Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Chicks and Pythons

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Chicks and pythons.  Say those two words together to a snake person and their first thought will be diarrhea.  Most pythons don’t do well on a baby chick diet.  It gives them the runs.  When I was a boy we had a chicken hatchery nearby and baby chicks were fifteen cents each while mice were a buck fifty.  Needless to say some of my pythons had the trots.  But that’s another story.  This story properly told would continue with something about chicks and pythons that has something to do with women and snakes.  In this case it goes like this:  

I dug around a little on that so-kelly alligator bag advert from the NYT Magazine on Sunday and stumbled on The Purse Blog, which describes the reptilian grip as the “the quintissential combination of skin and tone from the House of Hermes.”   So here’s the thing, if you scroll down The Purse Blog to read what afficionados write about that so-kelly alligator bag and then jump over to, say, this description of a pastel mystic python clutch or this one of shopping for just the right accessory, and the thread of fans who follow-up, there is surprisingly little difference.  Except, of course, one is dead.  I wonder what my fellow Philadelphian Grace Kelly would think of that today.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to The September Issue.  I hear, like most fashion shoots, it’s a herp thriller.

Snakehunting the Oscars

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

If you’re like me, I’m sorry.  But if you’re like me you’re always snake hunting.  You judge the distance between the dumpster and the woods behind your local Target…on road trips, you keep a running ticker in your mind, evaluating the time of day, the temp., and the last time it rained as you look for downed street signs and decaying barns, nodding to whatever the driver has to say about the Phillies or her new problem at work.  You notice snakeskin bags and boots, lizardskin wristwatch straps and business card cases.  You open magazines and look for snakes.  You can find them easily most months in Vanity Fair (e.g., page 9,  March 2009,, and the Sunday New York Times Magazine (page 53,  Feb. 15, 2009 Marc Jacobs –but also look for the reptilian bits this week on the shelves of Yves Saint Laurent, pp. 44-45 (see star tortoise shell?))–really, there is no out of season when it comes to reptiles killed for fashion. 

If you’re like me you try to ID whatever you find from the snatch of skin.  (The correct answer is almost always reticulated python.)  It’s The Year of the Python.   Last year I was invited to where all those python skin fashions begin.  This year, while watching the Oscars you may see a python or two walking the red carpet, or maybe a monitor lizard (on a watch strap) shaking hands with a star, giving you a chance to flip some tin without ever leaving your sofa.  Try it.  You’ll be amazed how much reptile is all around you.