Collection Spotlight: Ryan Roche and Sies Marjan

With a Fall 2016 focus for our latest ‘collection spotlight,’ we had to highlight two designers who have both stepped away from the fashion norm to find their success, each in their own way. And although we expect these two are already on your radar, just in case they aren’t, allow us (and their latest collections) to capture your attention.

First is a woman with a prowess of creating the knitwear of our dreams, Ryan Roche. A runner-up for CFDA’s 2014 Vogue Fashion Fund, nominee (for two years running) for Swarovski’s Womenswear designer of the year award and shortlisted for the 2015 LVMH prize, Roche is swiftly becoming as well decorated as a veteran in the industry even though her brand is only five years young. She runs her business away from Madison Avenue in her home up in Rockville, NY., which helps Roche stay focused on her vision of a modern and minimal luxury line, (which she hopes will one day expand into a lifestyle brand with homeware, children’s, men’s, etc). It’s inspired by nature and full of luscious hand-knit cashmere (in primarily muted tones) each piece is not only long lasting but ethically responsible as well.

For Fall 2016, Roche presented monochrome looks, sometimes in head-to-toe knit, that while certainly on trend for this season, falls into her wheelhouse much more easily than others. Loop-knit cashmere open front cardigans paired with silk floor-length dresses and wide-legged trousers were some of our favorite combinations as they brought about cozying up during the chilly months in the chicest way possible. The oversized silhouette created by many of the pieces allowed for the collection as a whole to exhibit a coolness about it while a color palette of blushes (her favorite), cream and burnt orange sustained the femininity Roche is known to exude.

Meanwhile, for Dutch native Sander Lak of Sies Marjan, Fall 2016 was the debut collection for this talented designer. Having earned a masters degree from ArtEZ along with time spent working at fashion houses like Balmain, Dries Van Noten and Phillip Lim, Lak was due to spread his wings and fly out on his own sooner rather than later. And while many successful designers have this type of ‘grooming’ before branching out on their own, not many newly appointed Creative Director’s receive the rave reviews that Lak has gotten since Sies Marjan shook up NYFW in February.

Named for his mother and father, the line has already received buys from several companies ( included, a company notorious for spotting young and burgeoning talent and making buys with them well before most others) and we can see why. Inspired by the cool-girl he admired from afar in the 90’s, Lak’s Fall 2016 collection combined a youthful spin of textures and colors that exemplified his design mentality of seemingly easy to wear pieces with couture-like construction. This is seen in some of our favorite pieces like the rose pink high-neck crinkled satin top and matching skirt or the tigrado-shearling bomber jacket which has hidden straps on the inside so it can easily be worn slung off the shoulders. What we love most is how distinctly different his pieces are from what’s currently out there and even more so, Lak’s undeniable gift at styling these pieces together.

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m