This Summer: Snake is the New Leopard

Alexander McQueen's reptile-patterned, digitally-printed dresses and shoes for spring stalked more than slithered down the runway, kick-starting the season's craze for serpent-patterned pieces.

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This silk-jersey day dress works in town or on vacay. Add a cardi, sky high espadrilles, and go. Diane von Furstenberg Ferdon Snake-Print Dress, $300 at Net-a-Porter.
Alexander McQueen
Pay tribute to McQueen’s artistic genius with this unforgettable snake-inspired piece from his spring collection. Alexander McQueen Snake Silk Chiffon Dress, $4,775 at Alexander McQueen.
Chick Downtown
We don’t dream of leaving home in springtime without a luxe, lightweight scarf. We’re loving the neutral snakeskin print of this pashmina and silk fringed beauty. Tolani Snakeskin Print Scarf, $99 at Chick Downtown.
Econscious Market
Husband-and-wife design team Ashley Lowengrub and Dara Gerson forge their pieces in downtown Los Angeles from 100 percent reclaimed metals. Alkemie Snake Bracelet, $150 at Econscious Market, where $12 of this purchase will be donated to non-profits.
Trade up from your usual (read: boring) clutch to this red carpet-worthy gold lambskin minaudière with Swarovski crystal-embellished hand-carved serpent detail. Raven Kauffman Gold Snake Minaudière, $1,610 at Vivre.
Matthew Williamson
So what if you don’t live a life of leisure, just pretend. The silhouette of this rainbow colored caftan harkens back to the fabulous, genteel ‘60s, but the snake print brings it thoroughly into this century. Matthew Williamson Rainbow Snake Chiffon Eyelet Kaftan, $1,695 at Matthew Williamson.
Luisa Viaroma
A stunning tangle of serpents in gold-tone tin and brass with turquoise enamel and Swarovski crystal detailing is elegant enough for evening, but you could rock it by day too. Lanvin Snake Necklace, $2,736.90 at Luisa Viaroma.
Bergdorf Goodman
Any black dress will do once you slip on these statement-making peep toe platform cage numbers. Yowza! Jimmy Choo Strappy Snake Cage Sandal, $1,295 at Bergdorf Goodman.
The Hip Chick
Blind date alert: Forget the LBD; this killer snake print piece is now your go-to, knock ‘em dead frock. Laila Azhar Split Shoulder Twist Dress, $368 at The Hip Chick.
You’ve got a floral print and a geometric one too. Opt for an almost psychedelic snakeskin pattern as well. Roxy Ray Of Light Bikini Top, $38.99 and Bottoms, $32.99 at Tilly’s.
Tory Burch
A simple sheath is all punched up when done in a blue python print. Tory Burch Carly Dress, on sale $245 at Tory Burch.
This twisty black and white snake print scarf with small silver studs and unfinished edges will banish goose bumps on chilly days. American Retro Snake Scarf, $58 at ShopBop.
Bona Drag
This chunky oxidized sterling silver snake ring with rhinestones and two zircons is the signature accessory you’ve been searching for. Iosselliani Snake Ring, $422 at Bona Drag.
Pixie Market
With all that slithering who knew snakes had bones? In any case, they make for great graphics. Belle Sauvage Snake Bone Leggings, $178 at Pixie Market.
Urban Outfitters
These boxy sunglasses are a simple and truly inexpensive way to introduce a touch of snakeskin patterning to your look. Snake Top Rectangle Sunglasses, $16 at Urban Outfitters.
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