Yesterday, we reported on GQ‘s and the CFDA’s second annual Best New Menswear Designers in America contest, whose six finalists were feted Wednesday evening at Rockefeller Plaza. OutKast’s Andre Benjamin and his new clothing line Benjamin Bixby may have seemed like the crowd favorite, but the winner is New York’s own Robert Geller, GQ announced this morning.
The German-born Mr. Geller, who is a favorite at the influential downtown men’s boutique Odin, began a traineeship at Marc Jacobs after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001, and launched his eponymous men’s wear line for the fall 2007 season.
He’s now the winner of $50,000 in cash and the chance to design a limited-edition collection for Levi’s. “We were wowed by the singularity of Robert Geller’s vision, and we think he’s a significant … new force in the American men’s fashion scene,” GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson said in a statement. And what good timing! Mr. Geller shows his fall 2009 collection in a space on 11th Avenue tonight at 6 p.m.