SANDER LAK OF SIES MARJAN
With his rising New York City-based label Sies Marjan getting rave reviews, Dutch designer Sander Lak may be fashion’s newest It-boy. The 33-year-old talent studied at Central Saint Martins in London, and was formerly the head of design at Dries Van Noten for five years. Before joining the Belgian fashion house, Lak also worked for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim.
Lak launched Sies Marjan in February 2016, naming his label after his late father, Sies, and his mother, Marjan. Sies Marjan quickly gained a reputation for its colourful designs, which display a feminine yet quirky charm. With vague influences from his Dries Van Noten days, Lak’s creations for Spring 2017 involved plenty of rosy pinks and splashy floral prints. From asymmetrical skirts and silky trousers to pleated culottes and crepey pastel blouses, the Spring 2017 runway at Sies Marjan revealed an explosion of texture and colour.
It’s an approach that is quickly earning him some major industry attention, with the likes of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour attending his shows. Beyoncé and Naomi Campbell have also been spotted wearing his designs.
Lak is recognized for his famously down-to-earth attitude and inclusiveness. In a 2016 interview with Vogue, the rising designer described his creative journey: “It’s a very collaborative process, and I’ve made sure I have people around me who I like and trust. So it’s work, but it’s fun,” he said.
With an A-list fan base and enticing Spring 2017 collection, Lak just might be on his way to becoming a household name. He’s certainly already a favourite on, and off, the catwalk.