On the way out of Neiman Marcus (Man, they're hunting department just ain't what it used to be!) the other day my daughter remarked that our shopping bags "looked like alligator skin." I hoisted one of the silver bags to examine it and saw that sure enough the heavy paper was embossed with an alligator skin pattern. I didn't give the pattern much thought until later that evening when I saw it again on a set of bedroom furniture in a catalog. Since then I've seen the pattern, as well as both real alligator and crocodile skin, on a number of products in catalogs, stores, and in magazines leading me to believe that reptiles are back "in" fashion.