Meet Maikel Tawadros, Demark’s rising fashion star. Maikel was recently nominated for the prestigious DANSK Design Talent – Magasin Prisen 2015 prize and is busily preparing his Autumn Winter Collection for exhibition at Copenhagen Fashion Week. Find out about the inspiration behind Maikel’s innovative brand and what we can expect from him next.
Culture Trip: Where did you study and where did you gain your experience?
Maikel Tawadros: I graduated from Copenhagen Academy of Fashion Design in 2012. Before that, I lived in Paris from 2007 to 2009, working for a Danish brand called Annhagen.
CT: You entitled your SS16 collection, ‘Bionic’. Is this emblematic of your design aesthetic?
MT: Bionic was all about the world of technology. I was so inspired by how technology is taking over in many aspects that I wanted to create a collection of robot-like women, while still adding some fashion to the collection by combining 90’s trends such as grunge and futurism.
CT: What is your favorite fabric to work with?
MT: I love fur, wool, and sandwashed silk, but I don’t think there is one specific fabric that I prefer over the others.
CT: Who is the typical ‘Maikel Tawadros’ woman?
MT: That’s a difficult question. I think the woman that buys my clothes and relates to my universe is a confident woman who knows her style and is not completely influenced by trends. She would have some kind of calmness with her style and identity.
CT: Do you have any fashion designers who you aspire to?
MT: I’m always drawn to Haider Ackermann, he is classic and still so unpredictable. His SS16 women’s collection was a huge shock to me, but in a good way.
CT: What is your daily form of meditation?
MT: Walking my dog, Muffin, four to six times a day. It gives me a kind of energy to walk in my local park, looking at the beautiful trees, birds, and flowers. It sounds very cliché, but I mean it.
CT: The best gallery or museum for design lovers in Denmark?
MT: National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) and Gallery Asbæk.
CT: The best restaurant in Denmark?
MT: Definitely Fiskebaren (The Fishbar) in Copenhagen Meatpacking District and Pastis. They are both my favorite restaurants in Copenhagen.