A photograph and interview with Damir Doma featured in the ‘Mens Style Heroes’ section on GQ Germany, July 2011

Damir Doma He was born in Croatia and raised in Bavaria – today he is one of the most important young designers in Paris. This explains the 30-year-old, what makes his style: Designing had to be a natural step for me. My mother has always been in fashion. My sister and I have always worked as children in her studio. I know fashion from childhood. Two designers: Giorgio Armani’s style because he is a god. Anne Marie Beretta because she is a goddess-section. When I was 12, my heroes were Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin, at 14 and 16 it was the Smashing Pumpkins. As well I always listened to rap. What is on my iPod today: Sigur Rós, Plastikman, Trent Reznor. David Bowie is the greatest hero of all time style. Ed Hardy Shirts, Boat Shoes, Polo Shirts – I don’t abhor any garments themselves. The problem is not the fashion, but the people who wear them. The guy in the Ed Hardy shirt is either nasty, or he just has no taste. But really I find next to men wearing wetsuits at the disco. Cashmere. No material I like better. I am a cyclist and I’ve recently bought a city bike. The Paris metro is pure horror. It has the potential to ruin your whole day. My favorite collection of the last ten years: Stefano Pilati’s fall / winter 2008 collection for YSL. He was brave, the styling was superb, energetic stage extremely beautiful and the music. I am often stuck in the Gothic corner. Western people associate the color black usually with something dark and sad. For me it is black but for elegance, depth, serenity and balance. The elegant color? Then I can give no absolute answer. I definitely love dark tones in my collections – not just black. The main thing, the color matches the person. I was born in Croatia, grew up in the Bavarian countryside. Every phase of life had an impact on my aesthetic sensibilities. Croatia stands for folklore. In Germany, I think of clear and simple lines of orderliness and sobriety. France is beauty, elegance and pride. However, one can compare fashion with architecture, but also whether they are similar, is another matter. Carlo Scarpa is certainly one of my favorite architects.

My favorite beer garden is the “lake house” in Munich. What message would you put on a white tee shirt? “Never forget”. Must-have winter accessory? A cashmere scarf and a pair of paper-thin leather gloves. What are three must-have items in a good mens wardrobe? A long beautiful coat. Disguise you would rent for a costume party? A monkey costume! The detail that kills fashion? The shoes. shorts OK. a cashmere knit and a pair of Damir Doma trousers! Three garments that you just can’t live without? A pair of black linen DD trousers. Stars you would love to dress? David Bowie and Veruschka. But spiegel. The best restaurant in Paris: Inaki Aizpitarte’s “Le Dauphin”. always what’s going on in Germany If I could choose to live freel. or no. A garment we shouldn’t wear after 40? A hoody and board shorts. Do you buy clothes online? No. DD cashmere tee shirts and my bomber jackets. Do you wash colours with whites? Yes! Whats the best accessory on a nude man? Tennis socks. I would neither choose Paris nor Bavaria. They are the difference between yes.Whether I wear leather pants? Clear. . I do not read fashion blogs. is it innate or is it learned? Style is education and intellect. but somewhere in a house by the sea – as a gardener.de – these pages are meant for an outsider. Tracksuits and sports shorts: yes or no? Tracksuit definitely not. Each year in early October. the French food is better than the Bavarian. A garment or accessory that you really hate? White tank tops.de and bild. To be honest. Soap or shower gel? Shower gel. Elegance is instinct and intuition. A vital product in your washbag? Face cream and a hair wax. Style.

yes or no? Yes. natural for daytime. or natural? Perfume for night. please… When did you wear your first dress? If i think about some of my menswear designs that are like dresses. shaved or natural? Natural. flap. welt. The best place on the body for a tattoo? Please no tattoos! Except if it’s a true and profound sign. i guess it’s been about four years! . Briefs? Boxers? Trunks? Nothing? White cotton boxers. gusset or raglan? Welt. The best place for a piercing? No piercing. Sneakers. Perfume. Makeup: for or against? I’m for natural. Do you iron your underwear? No. Deodorant: Spray or stick? None. Chest: plucked. A style god? David Bowie.Your worst enemy in fashion? Time. Beauty comes from within. The pocket: patch.