This past weekend, every serpent rejoiced as the pomp and circumstance roared through the air to usher in the Chinese New Year, which will belong to the Black Water Snake until January 2014, the Year of the Green Wood Horse; your writer is a Yellow Earth Horse, for the record. Snakes have exceptional taste, an appreciation for beauty, and are very stylish and fashionable. Coincidentally, the trends for the spring and summer of 2013 call for animal prints, including – you guessed it – snake print. Allow Louisville.com to help you channel your inner serpent – whether you’re a Snake or another member of the Chinese Zodiac – as this year slithers forward into your closet.
Let us begin with shoes and accessories, as those are the easiest to come by as far as owning a bit of python is concerned. For instance, Christian Dior offers a two-for-one on-trend combo with a pair of nude python print pumps  made in Italy from calfskin. Wear these to your next charity ball, and you’ll feel like Jennifer Lawrence – the current face of the House of Dior – on any given red carpet. Pair them up with a black python clutch  from MICHAEL Michael Kors, which is lined in cotton (mouth), has magnetic clasp, and can hold few credit cards along with your ID. Add a matching belt  from the same line – and in the same color – and you are as good as gold.
Dresses, bottoms and tops are up next, so with the above accessories in mind, start off with like this magnificent blue long-sleeve dress from Just Cavalli , or this white dress from Milly  with a metallic snake panel. If that doesn’t float you down the Nile, this Proenza Schouler printed long-sleeve  or this blue chiffon blouse from Equipment  will more than wrap their coils around your body. Downstairs, DKNY  has a nude-ish pair of jeggings while Calvin Klein  has printed twill for the workplace.
Finally, we come to jewelry. Style&co. has a watch for you  so you’ll always know what time it is without having to dig through your purse, Fossil has a few wrist wraps such as this one here , Kenneth Jay Lane has 22-karat brooch , and Lanvin pulls an Ouroboros around your neck .
If you’re looking to go snake hunting, Rodes , Clodhoppers , Glasscock  and any number of luxury boutiques will be happy to help charm a few cobras into your shopping bag. Happy Year of the Black Water Snake to you all.