By Aaron de Silva
Now that China is officially the world’s Number One consumer of luxury goods, you can expect the fashion and luxury universe to flirt wholeheartedly with the Middle Kingdom’s cultural traditions. It’s already happening: witness the proliferation of Dragon-themed watches in 2012. As the Year of the Snake approaches, python has emerged as the top exotic skin (or print) of choice not just on bags and shoes as convention dictates, but on clothing as well. Here are our picks of the most alluring snakeskin renditions.