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. <a href="" target="_blank">Diane von Furstenberg Ferdon Snake-Print Dress</a>, $300 at Net-a-Porter.
Alexander McQueen
Pay tribute to McQueen’s artistic genius with this unforgettable snake-inspired piece from his spring collection. <a href="" target="_blank">Alexander McQueen Snake Silk Chiffon Dress</a>, $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. <a href="" target="_blank">Tolani Snakeskin Print Scarf</a>, $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. <a href="" target="_blank">Alkemie Snake Bracelet</a>, $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. <a href="" target="_blank">Raven Kauffman Gold Snake Minaudière</a>, $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. <a href="" target="_blank">Matthew Williamson Rainbow Snake Chiffon Eyelet Kaftan</a>, $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. <a href="|CallType=Product&prodId=ADD010&season=actual&gender=women&group=jewellery&des=297&cat=&seasProdID=51I" target="_blank"> Lanvin Snake Necklace</a>, $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! <a href="" target="_blank">Jimmy Choo Strappy Snake Cage Sandal</a>, $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. <a href="" target="_blank">Laila Azhar Split Shoulder Twist Dress</a>, $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. <a href="" target="_blank">Roxy Ray Of Light Bikini Top</a>, $38.99 and <a href="" target="_blank">Bottoms</a>, $32.99 at Tilly’s.
Tory Burch
A simple sheath is all punched up when done in a blue python print. <a href="" target="_blank">Tory Burch Carly Dress</a>, 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. <a href="" target="_blank">American Retro Snake Scarf</a>, $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. <a href="" target="_blank">Iosselliani Snake Ring</a>, $422 at Bona Drag.
Pixie Market
With all that slithering who knew snakes had bones? In any case, they make for great graphics. <a href="" target="_blank">Belle Sauvage Snake Bone Leggings</a>, $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. <a href="" target="_blank">Snake Top Rectangle Sunglasses</a>, $16 at Urban Outfitters.
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