will work well with any outfit, adding class without stealing the limelight.
What do you make of snakeprint? Will you be wearing it this season?
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