Mood board: For Autumn/Winter 2019, designer Sander Lak continued to build upon a narrative he said began a year ago in Fall 2018, where he put forth a collection delving into the ideas of loss. In contrast to this, and last season’s collection which saw Lake explore his identity and concept of family, this third chapter presented itself thematically as love. Wisps of silk dresses (neon coloured of course), coupled with ethereal bias cuts, lace appliques and sculptural panels of tulle conveyed romance and whimsy while tailored suiting, outerwear (particularly one multi-coloured coat) brought a new level of gravitas to the collection that displayed a growing maturity.

Scene setting: A glittering runway space covered in tiny flecks of Swarovski crystals provided a captivating stage for Sies Marjan’s new collection. Lit with swirling spotlights that trailed models as they walked in a choreographed formation, the result was otherworldly and contemplative, which enabled the emotional qualities of the clothing to shine through.

Sound bite: Lak says, ‘I wanted to push my own boundaries and not rely on the comfort that I feel working with some colours and fabrics, and instead use shades and textures that don’t feel exactly right to me and make them work.’ He adds, ‘we took the neon shades that we have worked with before that were feeling cliché, and made them feel fresh - creating love at first sight all over again.’ §