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Exclusive: Designer Robert Geller on His Favorite Look From His New Collection

Geller_061311_key.jpgWe're asking top designers to pick one look from their Spring/Summer 2011 collections and to explain the inspiration behind the item, how it was fabricated, and — of course — how to wear it. This week, Robert Geller tells the story behind his denim shirt.

Ever since I did the collaboration with Levi's, I've been interested in working with denim of different weights and washes. On this particular shirt, we used 11-ounce denim on the body and 12.5-ounce denim on the collar, which gives it a nice formality. It has a structure, a heaviness to it. The wash of the denims are different too — the body's kind of lighter than the collar, which is a cool contrast. As for the three-quarter-length sleeve, it was something I saw a lot in Japan and got inspired by, so we made a prototype, and I have to say, it looks great.

geller_061311_2.jpgAbove, left to right: Geller styling one of his models, the shirt on Geller's Spring/Summer 2011 runway

We'd never done that before, but people are really responding to that part of the shirt. You can wear it so many different ways in the summertime: with a longer-sleeve shirt underneath, layered and unbuttoned over a T-shirt, or even buttoned all the way up with a pair of jeans in the same wash.

By Robert Geller

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