Color has been Sander Lak’s calling card ever since he debuted his Sies Marjan label in 2016. The Dutch designer quickly earned praise for his mastery of neons, jewel tones, pastels and yes, even the occasional black or gray (he does show at New York Fashion Week after all). Prior to launching Sies Marjan, which is named after Lak’s parents, the designer honed his skills at Dries Van Noten and Balmain. That experience was transparent upon his own label’s debut, as Lak was nominated for the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent at the 2017 CFDA Awards and won the award in 2018.
This year represented a step forward for Lak. Not only was he nominated for the Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 CFDA awards, but he also launched Sies Marjan’s first menswear collection for the Fall/Winter 2019 season. Lak staged the label’s first proper menswear presentation in Paris this summer, where he translated his candy-colored, flowing aesthetic into a collection of softly-tailored suits and coats in shades of mustard yellow, baby blue and sage green. His colorful outlook is just what fashion needs as the next decade begins.