Label to Watch: Sies Marjan

Former Head Designer at Dries Van Noten brings a bright new label to the New York fashion scene

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Words by Síomha Connolly
October 26th, 2016

Sander Lak, former head designer at Dries Van Noten, launched his label Sies Marjan earlier this year making his debut at New York Fashion Week in February. With a focus on colour, fabric and bright print Sander Lak wowed the fashion world with this luxury label after showing his first collection for AW16. The label has committed to showing twice a year, for spring/summer and autumn/winter, with their collections arriving to retailers in two deliveries rather than creating pre-collections as well. The first show was a roaring success with Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour even showing up to take her front row seat, almost completely unheard of for a young designer’s first show. But would the label be a one hit wonder? The pressure was on for Lak to deliver an equally as impressive show this season, and luckily he did not disappoint. Lak showed his SS17 collection in New York last month in the beautiful surroundings of the New York City Bar Association.

On viewing the collection, it appears that spring/summer 2017 will see a strong use of silks and satins in bright colours worn head to toe in tonal outfits. A palette of luxurious browns, citrus hues of yellow, orange and green and striking pinks and reds were the major focus of next season’s collection. Not adverse to pattern, Lak’s collection also features a number of pieces in bright brushstroke prints. The collection was focused on fluid silhouettes in the form of bias cut dresses, shirts complete with crisscrossing fabric around the chest worn layered on top of slouchy, wide-legged cargo pants. With of-the-moment detailing such as elongated sleeves, vinyl jackets and trousers and an abundance of silks and satin, Sies Marjan SS17 is redefining the key pieces that we’ll be wearing next season.

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The collection had a number of extremely wearable elements and for Lak this is one of the most important aspects of creating a collection. He is adamant that what comes down the runway during Fashion Week is what will arrive in stores the following season. He finds frustration in the fact that many designers create pieces for their shows that never make it to production, leaving the customer with a “second-best” option or, in some cases, nothing similar at all. Striving to create a collection that is both commercial and conceptual, for Lak and Joey Laurenti, the brand’s CEO, it is important to find the right balance between the two. British online retailer Matchesfashion.com apparently believes in the commerciality of the brand as they have chosen to stock 21 pieces from the inaugural collection.

Sies Marjan is defined as a luxury label which unfortunately means it comes with luxury price tags. You won’t get much for under €1000 so while it won’t be within most people’s budgets, the designs are definitely ones to admire and be inspired by. Lak draws upon his expert knowledge of texture and fabric to create a modern ready-to-wear collection; think fine silk pieces in bright hues and soft, luxurious knits in cocoon-like oversized silhouettes. Meaning if you can afford to add a piece of the collection to your wardrobe it will be one that will be treasured for years to come, however, if a luxury brand is nothing more than an aspiration for you then simply sit back and admire the beauty that is Sies Marjan.

Check out Sies Marjan’s AW16 collection below.