One of Singapore’s better known emerging fashion designers, Max Tan has stuck with to his clearly defined aesthetic from the launch of his eponymous label for Spring Summer 2010 ‒ a collection which was he was invited to showcase at Modefabriek in Amsterdam in the same year; the first Asian-based label ever to do so.
Looks from Max Tan Autumn Winter 2014-15 collection ‘Revelation’. Image: Max Tan
For Autumn Winter 2014-15, the collection continues the biblical inspired theme from its Spring Summer 2014 “Genesis” which was shown at Singapore’s Digital Fashion Week 2013 to much interest. “Revelation” is the new season’s title and references themes of “renewal after disintegration; reconstruction after deconstruction”
Renewal comes in the form of the designer’s now-signature use of the basic button-through shirt as his starting point for the shapes he uses for his pieces; reconstruction is perhaps in the addition of new materials to the range ‒ distressed leather, quilted nylon in cable knit motifs and treated sheepskin.
‘Shirt shape’ looks from Max Tan Autumn Winter 2014-15 collection ‘Revelation’.
Image: Max Tan
More interesting than his return to the narrow shirt shape, is the exploration of volume in a new oversized sweatshirt and circle skirt, button-through cape, over-sized shrug, sheepskin shift and longer, fuller skirts. These new pieces add more depth to the designer’s usual palette of elongated shirtdresses, which irrespective of new treatments like the addition of chiffon, are much less exciting now than they were on first viewing.
New volume in looks from Max Tan Autumn Winter 2014-15 collection ‘Revelation’.
Image: Max Tan
The “androgyny meets soft geometric form” of the Max Tan label’s description, however, is much more strongly evolved in the AW14 collection. With the current “mini trend” of guys-in-skirts that was all over the Menswear collection runways earlier in 2014 ‒ most notably at Alexander McQueen and Givenchy ‒ it means that guys and gals can both pick pieces from the new Max Tan collection happily. The designer shot his lookbook on two genders but they’re styled so similarily that you can’t really tell which is which without a very close look.
After the less than inspired SS14 collection which referenced previous collections a little too closely in some instances, the “revelation” of AW14-15 is good to see.
Max Tan Autumn Winter 2014-15 will be available from Threadbare & Squirrel, 660 North Bridge Road; Eggthree Erskine Road 01-10/11/12, 33 Erskine Road; Eggthree Katong 112, #02-35 Katong 112, East Coast Road and Egg-ccessorize by Eggthree, #04-07 Orchard Central. For more information about Max Tan, go to www.max-tan.com. You can follow the brand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maxtansingapore and on Instagram at @maxtanstudio.