John Paul Ataker Spring Summer 2017 collection, presented at New York Fashion Week in September was one of the highlights of our entire fashion week. Forty-four looks of this year’s collection introduced us to the designer’s family’s ancient Assyrian heritage and the powerful civilization that has influenced architecture, arts, and fashion. According to Numan Ataker, a designer behind the John Paul Ataker collectional, “Babylon’s daily culture was surrounded with beautifully engineered gardens that were unbelievably colorful structured.” That explains the modern prints, sculptured shapes, and monochromatic colors seen throughout the collection.
Designing for the independent and sensual women with exuberant self-confidence, Numan Ataker always has a great respect and appreciation for the women who play significant roles in his life. He expresses this through the integrity of the fit, attention to intricate detail, quality and craftsmanship of each piece. From start to finish, his attention to utmost quality is a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly.
The first four models walked out of the runway in white trousers and fitting blouses with some interesting details like a one-shoulder sheer cape, black viscose trimms with oversized pockets, and sheer-mesh ruffles. Then, there were structured gowns, bridal-worthy dresses, hi-low tops, and three-dimensional floral details as the show went on. Talk about his creative process to create this amazing collection, Numan Ataker said; “I can merge different colors, quality of threads, and techniques to reach the pattern I want; this is a process that demands time and passion. ”
Saving the best for last, Numan Ataker presented his masterpiece, a stunning white gown with a ruffled cape that turned out to be the angel’s wings as the model raised her hands up high. It blew our mind for a minute. In fact, that dress and the whole collection are still haunting us up to now.