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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).

LOVE AND WARAW17 REFLECTS THE DIVISIVE SPIRIT OF OUR TIMES: ENTITLED LOVE AND WAR, THE COLLECTION REFERENCES MILITARIZATION, PROTEST AND REVOLT, MIRRORING THE CURRENT POLITICAL FRUSTRATION, YET TRYING TO SHOW A SENSE OF OPTIMISM.
HERE, THE PROTEST MANIFESTS AS PEACEFUL RESISTANCE, OPPOSITION TO VIOLENCE, IT’S A MILITIA, A CIVILIAN MILITARY, STRENGTHENED BY THE UNITY OF THE PEOPLE AND THEIR PROTECTION OF VALUES.
AS ALWAYS WITHIN THE ROBERT GELLER VOCABULARY ALL NEGATIVITY ALSO BEARS POSITIVITY AND OUT OF THE NEED FOR PROTECTION ARISES AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, AND A STRENGTHENED SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY.AT THE DESIGN LEVEL THIS TRANSLATES INTO A SUBLIMATION OF PROTEST INSPIRED GEAR, ELEVATING THE CONCEPT OF PROTECTIVE AND FUNCTIONAL CLOTHING AND INSERTING CODES FOR LOVE AND COMPASSION THROUGH COLOR AND SOFTNESS, BALANCING THE UNDERLYING ANGER.

MILITARY REFERENCES ARE SEEN IN NAPOLEONIC INSPIRED EPAULETTES, SHARP TAILORING IN VESTS AND COATS, THAT FEATURE BRUSHED WOOLS AND RENDER THE TYPICAL ROBERT GELLER WORN IN, AGED, ROMANTIC LOOK.
THEY ARE OFTEN COMPLEMENTED WITH HISTORIC MILITARY EMBROIDERIES. A GARMENT DYED DEEP RED NYLON BOMBER JACKET HAS A SHRUNKEN LOOK AND IS FASTENED TOGETHER VIA A HOOK-AND-EYE METAL ORNAMENT, THAT ALSO APPEARS ON THE MORE TAILORED JACKETS.

THERE IS A CAMOUFLAGE THEME THAT WINDS ITSELF THROUGH THE COLLECTION LIKE A RED THREAD: PROMINENT PIECES INCLUDE A DOUBLE BREASTED WAXED COTTON COAT THAT COMES IN A GREY AND PURPLE CAMOUFLAGE PRINT, AS WELL AS IN A MORE TONED DOWN, SOLID, OLIVE GREEN VERSION. CAMO BOUCLE CASHMERE SWEATERS AND PANTS ARE PAIRED TOGETHER AND HINT AT A CERTAIN PREPAREDNESS TO MARCH IN COLD WEATHER, ULTRA PROTECTIVE OUTERWEAR IS LAYERED WITH HOT PINK AND YELLOW NEOPRENE FACE MASKS, SCUBA HOODS AND GLOVES.

THIS SEASON’S COLLABORATION WITH COMMON PROJECT FEATURES A “COMBAT-SNEAKER” THAT COMES IN BLACK, BROWN, AND BURGUNDY AS WELL AS A TREKKING SHOE IN CHARCOAL AND NAVY.