As part of the Antwerp Six, designer Walter Van Beirendonck stood out as the color-happy alternative to understated co-members Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten. Today Walt is the super-gay god-daddy to Bernhard Willhelm and all those kids at Saint Martins who make clothes with spots and angles and flaps.

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Walter’s 2009 winter collection is chock-full of swirls, smiles, vibrant colors, piping, cocks, and balls. Like everything else by and about him, it exudes a distinct seriousness about having a good time. We caught up with Walter recently to find out all his deepest, darkest beard secrets (he’s got a dude in France), his role in outing sexy bear culture, and the importance of art, religion, muscles, and S&M in the creation of fashion.

Read the interview over at Viceland.