• Text Lakeisha Goedluck
  • Photography Emily Malan
  • 10th September 2019

The good life

Sourcing ethereal locations seems to be a penchant for Sies Marjan’s creative director, Sander Lak, so it’s no surprise that The Surrogate’s Court House in lower Manhattan played host to the brand’s SS20 women’s collection. A government-owned building designed according to the Beaux-Arts style, guests were seated amidst exquisite marble archways and tessellated floors.

Crescendoing classical music filled the space before Tony Bennett’s voice came blaring out the speakers. As his signature track The Good Life lulled the audience into a state of false nostalgia, 70s-esque plunging jumpsuits and high-neck dresses paraded down the fittingly grandiose runway. Lak used make-up and nail polish colours as a starting point this season, as sensuous burgundy, emerald and disco-ready cobalt dominated the collection. Of particular note were the pillar-box-red looks: a sweeping satin dress, fitted blazer and crocodile-effect slouched cowboy boots were colour-matched perfectly to the model’s lacquered pout. 

On the other end of the spectrum, Lak’s denim pieces felt markedly subtle. In a light-wash finish, longline denim shirts were left unbuttoned and paired with jackets in sand and pale yellow, while indigo two-pieces felt fitting for the original cast of Charlie’s Angels. To finish, multicoloured confetti rained down from the ceiling – an apt way to celebrate a diligently crafted collection, or in Lak’s own words, “the antithesis of rushing.”