So my Twitter trawl was slightly nostalgic today, with @BritishVogue kindly tweeting The Rodnik Band’s new collection with Peanuts – the famous funny page comic by Charles Schulz, which began with Charlie Brown and ended in 2000 after 17,897 published strips.
Mostly made of Snoopy-bearing separates – crop tees, tube skirts and dresses bombarded with the beloved beagle, who first made an appearance in the strip on October 4th 1950 – the pieces are punchy, fun and of the non-pernickety persuasion. Sorry Lucy.
Easy to wear and feasibly fitting into one’s wardrobe, the collection comes from the loud genius of Philip Colbert, who’s label is ‘inspired by the developments in the modern art world, in particular the work of Marcel Duchamp and the Pop Art movement.’ For his collaboration with Peanuts, Colbert shies away from urinal dresses to take Schulz’ signature strokes and characters, splatter them across simple shapes and then turn up the volume on the comic’s usual colour palette; sky blue, burnt orange and yellow yell out over black and white; Snoopy in repeat becomes a particularly pleasing polka print. In short, it’s everything you’d want from a comic-inspired collection, made more via Colbert’s quirks.
Floored on sight of the Lucy-clad shirt and Charlie-inspired zigzag tube skirts (“Wump,” indeed), it was love at look at this collaboration, which sees UK and US talent combined for a fashion twist on a classic. Apparently, pieces are priced between £29 and £300, which is well worth it when you think about the endless life these timeless characters will bring to your wardrobe. While I seek out a stockist ahead of the September launch, I ponder what Schulz’ Sally would think of the collared B-ball skater – she always did like a printed dress…