Designer profile: Ever want to wear a crustacean? Rodnik can help

Rodnik Spring 2012

Rodnik Spring 2012

Equal parts designer, rock star, and artist, Philip Colbert’s need to stand out is driven by anything from art inspiration (think Warhol, Duchamp, and the like), to rock royalty. His womenswear line, Rodnik, follows suit.

Rodnik started as a duo with Colbert and Richard Ascott, with their designs focused around Russian folk–inspired knit scarves, with celebs like Peaches Geldof, Sienna Miller, and Lily Cole donning their early collections. In the last few years Rodnik has become what Colbert describes as a “much more fun adventure.” Part of the adventure—are you ready for this?—is in the publicity stunts. Starting in 2009 the Rodnik Band—the label presented as an ironic fashion band, where songs are developed based on a collection concept—has recorded and toured, showing at stores and fashion weeks worldwide. We want to party with this guy.

Nowadays Colbert is on his own (Ascott left Rodnik in early 2008), and he’s been working hard to develop the spirit of the brand. “I wanted my new collection to scream, with a self awareness and acknowledgment that fashion is ridiculous—even absurd—but that’s why I love it, and that’s what makes it an art.” His latest line looks like a mix between Steve Zissou, One Fish Two Fish by Dr. Seuss, and a B52s music video, and we love it. There’s also a video to match, which makes us love it even more.

Rodnik’s latest collection for Spring 2012 is the most exciting yet, but you’ll still have to wait a while to get your hands on most of it. One Rodnik T-shirt, co-designed by the Environmental Justice Foundation is available now, with all proceeds going to the charity, and the rest launching in December.

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