Why would any ssssstylish (oh, enough! I’ll sssstop…) woman confine herself to purchasing snakeskin shoes, belts and handbags, especially now, that one could go the whole way with a Python pedi?
In California, (of course), fashionistas are slithering to the source of the trend, a woman called Terri Silacci, who dreamed up this slinky new trend after her son brought home a discarded snake skin.
Vogue’s Sarah Brown reports: “The delicate, almost transparent skin, which looks like very finely embossed parchment, was kindly donated by a four-foot-long female python who shimmied out of it one day, the natural shedding process for snakes as they grow. “Talk about renewable resources!” said Silacci as she laid small, textured pieces from the glossy, tubelike swath—meticulously hand-cut to fit the shape and size of each nail—on my toes between a thick layer of instant-drying gel base color (a deep blue called On the Dark Side) and a chip-resisting clear sealant. “Small snakes are usually my favorite. You get a lot more detail per square inch,” she mused, picking up a very fine artist’s brush, dipping it in a small pot of my accent shade (a metallic gray called Golden Silver), and tracing the ridges of the pattern to give “the outline of the snake some color.” Then she sealed me up with another coat of bulletproof clear and scooted my feet under a UV lamp for several minutes.
And the products come from South Africa!
“Silacci was using products from Bio Sculpture, a company founded in South Africa 22 years ago, for which she serves as ambassador/high priestess of the pedicure. Their formulas—which they describe as the “original no-chip” gel nail lacquers—can be applied directly to the natural nail, skipping the toxic primers and bonders that can leave nails damaged, dehydrated, and generally trashed (I speak from experience). The results dry instantly and last up to eight weeks, miraculously resisting all signs of wear-and-tear.”
It’s $300 which, while rather pricey, is a whole lot cheaper than a snakeskin handbag.
I think it looks rather lovely.
And now I am really worried about myself.