Interview: Dieter De Cock – Head designer at Cold Method

Last week I got the chance to interview Dieter De Cock, head designer at Cold Method. This talented designer, born in Belgium, started his carreer at Stephan Schneider. In 2006 he became a designer at Viktor & Rolf for their men’s line. After a short stop-over at the denim orientated Blue Blood he became head designer for Dutch men’s fashion label Cold Method in 2009. I met up with Dieter at his place in the centre of Amsterdam for my first interview on CommeDesLeRoi.com.

How are you doing/what are you working on right now?

I’m doing great thank you. It’s always a pleasure to start at a brand and create a new collection. We’ve just finished up Fall/Winter 2011/2012 (See photo for a sneak peak on some sketches). All the designs are at our manufacturer now, so we have to wait like a month or so, before we can see the first prototypes. I’m really looking forward to that.

I already did some preperations for Spring/Summer 2012. You know it really comes natural to me to just continue and keep creating new designs. Just because I finished one collection doesn’t mean I can have a break. I already have in mind what I want to do with the Spring/Summer collection of 2012. Something just popped up and I start drawing.

How do you get inspired for a collection?

I can get inpired by anything: Feelings, movies, music, experiences, photography, magazines etc.

Did you want to become a designer when you where little?

No, not when I was little. I always was creative person, and so was my mom. She had a store for sewing supplies and therefore I grew up with the right ingredients. When I started at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (Belgium) I fell in love with fashion and creating fashion. Here I began exploring and traveling to places like London and Paris. Everything began when I moved from a small village in Belgium to the city of Ghent.

Tell me something about Dieter?

I am a striver, someone who works hard to get things done. Sometimes I see myself as a work-a-holic, but it’s worth the effort. I try to stay true to myself and be grounded. I think that it is much appreciated in the fashion industry. So you won’t see any diva behavior from me. I just stay focussed, grounded and open to everyone. I really love to have people around me and spend time with friends. I am a true people person.

What is your goal in life?

I live life day by day.

What are your favorite brands?

I wear a lot of Cold Method pieces ofcourse. I am a big fan of  Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent, but I also love what Acne and Filippa K are doing. I oftenly try to wear classics or basics and mix it up with something edgy.

Where do you shop?

I usually stumble upon something. I don’t have a particular shop where I go to. It’s pretty boring actually but I love to find a piece at a store I have never visited. And when I go shopping I like to visit Antwerp.

What do you think about the style of Dutch men?

They are doing much better than before. When I first came to the Netherlands four years ago to work for Viktor & Rolf I really didn’t see how I was supposed to get inspired here. I came from Antwerp at that moment and you could see the difference between the Dutch and Belgian men. Dutch men weren’t innovative with fashion back then. Nowadays it’s different, Dutch men (particularly in Amsterdam) do spend more time in front of the mirror and try to look good.

What are the do’s and dont’s for men this winter?

Buy basics and dare to mix & match colours and fabrics. Wear boots nonchalant with rolled up trousers.
The biggest don’t for men this winter are Uggs… just don’t do it.

Can you tell me something about the Spring / Summer 2011 collection of Cold Method?

I mixed casual with formal and gave it a little twist. Tight cuts for tops and the bottoms are more loose. I used a lot of black and white and spiced it up with dark sexy colours like blue and grey sand. We also added some prints for the t-shirts. The prints are more creative and handcrafted.

Do you follow blogs? If yes, which one?

Yes, I follow yours ;). Other blogs on my bookmarks: TheFashionisto, Mykromag, Coute Que Coute and Selectism.

Beige vest – Cold Method . Blue Blouse – H&M . Black Jeans – Nudie . Leather Boots – Jimmy Choo . Black handbag – Cold Method . Grey Sweater – Viktor & Rolf . Grey Knitted Cardigan – Cold Method . Checked Shirt – Cold Method . Leather Jacket – Cold Method

Cold Method is available at:

Cold Method Store
Wolvenstraat 10
1016 EP  AMSTERDAM

De Bijenkorf
Dam 1
1012 JS  AMSTERDAM (and in Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Eindhoven and Arnhem)

2PR
Oude Hoogstraat 10
1012 CE  AMSTERDAM

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  1. Cliff

    Nice interview!!

    Well done Lee!

    Big greetings from “middle of nowhere”..also known as Herzogenaurach, Germany 🙂

    Reply
  2. Bart Sluijs

    Ik vond het interessant om te lezen, leuk in elkaar gezet. Coole interview.
    Ben benieuwd wat voor volgende interviews er komen. Keep up the good work zou ik zeggen.

    Reply
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