That seductive serpent in Eden may have taken the rap for Adam and Eves fall, but to the ancient Greeks and Romans, snakes represented wisdom and immortality. In any case, the lowly reptile is enjoying a high-fashion profile. Slick python skins and prints showed up in fall and spring collections from Tom Ford, Proenza Schouler and J. Crew. And since February marks the start of the Chinese celebration of the Year of the Snake, theres more reason to recognize its cunning chic.
Here, some suggestions for reptile accessorizing:
Legs have all the fun with so many choices of embellished and textured tights. But thanks to Essies new magnetic metallic Repstyle collection, nails can buff up an ensemble, too. Heres how it works: Apply one coat and then paint the second on one nail at a time. While still wet, hold the magnet top of the polish as close as possible to each nail without touching. In about five seconds, a snakeskin pattern appears. Repeat until all 10 tips look venomously attractive. Available in six shades. $11.25 each at www.essie.com.
Kilian Hennessys new collection of perfumes, In the Garden of Good & Evil, plays on the myth of original sin with a trio of scents: Good Girl Gone Bad, Forbidden Games and In the City of Sin. Each swoon-worthy fragrance, a different blend of sweet fruit, spice and woody notes, is housed in a lacquered white clutch with a serpent ornament. Use with guile. 1.7 ounces, $245 at www.saksfifthavenue.com.
It might be the one time a snake wrapping its way around your hand is acceptable. Jennifer Lopez puts a finger on the year of the snake with a dazzling ring made with black and clear crystals. Available at Kohls and Kohls.com, $28.