"I'm a massive feminist and think women should take over everything," said Johan Lindeberg during a preview of his Spring BLK DNM womenswear collection. The outspoken Renaissance-man-about-town has always taken a philosophical approach to his line of well-crafted downtown basics, and strives to continually strengthen the brand's voice. Lately, Lindeberg has been thinking about "women with integrity," like Chloë Sevigny (whom he recently photographed for Absolut Elyx vodka) and Karen Elson, the star of BLK DNM's latest Wild poster campaign, who will be performing at the Lafayette Street flagship store Saturday. They exemplify the kind of confidently cool girls who bring a sense of empowerment to the label's signature jeans, leather perfecto jackets, and tailored suiting, which are core categories every season.
This time around, a new denim silhouette with a relaxed, tomboyish fit was added to the mix, and best-selling bikers were updated in inky blue and color-blocked black and white. Per usual, most of the silhouettes had a masculine edge, but Lindeberg and co. also included more ladylike pieces for a change. A pleated midi skirt was toughened up in black leather, for example, while sporty bombers and a sharp topcoat were cut from delicate organza. The other news here was the introduction of prints—a first for the label. Lindeberg featured Gardar Eide Einarsson's graphic word art on a long silk dress that read "In the Dust of the Planet," and spelled out "Freedom" in bold caps on T-shirts and jackets.