At the mere age of twelve, Mark Kenly Domino Tan designed his first dress for former Princess Alexandra of Denmark and today he creates garments for HRH Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary. He went on to attend the prestigious Kolding School of Design in Demark and continued to develop his craft in some of the greatest fashion houses including Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel. In 2012, Mark launched his namesake label and quickly became known for his ability to create aesthetic midcentury silhouettes anchored by structural tailoring and experimental use of fabrics.
In 2012, Mark Kenly Domino Tan won the National H&M Award proving his talent. The following year he debuted at Copenhagen Fashion Week with his S/S 14 Collection, praised both by National and International Press.
Mark won the Danish Design Talent Award in 2014. Most recently in 2015, he received the Crown Couples Star Dust Price as the first fashion designer for his creative work with materials idiom and clear focus on responsible fashion.
by BROOKE BOBB
It’s a shame that Mark Kenly Domino Tan doesn’t have a bigger presence on the international fashion scene. He cut his teeth at Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, and he is one of Copenhagen’s most skilled tailors and a thoughtful designer whose clothes could stand on their own among the established luxury labels of Paris and Milan. He prefers to remain a bit quiet, however, often skipping the Spring shows in his hometown for intimate press appointments in Paris. Tan’s Fall 2018 collection—which he showed today in a chilly, stark rooftop space inside an old warehouse building—was proof that buyers and editors from around the world should pay more attention to him. Also, maybe it’s time for him to rethink the way he promotes (and doesn’t promote) his brand.
Tan could start by pushing his brilliant suiting front and center. His jackets and trousers came in earthy tones and with loose, easy silhouettes. The designer styled them with vintage scarf-print pussy-bow blouses, which were modeled by clean-faced male and female models who wore their hair in slicked-back, low ponytails—a fine example of how to do unisex on the runway without it feeling contrived or trying too hard. It also felt a bit preppy and collegiate, considering the draped and frayed tweeds and knits, his signature sculptural shirting, and oversize wool trenchcoats. You could see a number of the pieces on a range of customers, whether she’s a Phoebe Philo worshiper or he’s a Børns kind of guy. Tan has the focus and ability to lure them all, as long as he is willing to start casting a wider net.
COPENHAGEN, FEBRUARY 1, 2018
about the brand
The brand Mark Kenly Domino Tan provides a high end selection of luxurious clothing for the modern woman; where exquisite design meets exceptional quality that lasts a life time. The brand targets the modern woman who has an eye for exclusive and beautiful design, both luxurious and functional for work and for formal occasions. Mark Kenly Domino Tan intends to set values that entail respect for a timeless design. Mark Kenly Domino Tan also always designs with a respect for female proportions to highlight the female fortunes today and tomorrow. Silhouettes are minimalistic, feminine and classic. The result is contemporary and yet timeless. The philosophy of the brand is to create beautiful and responsible clothing made of quality materials that can last a lifetime with minimal care. Mark Kenly Domino Tan is a unique brand in the sense that there is great emphasis on materials. The materials are essential to every collection and serve as a muse. It is a natural part of the design process, to use the fabric as the foundation of a collection. The collection is divided into five key programs with which Mark Kenly Domino Tan generally works from. It is imperative that the company refine and develop these programs each season. Mark Kenly Domino Tan presents two annual collections – Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter.)