At least since the 11th season of “Germany’s Next Top Model” started this February, the name Michael Michalsky sounds familar to all of us. Maybe because he is kind of one of the most googled German designers out there. And here is why: together with creative director Thomas Hayo and the show’s hostess/ marketing face Heidi Klum, he is seeking Germany’s Next Topmodel 2016 – and it’s no other than today that the grand decision will be made, a.k.a the final takes place today.
But who’s the man behind the myth? Who is he, who week after week stands out with his big mouth and harsh comments? Is he all bark and no bite or does he actually know what he’s talking about?
Seems there is more to his person than most of the German-speaking world knows: born close to Hamburg in the 1960s, he decided to become a fashion designer after having read an interview with Karl Lagerfeld and soon later studied at the London College of Fashion. Back in Germany, he started his professional career at Levi’s and then spent 11 years at Adidas. Starting off as a chief designer, he became the brand’s international creative director in 2000, a position he held until 2006 when he left to realize his dream of his own brand. In these years, he established and promoted the interlinking of fashion, brand and music at Adidas, which then resulted in collaborations with Missy Elliot, Stella McCartney and many others which helped him repositioning the brand’s image from dull to cool.
Since founding his own labels, MICHALSKY and MICHALSKY Jeans, he’s put his focus on them next to casually being the chief designer of the emblem-famous bag company MCM and designing for Kappa China, Protect and Lascana – but when does he ever sleep, we’re wondering?!
But the work seems to pay: his labels enjoy great success and MICHALSKY is a sure starter at every Berlin Fashion Week. On top of all that, he founded the MICHALSKY designLab in 2009, where designers with different areas of specialism fulfill design contracts for other companies. But enough said. At last, we are still talking about fashion and as that, pictures will say more than a thousand words. Check out the gallery to see what the man behind the myth actually does!