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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Right before Snakes on a Plane came out five years ago, a friend and I were so swayed by the pre-opening online hype that we bet MrB that the movie would be a mega-blockbuster. Well, it turned out that the hype was just hype. According to IMDB, the movie’s domestic gross barely topped the production cost. Also all hype? Our bet. My friend and I welched on that trip to Paris we promised MrB, blaming over-consumption of Champagne at the time we made the bet. Not very gentlemanly of us! I should be ashamed … but I’m not.

Click Samuel L. Jackson's screen cap to watch him deliver his famous Snakes on a Plane line.

Anyway, snakeskin — whether real or printed — is going to be big this fall. I see some fabulous offerings from Prada on Bergdorf Goodman‘s website.

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I’ve always liked snake motifs. My Queen of Scots snake pendant and earrings were among my earliest designs.

My Queen of Scots necklace in 18K gold, onyx and diamond. Click to shop.

My Queen of Scots earrings in 18K gold. Click to shop.

My Queen of Scots earrings in silver and rose gold. Click to shop.

I investigated my closet to see how much snake I already have.  I gathered the best pieces together. I believe I’ve had them all at least five years. Good thing I rarely get rid of things!

In the middle of the photo is one of my most treasured possessions — a vintage python jacket by Ossie Clark. Here I am wearing it in 2007.

Note my matching necklace! Click for original post.

The boots are from the late ’90s. Here’s a 2007 photo of them. I still have the jacket and the jeans, of course!

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The snake-print top is by Etro. I’ve had it a long time, but only really got enthused about it this summer. No photos of that yet, so I’ll give you this photo of Gigi with my snakeskin Lulu Guinness clutch instead.

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One thing I did throw out was a pair of shiny, snake-patterned pants in brown and black that I wore to their literal death in the late ’90s. I was sure I had a photo of them, but I can’t find it. Alas! As I recall, I got them at the same time I got my stretchy red capri pants and these leopard pants.

WendyB in 1999.

Now that I think of it, I don’t have those leopard pants or those horrible shoes anymore either, and I’m totally okay with that! Some of my late ’90s clothes were highly questionable.

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24 Responses to “Snakes in My Closet”

  1. Lara says:

    All your snake pieces still look so current!
    I know I have some natural but shiny snake pumps & a bag in my closet somewhere! Thanks for reminding me to dig em out!

  2. The purse and the jacket are fabulous…these are snakes I can handle!

  3. stacy says:

    I love snakeskin too! All of your pieces are great… I wonder how it would look to wear the jacket, top and boots all together!? Gigi is looking like a crisp summer salad in that particular pic!

  4. Megan Mae says:

    oooh! I love snakes/snake stuff. As a self-proclaim Slytherin (lol Harry Potter), I am happy to see snakes back on trend. I would also steal that blue shirt off your back, fyi. Love!~ The jacket is also amazing, and fits you so well.

  5. K-Line says:

    You look so tall in that last shot! And you know I love the snakes.

  6. Eli says:

    Oooh I had a VERY similar pair of snakeskin type boots a good while ago, but mine were green/blue, they were from United Colors of Benetton…gosh I wonder what happened to them?! I wish I were as careful as you in keeping my clothes!

  7. best segue ever .. snake things are so sexy .. great pieces

  8. These snakeskin boots are also very colorblock trendy!

  9. Franca says:

    I’m not big on snake skin, but I love the queen of scots jewellery!

  10. In 20 years time you’ll be mourning those late 90s clothes 😉

  11. I love, love, love the boots!

  12. Am still traumatized from 1997 when a Calvin Klein SA on Madison popped a snake clutch into my unsuspecting hands. But I couldn’t drop it, so I held on tentatively, and gave it right back!

  13. Rosie says:

    Those boots are divine! I’m not usually a fan of snake skin, but the pink and orange make it so fun!

  14. I admire your ‘snake collection’ and relate to keeping beloved items for decades. My rule is that if I could wear something once every 20 years, it’s a keeper.

  15. Susan Tiner says:

    I love the leopard pants! And what’s wrong with those shoes? And now I have dated myself :-).

    Those snake boots look fantastic with jeans. I would totally wear those boots.

    The Queen of Scots pendant is one of my favorites.

  16. Kim says:

    The snake collection is pretty cool for sure – the boots look cool – i would wear them in a second.

  17. Oh, Wendy I just saw this! I also posted yesterday about my new find: snakeskin print coat. Was going to sell it on my Etsy, but thanks to some more sensible bloggers am persuaded to keep the coat. Would you please check it out?


  18. Oh my gosh! That’s a blast from the past! Those boots are just fabulous 🙂

    Love snakeskin though! We have a snakeskin wrap dress in our closet, but that’s about it. Really need a pair of heels and a purse next!

  19. brett says:

    for whatever reason one of our go to jokes around here related to Snakes On A Plane
    i am not a huge fan of snake skin in fashion, but I am so loving both pairs of those earrings!

  20. I love the photo of Gigi and those fab boots!

    See you soon!

  21. Love the Ossie Clark jacket – and the leopard print cocktail pants.