Kokev & Kadriu: Macedonia’s Best Designers
13 May 2011
By Prishtina Press
Top fashion designers Mila Kadriu and Tanja Kokev are known for their cutting edge designs and runway fashion shows in Skopje, Macedonia. As co-founders of Kokev & Kadriu (www.kokevkadriu.com.mk) the company specializes in sophisticated evening gowns and elegant wedding dresses. They are the first Macedonian brand for wedding dresses.
“Kokev & Kadriu was founded in 2006 with an idea to offer wedding and evening dresses to the Macedonian market and the region. We are known for making glamorous dresses and simplicity at the same time. We are presenting our collections at the Fashion Weekend-Skopje twice a year!” said designer Mila Kadriu.
Kokev & Kadriu designs showcase innovative, stunning and meticulous work that reflects the latest world fashion trends. Inspired by the spring mood, the Fashion Week Skopje collection exhibited light colors and silk and natural materials. The show took place in March 26, 2011 in Macedonia.
“We started presenting our collections in our neighboring countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina last year. We also plan to do the same in Belgrade fashion week and Prishtina fashion week also. New York is our dream!” said designer Tanja Kokev.
Interview with Mila Kadriu and Tanja Kokev –
Co-founders of Kokev & Kadriu Designs
By Prishtina Press | 29 March 2011
Prishtina Press: After the hard work or preparing all the pieces for Fashion Week Skopje and finalizing the plans, what are the feelings pre-show?
Mila Kadriu: We really worked hard on this collection but I hope that is worth every minute spent. So far we are happy with the feedback we get after every show, we hope for the same this time too!
Prishtina Press: What is the theme for the collection showcasing at the Fashion Week Skopje?
Tanja Kokev: This collection is in the spring mood. We used light colors such as pink, purple, blue and yellow on printed silk and other natural materials and the cuts are simple and loose.
Prishtina Press: How is that different from previous work?
Mila Kadriu: This collection is similar with the previous ones we are keeping our style except that this time we are putting more handmade details and printed materials.
Prishtina Press: Your work is very sophisticated and very elegant. What inspires each piece?
Tanja Kokev: We always say that the biggest inspiration to us are our customer requests and we try managing to combine all that with the worlds fashion trend each season!
Prishtina Press: Mila, you are a very ambitious, successful and hard working woman. How do you balance work, family and fun?
Mila Kadriu: The ambition is leading me through my career. I always love to work and be devoted to the customer. I couldn’t do this if I didn’t have the support and help from the family. After the long day at work, my son is giving me the strength to manage my private life!
Prishtina Press: Any plans for showcasing in New York?
Tanja Kokev: We started presenting our collections in our neighboring countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina last year. We also plan to do the same in Belgrade fashion week and Prishtina fashion week also. New York is our dream!
Prishtina Press: Who is your ideal model or person that you would love to dress?
Mila Kadriu: From the beginning we have had nice cooperation with different celebrities from Macedonia, actors and singers and of course hosts at some of the televisions, important people from different embassies and well known business owners! There is always a challenge for us to dress a celebrity that will take part at the Oscars!
Prishtina Press: Tell us about your company Kokev & Kadriu?
Tanja Kokev: We started the business in 2006 with an idea to offer more products around weddings and organization. After four years we became a fashion house and we design wedding and evening dresses for now. In the future we plan ready to wear line also. These couple of last years we have gained the trust of our customers and we are considered as the first Macedonian brand for wedding dresses!
Prishtina Press: What are you currently working on?
Mila Kadriu: We are working on the new collection fall- winter 2011-12 and of course all the custom made orders for the spring – summer season. We also plan to work a customography for Makedonski theater, “The wedding of Figaro” from Pierre Beaumarchais” that will have the premiere in July!
Prishtina Press: What defines you as a stylist? What does fashion mean to you?
Tanja Kokev: Our goal is to show the importance of a unique design and the perfect materials all this combined with glamorous cut! The latest and the most admired style in clothes, all this to be wearable, this is how I define fashion in two words! | Prishtina Press