Accessories to celebrate the Year of the Snake

The classic snake skin print is back for 2013 style. (Supplied)

The classic snake skin print is back for 2013 style. (Supplied)

JOANNE RICHARD, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

Snakes alive! Take your cue from the reptile that sheds its skin, and get wrapped up in a fresh layer of chic snake print styles for 2013. Be charmed by serpent-inspired accessories in the Year of the Snake, which officially kicks off Feb. 10. And just like the graceful, exciting snake, expect pieces that captivate and fascinate.

“Snake skin is so sssss-ensational - I just had to say that! It will turn any outfit from drab to fab,” says fashion maven Crissi Giamos, of Town Shoes.

“Snake skin has been around for a long time and it just gets fresher looking each season with new colours and shoe and boot styles being added into the mix.”

Slithering onto runways season after season, the classic snake skin print once again wound its ways into a number of 2013 spring collections, including Gucci, Valentino and Redd Krakoff.

According to Heather Hopkins, spokesperson for Gap, “this print makes a strong statement – it’s wild, it’s bold, it’s easily noticed and will add that layer of interest to your look.” When incorporating a snake print into your wardrobes, go small for big impact with one piece at a time – a purse, shoes or jewelry will instantly elevate any look, says Hopkins.

Invest in pieces that will easily take you from day to night, like Banana Republic’s python clutch or round-toe pump, says Hopkins. “Pair either with denim on the weekend for that relaxed yet edgy look, or with a pencil skirt or blazer for a sophisticated work look.”

Adds Giamos: “Head to toe snake makes me dizzy. Keep it clean and simple on top - or not!” Keep your outfit fairly neutral so the snake print footwear is the statement maker. And look for snake prints featuring mint, cream and coral hues in them – perfect for spring.

Expect the unexpected in the Year of the Snake, adds New York designer Jonathan Meizler who offers a twisted and sophisticated collection, labeled Title of Work. His designs challenge what is expected of the traditional men’s symbols of refinement – the tie and tie clip – and add “a defiant twist to any outfit. Pair with a classic suit to make a statement or wear casually for a pop.”


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