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Let’s Hear It For The Boy

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Results are in: Robert Geller has been named GQ and the CFDA’s Best New Menswear Designer in America. The winnings? $50,000 cash and a limited-edition collection for Levi’s. The 32-year-old Hamburg-born designer was anointed by a panel composed of Thom Browne, CFDA executive director Steven Kolb, GQ creative director Jim Moore, GQ editor in chief Jim Nelson, Levi’s VP of merchandising Steve Evans, and Kevin Harter, VP of fashion direction for Bloomingdale’s. That makes it an awfully big day for Geller, who’s also showing this evening (and couldn’t be reached for comment). When we caught up with him at the contest’s Wednesday night presentation party (read our party report here), he was trying not to lose the “mellow vibe” of the menswear industry. “You’re presenting what you have, so it’s a little bit of a passive role. But it’s a competition in the end, and you do want to win it.” Which is why, later tonight, Geller is going to have some not-so-mellow celebrating to do. Next stop, womenswear?

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

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