Designer Inspiration Boards: The Rodnik Band

17/02/2011 10:59 | Updated 22 May 2015

With London Fashion Week around the corner, we're all getting excited to see what we'll be wearing next autumn and whether we'll still be paying homage to the 1970s or unearthing something completely different from the depths of our wardrobes.

Sketches from The Rodnik Band's AW 2011 collection. The Rodnik Band

We thought we'd go behind-the-scenes with some designers showing at London Fashion Week and get the inside scoop on what their inspirations are this season. While the finished product is what we'll ultimately be wearing (or wishing we were), there's nothing more fascinating than seeing how something that struck the designer's imagination - whether it's Hitchcock's heroines or the Alps - gets transformed into a coveted coat or pair of trousers.

The Rodnik Bank, designed by Philip Colbert , is inspired by elements in the modern art world. As Colbert says of the collection, "it's wearable art!"

Sketches from The Rodnik Band's AW 2011 collection. The Rodnik Band

"The satire of art felt like the perfect inspiration, to make humorous references that are accessible in conceptual meaning, such as Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (urinal) and capture an ironic take on 'wearable art,'" says Colbert. "I was inspired by the allure and mystical value that art represents, the value, status, and luxury that the iconic works imply, and the humour of translating this in clothes."

"My new A/W collection which I am showing on the 18th of Feb is titled 'Venus in Sequins.' I have written a song of the same name homaging 'Venus in Furs' by the Velvet Underground, as a contextual reference to the avent-garde art scene in new work that has influenced the designs. I have developed the collection with intense embroidery and sequin work; I wanted to make each piece with the sparkle and detail that would make the outfits feel like works of craftsmanship and art. The artists referenced range from Duchamp, Warhol, Oldenburg, Dali and Wieselman."

A still from The Rodnik Band's video, with designer Philip Colbert as Warhol. The Rodnik Band

We always said fashion was like a work of art - and we can't wait to see that mantra in action. Philip Colbert will be presenting The Rodnik Band collection on 18 February.

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