This season, the most applauded designer of New York Fashion Week is a Dutchman: Sander Lak, who presented the very first collection of his label Sies Marjan. With the help of an investing couple in New York, who also supported the American couturier Ralph Rucci before, the 32-year-old designer could immediately go all out on his first show: with fabrics and finishing at the highest level, a runway filled with top models, a penthouse in Tribeca for a location and a well known PR agency that made sure that Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (who rarely shows up at a debut) sat front row. But Lak is not really a newcomer. Before he founded Sies Marjan (pronounced in the US as 'Siezzz Marzjan'), he worked for about ten years at large fashion houses such as Marc Jacobs, Balmain and Dries van Noten. The influences of the latter in particular can still be seen: they share a passion for hand-worked fabrics, prints and lots of colour.