"Prettiness without a punch can be a bit bland," is how Philip Colbert describes a lot of the clothing he sees on the market. So if you're going to design clothing, it best, in his words, "have that sexy irreverence, humor in what you wear."
He should know--Colbert is behind Rodnik, the British clothing label-slash-band that we've come to know and love for its pop art, tongue-in-cheek designs. You see it in pieces like a washing machine dress or hock-of-ham purse (both from his upcoming spring '13 collection), but if you want it right now look no further than his collaboration with the L.A. DJ and producer Audrey Napoleon.
"She's an amazing girl, gothic inspired, and she looks like Winona Ryder--tall, skinny, and pale but with a really cool look--so the line has a little bit of a pop art twist to that gothic," explains Colbert. You see it in the all-black line, with dresses accented by about-to-blow bombs and sequined skeleton bones. Yes, we're in serious Lydia Deetz territory, but it's not all moody; like anything Rodnik touches, it's clothing you'd want to wear to a party rather than a seance.
Need more proof? He made a fashion movie to celebrate the launch of the collaboration, and we've got the exclusive premiere. Turn your stereo up to 11 and then start planning just where you'll want to wear this out to.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS