The really big news about Rodnik, aka: Richard Ascott and Philip Colbert, is not that they met at St. Andrews University while studying history and philosophy, or that they have an exuberantly silly rock band (which performed last night at TopShop), but that their clothes are gorgeously designed, distinctive and wearable.
Though the duo are known for fun Antics and not-taking-themselves-too-seriously, their neat MOD sculptured dresses were seriously cool and well-made. Having started by selling a crochet scarf made from pookh (wool combed from the beards of Russian mountain goats) to Browns and Barneys in 2003, they have evolved into a full fashion brand favored by Julie Gilhart, Lily Cole and Karl Lagerfeld. Yet the fundamental rap about them is that they have stayed sweet and accessible.
"I thought they were selling tee-shirts," explained Nina Stolter from Anthem magazine, about her response when Rich approached us outside the Rivington Arms gallery in New York and invited us to their performance at Barney's New York. 'Wow' she exclaims after seeing the show. Rock on, Rodnik!