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New York Fashion Week – Robert Geller – Spring/Summer 2011

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Robert Geller returns this season, not playing wardrobe mix-and-match, but drawing inspiration from a slightly more serious leg of German history– the Berlin student movement. This series of peaceful protests against perceived authoritarian government fell in line with the development of punk rock not too far away in London, and the collection retains a rock-and-roll undertone to its political references. Geller delivered a collection of oxymorons down the runway, reflecting “peaceful protests” in pairing soft fabrics like silk with tough ones like leather, and neutral tones such as olives with energetic brights like red (this is the first time Geller is introducing red into his collection). Sharply tailored blazers, leather jackets and jumpsuits are some key pieces in the collection, and they are often layered with soft basic t-shirts, cardigans, and tailored pinstripe trousers. All we need is a tad of grease in the hair (Geller’s hair stylists had taken care of that), to truly convey the concept of artful student protests for the contemporary man.