about mark Kenly domino tan
Mark Kenly Domino Tan was discovered at the age of twelve, and designed his first dress for the Danish Royal Family and to this day still create garments for HRH Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary.
Mark went on to attend the prestigious Kolding School of Design in Demark and continued to develop his craft in international fashion houses Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel. In 2012, Mark launched his namesake brand and quickly became known for his ability to create aesthetic silhouettes anchored by structural tailoring and an innovative use of fabrics.
Mark Kenly Domino Tan design with an eye for the feminine yet stringent and individual, creating collections with character, attention to detail, and the deepest respect for craftsmanship and tradition. The brand strives to stay wonderfully new but still timeless and everlasting - always true to their design universe and the quest to work from a sustainable mindset.
The brand presents 4 annual collections along side several design collaborations and co-creation art projects.
2018 marked the 5-year anniversary of the brand and was the year MKDT studio opened their first Copenhagen flagship boutique - designed by the acclaimed interior designer David Thulstrup. The dream of opening a curated design universe that could showcase the brand´s entire range, has been a goal for the designer from the outset.
In addition to the MKDT Studios Ready to Wear collection, the boutique feature handpicked items, collaborations with other designers and art that inspire the man behind the brand. A very personal universe showcasing the craft the designer is known for. The 4 annual Ready to Wear collections take center stage while the tailored Atelier collections, made according to the couture tradition, can be found in the adjacent design studio in central Copenhagen.
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