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Slither Into Snakeskin: From Alexander Wang to Air Jordan's 'Nightshade's'

Summer has come and gone, but there is one thing in the fashion industry that is not going anywhere soon--snakeskin. While animal prints have found their way into the collections of almost every designer at one point or another, it is snakeskin that has everyone talking this winter! These designs were no strangers to the some of the Fashion Week runway shows, which took place in February, debuting the Spring/Summer 2014 collections, and more recently in September, debuting the Spring/Summer 2015 collections. Even this winter, you can find these designs decorating men and women on the streets of town. Python lavishly wraps its way around Louboutin’s “Debout” stiletto and Dior’s Lady Dior hand-painted handbag. While even Air Jordan’s 11 Retro Low 'Nightshade' sneakers, launched May 5, 2014, incorporate the popular snakeskin, and more recently, the 'Snake' Kobe 9 High EXT, released at Nike Sportswear retailers on November 1, 2014, also features the popular snakeskin.

However, you will not see these snakeskin products, specifically made from that of a python’s skin, like Dior’s hand-painted python handbag referenced above, for sale in the state of California. California Code § 6530(a) “Illegal importation of dead body or parts or products thereof specified species” operative until January 1, 2016, states, “It is unlawful to import into this state for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of any polar bear, leopard, . . . cobra, python, . . . or elephant. The statute goes on to include any crocodile or alligator when it states, “Commencing January 1, 2015, it shall be unlawful to import into this state (California) for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of any crocodile or alligator.”

The snakeskin trend is not just a 2014 fad. Keep it on your fashion radar for 2015 because designers like Roberto Cavalli are incorporating python prints into their collections. Roberto Cavalli debuted his SS15 Men’s Collection on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at London Collections Men, featuring both alligator and python prints. See Roberto Cavalli Instagram page for more details.

What will this mean for future fashion designers in the future if other states start following California's lead?

If you would like to see imitation leather with snakeskin print that does not pertain to California's provision, visit h&m's website. H&M sells both a slingback flat and a sneaker using imitation snakeskin print. Speaking of H&M and Alexander Wang, mentioned above for his snakeskin heel, Wang announced that he would be designing for H&M. The collection was made available on November 6, 2014. See The Fashion Docket facebook or Instagram page for details!

**Please note the image has been created using the InstaFrame App. The original images are from the following websites:

Top Left: Dior; Top Right: Christian Louboutin; Bottom Left; Alexander Wang; Bottom Right: Air Jordan's

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