Is Robert Geller Fashion's Toughest Designer?

Designer Robert Geller on dressing to survive New York City, and the five accessories every man needs.

New York-based fashion designer Robert Geller wants men to feel secure in his clothes—secure not only in the knowledge that they're expertly dressed, but also in a sense of physical well-being. "I want to make clothes that make someone feel like they can endure whatever the world throws at them," says the Hamburg-born designer. Fittingly, his fall/winter 2016 collection, which just showed at New York Fashion Week: Men's, was inspired by the idea of overcoming adversity.

A look from Geller's fall/winter 2016 collection. Photograph courtesy of Robert Geller

Inspired by a German fantasy novel called Momo—in which the title character defends her colorful home against "Men in Gray," a race of parasites who steal time from humans—Geller showed a series of monochromatic looks, ranging from black, to dusky purple, to mustard yellow, unveiled in order of darkest to lightest. A clever and optimistic take on the theme, the designer says it is one of his favorite collections yet.

A look from Geller's fall/winter 2016 collection. Photograph courtesy of Robert Geller

Upon arriving in New York City in 2001, Geller worked with Marc Jacobs, before collaborating with Russian-born designer Alexandre Plokhov on a brand called Cloak. He launched his own line in 2007, winning the coveted GQ/CFDA New Menswear Designer Award not long afterward, in 2009. Safe to say Geller certainly knows the ins and outs of menswear, and what it takes to be a well-dressed man. Here he picks the five essential items every guy needs to face the world—or time-freezing Men in Gray—in style.

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A Watch

"I grew up wearing G-Shock watches," says Geller, who styled them into his fall/winter 2016 collection. Today, he opts for the G-Steel, a grown-up version of his favorite classic.

G-Steel Watch by G-Shock, $350, shopcasio.com.

A Blazer

This is made of a high-quality Japanese knit fabric and Geller says that "there isn't a jacket more comfortable." The classic shape makes it incredibly wearable as well—this is an investment piece to have for years.

The Richard Blazer by Robert Geller, $520, ssense.com.

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A Scent

When it comes to fragrance, Geller swears by Dior's Bois D'argent. "It's the best scent in the world," he says—although he also admits that smelling this good isn't cheap.

Bois D'Argent, $210, dior.com.

A Moisturizer

Geller uses Nivea's classic moisturizer every day. "My dad used it every day, too," he says of the dopp kit staple. "It's inexpensive, and it's good."

Creme by Nivea, $6, amazon.com.

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A Pair of Good Shoes

You'll find Common Projects shoes on the feet of some of the most stylish people in the world—Geller included. He previously collaborated with the brand on this limited-edition style.

Chelsea Boots by Common Projects x Robert Geller, $720, fwrd.com.

For more on the designer, head to robertgeller-ny.com, and to shop the collection, see ssense.com.

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