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The Rodnik Band.


The Rodnik Band is seriously one of the most intense, original fashion labels out there. Approved by the Royal Family. Brainchild of designer Philip Colbert.

Based on Modern and Pop Art, Colbert takes the artists' original ideas as immortalized through art history and recreates them in clothing, usually providing the wearer with an unconventional silhouette, and always provided that the wearer dons them with whimsy.

Band of one, you ask? Yes! The Rodnik Band is, indeed, a band with Philip Colbert as lead singer. His music takes older, popular songs of the time and, with some new lyrics, makes the song relevant to whatever show or collection is on display. While I much rather prefer the originals, I completely appreciate the clever merging of art, fashion, and music, which almost always appear in the same places, but are never one entity.
Here is his song for the collection Venus in Sequins, a "revised" (is that an appropriate word?) version of Velvet Underground's Venus in Furs.

Well, Venus in Sequins was probably The Rodnik's Band most successful collection to date, for whatever reason (other than the amount of hand-sequined detail and linoprinting awesomeness). I personally enjoy Pop Till You Drop, Column Dressing, and Conceptual Material a whole lot more. Maybe it's because the last two are more focused on the style and and pattern, and not so much color. For conceptual material, the darker pieces resonate a lot more with me, though I wish I could tell you why other than the bold pops of red used in those ones, with white as more of a "helper" color to bring the piece and the collection together. Black and white are usually the basis of a "basic" look, with pops of color being used as shock factor, but not so with these pieces. 
For Column Dressing, I was rolling all over my floor in utter excitement. I love Ionic columns with a passion. In elementary school, we were taught the difference between Corinthian and Ionic columns, and I always thought the Corinthians' were a little too much for me to handle. The cleverness of this column-inspired line is mind-blowing, to me at least. I can see a  reference to the Ionic column and a newspaper column. I think there's something about fish scales and music in there, which I don't think I get. But hey! Wearable and clever all at the same time!























Pop Till You Drop is bangin' with the coolest primary colors (and one or two secondary/tertiary ones), in styles that'll have die-hard mod girls running for the hills. I don't really have a penchant for maxis, but I'd be all over these bright beauties in a heartbeat. The entire collection somehow manages to far supersede any expectations and is about as far away from meh as you can imagine, but not to the point there it's overwhelming. Colbert's astounding use of color and pattern to create a put-together, yet individually unique collection is truly admirable. 
Conceptual Material was general perfection, and seems to beg the question about what came first, the chicken or the egg? ...Or a banana....or perhaps Marcel Duchamp's "The Fountain"?
Venus in Sequins didn't really do it for me as a collection, just because I couldn't really pinpoint an obvious clever thing going on, other than...y'know, sequins. Which might've been the whole point. While some of the pieces were extremely cheeky (not quite ludicrous), this look stood out to me most for its simplicity, elegance, palette, and design. Eye-catching, but it doesn't look like you ran into a Warhol painting and came out solarized, polarized, and overly saturated. I do think this collection would have been better in the Conceptual Material collection, but who doesn't love a good rotary dial phone? (I have one, so I'm biased. They're so much fun!)

Read more here and here (about 5 articles in).