February 04, 2008 New York
His formula? Tux jacket with jeans, at all times of the day and night. Or sometimes, tux jacket with sweatpants. "You can't go wrong," he insists. It's the kind of dressy rocker look you might associate with his close friend Dave Gahan. For the rest of us, the designer is pushing a tailored blazer-and-denim pairing. While the European connection was broken just as Lindeberg's shows were getting interesting (largely thanks to their use of extravagant volume), the duo has gone back to a pared-down look in New York, as in the signature low-belting trench and the lean tux shirts. At least lapels are wider. "That narrow lapel? I'm not feeling so rock 'n' roll," says Johan.