Robert Geller isn’t a stranger to the fashion world, and is quite a well-known German born, American fashion designer. Graduating with a degree in fashion design from RISD in 2001, Geller quickly joined Marc Jacobs shortly after. Moving to New York, Geller met Alexandre Plokhov and the two launched menswear label Cloak. Come 2004, Geller left the label and launched a women’s ready-to-wear line called Harald, which helped him come back into fashion’s limelight by securing the financial means to start designing under his own name. Finally, in 2007, the emergence of Robert Geller menswear came that Fall, which debuted at New York Fashion Week.
Hailing from Hamburg, Geller’s childhood was mainly spent growing up near the shore. For Spring Summer 2016, Geller pays homage to his roots by incorporating those windy summers of his youth along with water, wind and the ever so beautiful billowing sails. Fabrics appear to be sun bleached and crackle-like textures are apparent references to the dusty sturdiness of sails — as well as anything that has ever been altered by the touch of saltwater and sun. A color palette similar to that of a Nordic sunset contain washed out browns, indigo, reds and navy.
Movement was certainly a major factor throughout the show: embroidered water droplets of ocean spray that ornate blazers, shirts and trousers resurface as prints on shorts and pants. It is light breaking the surface of a wavy sea during a beautiful sunset. The best example of movement was shown on the final look, which consisted of a black blazer worn over a v-neck, and a black coat that was tied around the waist.
Roping, a common theme for this collection, serves as decor on shirt collars and are worn as belts in the signature Robert Geller style (on top of an open jacket) and through interlaced ties. There was also the introduction of bags, a first for Geller, in collaboration with Japanese brand SIWA. Made of durable paper fabric, there is a grit as well as a comfort factor entwined. The hardness of life at the [North] sea combined with the poetic touches of it’s beauty, Robert Geller delivered a collection that remains true to the brand’s as well as his own personal DNA.
Robert Geller Spring/Summer 2016