Come slither

Photos and text by Anna Lopriore

Economy of scale dominates Tokyo street fashion this fall as reptile skin is tamed, tanned and dyed into hip handbags, chic belts, sexy sandals and sleek pants. Slip in to those fuchsia snakeskin slingbacks without a worry. This trend won' weigh heavy on your conscience or wallet. The season's best accessories and duds are honed from first-rate faux-leather, in keeping with fashion's PC stance. So it's snakeskin-print tights and python-tipped cowboy boots for the Takeshita gals and little baguette bags and reptile heels for the more sophisticated.

Pink snakeskin cowboy hat, JY1980 at SOS Market
Pink snakeskin sandals, JY10,000 at Strawberry Fields
Purple snakeprint tights, JY3500 at Flower
Yellow snakeskin belt, JY1200 at Nice
Purple snakeskin bag, JY15,000 by DKNY
Snakeskin sandals, JY28,000 by Ordinary People at Via Bus Stop

SOS Market, Takeshita Dori 1-16-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku (03-3478-5858)
Strawberry Fields, Address Promenade, 17-4 Daikanyama (03-5428-0155)
DKNY, Isetan dept store. 4F, 3-14-1 Shinjuku (03-3552-1111)
Via Bus Stop, 6-19-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku (03-3499-4888)
Flower, B1, 1-3-10, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku (03-5489-1603)
Nice, 5-27-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku (03-3406-4047)

Ash 03-3770-3755
Clinique TCA
Club Boy Beau
Crunch 03-5459-123-
Dr. Allen Leroy Robinson
Hair Dressers Archecal 03-0449-6106
Hayato New York 03-3498-9113
Japan Electrolysis Clinic (Ginza)
Maiko Make Over Studio Shiki
My Boo Nail Salon 03-5428-1121
Neal's Yard Natural Therapy Center
Roksen Bar Cosmetic 03-5658-7675
Sin Den
Takagi Skin Clinic
Tokyo Skin Clinic
Toni&Guy Japan 03-3797-5790
Watanabe Hair Dressing 03-3405-1188
Who Ga 03-5570-1773

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