Library rules – Mark Kenly Domino Tan

Words Line Hindsgaul

For his FW18 collection, Mark Tan chose a cold and raw location that in many ways contrasted with his collection. One more understated and less glamourous than the designer’s previous displays.

Tan’s ability to design flattering and radiant clothing is old news. What was new was the expression of the clothes, which ranged from sculptural and glamourous to intellectual and understated. Some looks could be described as stereotypically librarian. Like the high-neck knee-length shirts over ankle-length silk skirts. Perhaps the styling also nourished that image, as every look was styled with flat brown loafers. Other looks felt more sophisticated, like the beautiful printed silk dress with yellow flowers styled with a deconstructed version of a little checkered jacket. Or the Japanese-inspired obi-belt details on shirts and dresses, and the bright pink velvet robe, which stole the show.

The collection contained everything a chic working wardrobe should. From suits to silk dresses, and gorgeous statement coats. All was held in white, beige, black, and brown, disrupted only by touches of bright pink and baby blue. As always, the quality of fabrics and tailoring gave the collection a sophisticated look, downplayed and simple.

View looks here.