My early childhood is filled with fun memories. But the funny thing is that most of them, though I know I didn’t watch a lot of TV, are of TV. I think it’s because that was the beginning of my personal love story with writing. I didn’t know that’s what it was at the time, but I now know that the reason I always enjoyed TV and movies so much was because I was watching stories and characters unfold that expanded my own imagination.
I’m the second to youngest of six children so I grew up being exposed to a lot of different kinds of shows, mostly age inappropriate ones. I saw Aliens and Freddy Krueger by the time I was 5 or so. And man, I remember watching Space Balls all the time, though I didn’t get the jokes, but I’d pretend like I did because I wanted my older brothers to be proud of me. But there were a few child appropriate shows I really enjoyed, my favorite of which was Snoopy. Okay, Charlie Brown, but really Snoopy.
I was too young to really remember a lot, but I remember watching Snoopy surfing, totally enthralled in it for some reason. So enthralled that there’s even a picture of me when I’m 3 or 4 where I’m watching it with my face probably only 2 inches away. That’s how into it I was. That same movie, Snoopy, Come Home, man, I watched that every day. I just loved how deep it was for a cartoon. Here Snoopy is, and he keeps getting kicked out of everywhere because they don’t allow dogs, and then he feels like Charlie Brown doesn’t even notice him so, when he receives a letter from a sick girl in the hospital, he runs away. Well, Charlie Brown notices. He becomes totally depressed. As a total animal lover, it’s one of the best love stories of all time. LOL. I haven’t seen it in years, but I still sing the chorus from one of the sad songs all the time. “Come home, Snoopy, come home. Come home. Come home!” It just resonated with me and still does for some reason.
I don’t think I really saw any other Peanuts shows, but I did read the cartoon every Sunday. I had this kinship with Snoopy, though I didn’t really care much about most of the other characters. Well, Woodstock was cute.
When I got older (I was around 8), I learned that my second cousin (once removed, twice removed?), had actually been the voice of Charlie Brown for a while. I couldn’t believe it. I was related to someone from Snoopy! Which, at the time, was seriously even cooler than when Sylvester Stallone came to tour our house to see if he wanted to buy it. Yup, that’s how cool it was to my young self. A young self who was also obsessed with Rambo. I met her years later and that childhood excitement came back. I lost that excitement about Snoopy for a very long time, totally forgetting about it when I became an adult, until I found out about the collaboration between the British Pop Art designer The Rodnik Band and Peanuts. Now, all those memories have flooded back and I’m kind of finding myself obsessed with the clothes from this collaboration since we all love bringing our childhood into our adulthood (or is that just me?) I mean, I was the girl in high school wearing Rainbow Bright and Care Bears t-shirts and would totally still wear those at 31 years old! Though now they’d be paired with leather and/or studs to take the sweetness out of them. I sure do love a good outfit that’s a total oxymoron.
If you haven’t heard of The Rodnik Band (which I can’t judge you for because I hadn’t either until I heard about this collection) it’s time you really looked them up. They’re huge into the pop art movement (his style has had him described as the “godson of Andy Warhol,”) and have been doing pop art for a while even though it’s really only come into season this Spring/Summer 2014 season. Honestly, probably because of him. That’s why not even the top designers can do the movement with the carefree flair that The Rodnik Band achieves. Because seriously, who else can make an outfit with a print of Sunny Side-Up eggs look fashionable and cool? They were the perfect (and kind of only good choice) to pair up with Peanuts.
This collaboration has everything one could want. From pants, jackets, and shirts printed over and over again with Snoopy’s face, to the fun zig-zags that every Charlie Brown fan knows. There’s literally almost every aspect of a Peanuts cartoon in this collection. And they have them in all kinds of pieces where you can do just a little Snoopy up to a lot. And feel like doing it a little girlier? They added a special collection with the French online store Collette with Belle, Snoopy’s girlfriend. This one has some especially cute stuff. I really like the items with the girly dog eyes as a print.
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If you like this collaboration (or like the gist of it but don’t like Peanuts), then I definitely suggest checking out the other collections by The Rodnik Band. They have some really crazy stuff (Campbell’s soup can dress, anyone?). Even if it’s too crazy for you to wear, you have to check it out for the mere artistry of it. Because after all is said and done, that’s what Philip Colbert (the man behind the line) is. He’s a true artist who’s chosen clothes as his media. And dang, does he do it well.
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