UPON GRADUATING FROM THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN IN 2001, ROBERT GELLER BEGAN HIS CAREER IN DESIGN. ENTERING INTO A TRAINEE SHIP AT MARC JACOBS IN NEW YORK CITY, ROBERT ASSISTED IN THE CREATION OF FOUR COLLECTIONS BEFORE LEAVING TO JOIN DESIGNER, ALEXANDRE PLOKHOV TO REVAMP NEW YORK BASED BRAND, CLOAK ; A MENSWEAR LINE THAT WOULD WIN ROBERT AND ALEXANDRE THE ECCO DOMANI FASHION FOUNDATION AWARD IN 2003, FOLLOWED BY A VOGUE / CFDA GRANT IN 2004.FOLLOWING HIS RECRAFTING OF CLOAK, ROBERT LAUNCHED HIS NAMESAKE COLLECTION, ROBERT GELLER, DURING THE FALL / WINTER 2007 SEASON. FOUR COLLECTIONS FOLLOWING, IN FEBRUARY 2009, GQ MAGAZINE NAMED ROBERT AS THE WINNER OF THE “BEST NEW MENSWEAR DESIGNER IN AMERICA” AWARD, AN INITIATIVE ESTABLISHED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COUNCIL OF FASHION DESIGNERS OF AMERICA (CFDA).
Robert Geller’s AW18 collection for his namesake brand, was inspired by his memories of his youth in Hamburg, going to soccer matches every Saturday with friends. “It was one of the most joyous times of my life,” the designer reminisces. “I loved being in the stadium, the adventure of it, and the camaraderie we had.” He fused those moments with both his impressions of Olympic apparel of the ’80s and the athletic uniforms worn by the German army and created an imaginary soccer team from an area of Berlin called Charlottenburg envisioning what the guys supporting this team would wear.
The imagined FC Charlottenburg soccer club’s garments translates into faded jerseys, dusty denims, vintage-looking track suits, army coats…the majority of which it is ornamented with FC Charlottenburg and ROBERT GELLER patches.
While the collection has its signature worn out feel, with its washed cottons, and coated nylons, the intricacy of it lies in the choice of luxurious Japanese fabrics and their elaborate treatment. For example the pigment dyes that result in sophisticated shades of grey, maroon and green. For Robert, this new collection represents modern masculinity, with the Geller man showing pride towards his emotions and past experiences.