A galaxy of 3 million crystals illuminated the designer’s NYC show, transforming the vast space into a fashion planetarium. Models floated among the stars in rainbow brights, voluminous silhouettes and mixed materials – like “colorful light spots in a dark space” – all thoughtfully selected by the designer to challenge his own norms.
“I wanted to push my own boundaries and not rely on the comfort that I feel working with some colors and fabrics, and instead use shades and textures that don’t feel exactly right to me and make them work,” he said.
Lak reinvented what he found to be “cliché,” like neon, and was happy to fall in love all over again. He also created new relationships with elements he’s not attracted to, like lace. It was with this classic fabric he melded the audaciousness of Swarovski Crystal Mesh, twisting the high-shine sheets into a beautifully draped dress and top that came alive with color and movement.
This romantic collection comes on the heels of Lak’s Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent win at the 2018 CFDAs, for which the designer received both financial and creative support from Swarovski. As the designer’s third season, it unintentionally follows the narrative of two previous Sies Marjan collections: Fall ‘18, an exploration in loss, and Spring ’19, influenced by family.