I have to admit a consistent craving for animal prints. I love my leopard and have always been fond of any pattern that resembles a snake. To my delight, Spring 2009 is shaping up to be the season of python. It was all over the runways in a multitude of forms and perhaps is the new black or the new white, depending on which warm weather neutral you fancy. That being said, I do practice some degree of restraint when it comes to purchasing feline or reptile-inspired items… Come on ladies you only need one or two great statement pieces to proudly do this permanent fashion trend justice…a great shoe, an It bag, the perfect belt or a sophisticated dress or blouse. Too much is just overkill!!!
In true shopaholic form, I have already found the untouchable pieces that I will dream about and those that will satiate both my appetite and my desire to spend less. Lets start with the bags that I am dying to own… Gucci and Nancy Gonzalez top the list. These two bags are the real deal and will set you back a pretty penny. That said, they are so fab that I just want to make you aware of their very existence. The Gucci Pelham Python Hobo, available at Neiman Marcus is almost $5,000. The ash color and hardware details appeal directly to my semi-rocker chic sensibility, but is also so beyond versatile that it could easily become a seasonless wardrobe staple. The Nancy Gonzalez Croco-Python Tote is equally investment worthy. I adore the rounded handles and the pale color. It is sensual, yet practical and would be my go-to with all of the nudes this season. It is available at Saks and retails for $3,200…a Nancy Gonzalez bargain.
OK, OK…I know you probably can’t afford such a splurge right now, so if you want to get the look for less (god that sounded so “magaziny”), spend a little time on eBay. I found several good faux options that I would buy in a NY minute. The first is the Lauren Python Print Satchel from Big Buddha. The soft multi-toned palette is perfect and will work well with just about anything you wear this season. The second is from a line called Sondra Roberts. This budget-friendly number hits two key Spring trends, python and ruffles and I think the orange color is a must-have! You can probably get your hands on them for about $60 each if you bid intelligently. If you don’t like the eBay frenzy, run to Club Monaco. Their Kira Python Hobo is a great replication of the Nancy Gonzalez version for about $400 and their bold colored Thalia Python Clutch for $129 will add some cheer to any outfit. Now for one of my secrets…Eye Candy on Lafayette just above Houston has amazing faux everything for about $50-$80. Go to the store as the website is limited.
I already featured my absolute favorite Python shoes of the season in last week’s A Shopaholic’s Journal, but of course, I am coveting some others as well. I think the Sergio Rossi Gladiators available for $995 at Intermix or on Net-A-Porter are fantastic. The rounded shape of the vamp (top of the shoe) adds a feminine touch to what is traditionally a more aggressive shoe style and I adore the carmel/ivory tone. Now, I love my heels, but as a stylist/personal shopper, I am always on the go, so I need great flats. The Loeffler Randall Ankle Ballerina is an absolute must-buy and at $395 at Saks, a little easier to digest. These shoes will go with every great little dress in my closet!!! Of course, as mentioned before, flats are just about the only shoes that I think work at a lesser price point and my #1 choice is always Steve Madden. The Skorch Snake Ballet Flat for $70 is the perfect Loeffler knock-off. Trust me, I always get compliments on my Steve Madden warm weather choices. Really no one will ever know!!!
So python is not just for accessories… I am beyond obsessed with the Prada python print silk dresses!! If you have deep pockets they will definitely be your day-to-night outfits of choice. Sultry, easy and oh so chic, these dresses are wardrobe builders that will always be in style. They should be available at Prada stores in March. Of course, since these are out of my league, I found some perfect “low” choices… Hit LaGarconne.com immediately, as they have a great Zimmerman Python Shift Dress on sale for $125. Belt it for a great work or weekend dress!!! Lastly, DVF as per usual, has a plethora of prints that are skin-inspired. The Catalina Dress for $365 is the one I would purchase, as its girly shape is versatile and sophisticated. It is also a great option if you want to break out some skin-like pieces now.
One last honorable wear-now mention… The rocker-meets-uptown, Guanti Python gloves at Neiman Marcus are the perfect accessory for any self-proclaimed fashionista and at $192, how can you pass them up!!!!
Trust me, there will be so many python finds this season, so don’t despair if you can’t afford or just don’t relate to my choices. Python is a great new basic, so use these sexy, rich-looking, skin dazzlers to up your style quotient and slither into Spring!!!!