The seductive serpent in Eden may have taken the rap for Adam and Eve’s 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 Jan. 10 marks the start of the Chinese celebration of the Year of the Snake, there’s more reason to recognize its cunning chic.
Clever Cleopatra ruled Egypt and ensnared both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Embrace your own inner temptress by coiling your arm with House of Harlow’s snake cuff. A fashion-forward alternative to the already ho-hum trendlet of stacking bracelets. $93.75 at www.glamboutique.com.
Legs have all the fun with so many choices of embellished and textured tights. But thanks to Essie’s new magnetic metallic Repstyle collection, nails can buff up an ensemble, too. Here’s 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.
There’s nothing coldblooded about Jonathan Adler’s whimsical serpent interpretation on this handcrafted, chain-stitched clutch. An interior zipper pocket and a removable leather strap enhance its utility. Petite dauphine snake clutch, $198 at Jonathan Adler, 1267 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-965-1416 and www.jonathanadler.com.
Kilian Hennessy’s 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.
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