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Floppy Hats and the Man-Bolero: Robert Geller's Spring Collection

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The very first line in Robert Geller's show notes is: He "designed the Spring/Summer 2012 collection with the desire to explore a new direction of silhouettes for men." In other words: Uh oh, that can really spell trouble.

But it wasn't as extreme as we feared: Yes, there were some very cropped little jackets and blazers that are going to be challenging to wear; and, yes, the floppy hats were ridiculous—like a kid in his mother's sun hat (or, especially paired with some unfinished edges and super-intricate seaming, like Lanvin). But the boxy shirting and the wider-legged trousers that bottomed out with a crisp taper were lovely. And the (long enough) blazers and outerwear were, as usual, gorgeously fit and covetable.

This was truly a summer collection: Lots of superfine jersey and linen (we loved the wide bar-striped anorak and pants). The shorts were longer, with volume. And we loved the series of extremely loose-knit sweaters, tees and scarves in, essentially, a luxury macro-mesh. That said, the chunky beaded jewelry is better left to Iris Apfel.
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