The only thing better than buying a new bag is buying a new bag on sale. Lucky for you, the BCBGMAXAZRIA Tejus Leather Satchel ($99, originally $198) is unbelievably stylish, totally easy to wear, and – best of all – 50 percent off. The cross-body design is perfect for both work and weekend, and the python paneling adds that extra bit of luxury. Get it while it's hot!
Based on the major sale happening, it appears M Z Wallace is looking to clean up shop. And who can blame them for wanting to do a little Summer cleaning? I'll certainly reap the benefits! If you remember, last August I was breaking in my new M Z, and I'm itching to add another to my collection. This year, I've got my eye on the snake print Ella ($148, originally $295). Cute, but sssssassy.
S-s-s-Snakeskin, be it the print or the actual skin (ew?), is a Spring trend that's showing up on clothing (Christopher Kane), bags (Gucci), shoes (Dolce & Gabbana), and anything else it can get its slithery self onto. But let's zoom in on bags because they're as luxurious as luxurious gets. If you don't like the thought of carrying a bag made with real snakeskin, opt for snake-embossed; there are plenty of slick ones to choose from!
Zagliani bags may be pretty, but they're not cheap: this Zagliani Metallic Python Handbag is $2,865. Jennifer Lopez loves hers, but I'm not sure if I could love one of my own, even if I could afford it.
The bags are designed by dermatologist-turned-designer Mauro Orietti-Carella, who injects the python skin bags with silicone, causing the plumped look. How very Nip/Tuck! So, after knowing the bag background, what do you think?
Snakeskin has been very in-demand for Fall — designers like Jimmy Choo, Calvin Klein, Prada, Fendi, YSL, and Roberto Cavalli have all made use of it on their bags and shoes.
Yesterday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, condemned the practice, saying, "A python has a hose shoved down its throat, is blown up with water then skinned alive. Then it's tossed onto a pile and is left, sometimes for days, before it dies. The trade is pushing many species towards extinction and the endangered species of tomorrow can be seen in the luxury shops of today." Gnarly.
Designers claim to use skins from "farmed" pythons, but experts say there is a thriving illegal trade, endangering the python population in Southeast Asia.
What do you think: should designers continue to use python?
Welcome to Part II of Mighty Python Handbags. It looks like sneaky snakes are sticking around for Spring . These decadent designer handbags made from leather and suede are now featuring fierce accents. Python trim is the next big thing. Here's a look at a few new python adorned handbags.
The new Quilted Canvas and Python Stam Bag by Marc Jacobs, $1,375, has finally arrived! I can't wait to check it out. I wonder if the lovely Jessica Stam already has hers? This signature structured bag by Marc Jacobs is made from PVC-coated canvas with python trim, gold hardware and studded accents.
The Juta/Python Frame Bag by Prada, $1,890, has a structured frame with sturdy and beautiful braided handles. It also has a detachable ID tag and a magnetic snap closure.
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I know some of you are anti-fur, and you are entitled to be. But how do you feel about reptiles? In particular, the latest crop of mighty python handbags? Python is an undeniably luxe and opulent material. Cleopatra wore these slithering snakes as bracelets during her reign and we all know she knew how to accessorize. With these status symbols you too can dangle a python from your wrist, in theory at least. Check these out:
Furla 'Ursula' East/West Shopper, on sale for $299.90 (originally $450).
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