After having just released a well-received collaboration with quintessential American denim label, Levi’s, designer Robert Geller wows crowds again with an imaginative yet wearable Spring/Summer 2010 collection.
Beautiful floral arrangements created by Zinna Christopher sprawling across the walls and pillars create a surreal, fairytale-esque garden as the backdrop to the show. This sets up an interesting ambiance for a collection inspired by the Wirtschaftswunder, Germany’s post-war economic miracle of rapid reconstruction and development in the fifties. The sense of wonderment from a practical yet flourishing optimism shines through a darker palette of midnight blues with pops of emerging electric cobalt blue. The progression of color and styling appear to follow a metaphorical shift from the fictive to aged reality then a grounded modern that looks into the future. Wild imaginative blues on layering baggy shorts over leggings in style of britches segues into to a vintage mustard shade of practicality and reality, and an edgier mix of leather and casual suits that are reminiscent of a modern day James Dean heads down the runway to relate the changing sentiments.
Materials used in collection such as cashmere, silks, jersey and fine-spun cotton create a flowly, comforting feel of spring, remixed with Geller’s signature hint of edge– cozy washed-cotton blazer in light grey contrasts with a cuffed striped pants and a rimmed hat adorned with tulle flowers that made multiple appearances down the runway.
As Geller put it, the collection is what he “would have liked German men of the 1950s to dress when vacationing at the North Sea”. The hardworking man gets a break a la a sense of wanderlust in Jack and the Bean Stalk. Serendipitously, the Wirstschaftswunder seems to be back as economy slowly recuperates with a breath of fresh air.