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Robert Geller

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GRITTY ROMANCE

New York: Robert Geller’s collections always promise poetry and romance and F/W 10 was no exception. Explaining that his inspiration was, “A wayward youth descended from royalty who dresses roughly, but has not forgotten the style of his noble forebears,” the show was full of the inky colors, daring stripes and the nostalgic dandyism Geller is so adept at conjuring. A woolen cape with dark awning stripes topped a wine-colored striped suit for a fanciful look, while a contrast-collar chambray shirt was worn under a double-faced navy and black suit, getting just a touch of foppish attitude from a frayed pocket square and rogue-ish derby. While a fur stole might seem extreme, it was styled with exposed button-fly pants and a rope belt that grounded the entire look. As in previous seasons, Geller managed to take us back to a distant, romantic past — this time to the gritty streets of a turn-of-the-century London — while still creating clothes that feel very of-the-moment.

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