International designer, Numan Ataker showed the John Paul Ataker Fall/Winter 2017 Collection during his fourth season at New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studiostoday. Ataker drew inspiration from the Yazidi women of his culture to entice celebrities and influencers to the front row including Olivia Culpo, Kristen Taekman, Marla Maples, and Dr. Mike Varshavski. Former Miss Universe Dyana Mendoza and Nicole Williams walked the runway as Ataker showed 39 skillfully crafted looks as an homage and modern interpretation of the style, beauty and strength of the women of Yazidi.
Ataker creates all of his collections from the fabric up, with the premier focus on textile creation that remains exclusive to his line. The designer’s signature shapes and tailored silhouettes are constructed to enhance the female form. The Fall/Winter 2017 collection presented substantial materials including leather, velvet and faux fur complimented by rich layers of organza, jacquards, viscose blend woven fabric and embossing. This season’s color palate predominantly consists of black, gray and white with prominent accents of shimmering gold for an opulent addition. Bordeaux completes the collection off the runway. Cocktail, black tie and special occasion options as well as elegant, more casual separates featuring jackets and trousers make up the collection that garners attention for Ataker’s expert tailor’s touch. The brand’s core attributes of deliberate detailing and sculpted forms allows the John Paul Ataker woman to feel her most feminine and empowered self.
The designer’s passion lies in the merging together of different colors, quality of threads, and techniques to reach the desired effect for the pattern he seeks; a creative process that Ataker takes pride in achieving through much time, patience and years of expertise learned from growing up as a textile designer and learning the craft hands-on.
“I wanted to celebrate the women of the Yazidi through this collection as well as other similar societies,” said Ataker of this season’s line.
He continues, “The laser-cut accents, embossing and wide belts are a nod to the intricate details found in their places of daily life. I hope to capture an aspirational view of how they would see fashion if they were permitted to make their own choices in a more modern society. I am honored to be able to immerse myself in another culture that uses historical references to tell a story. I hold nothing but respect and admiration for all woman and gain much inspiration from my wife and mother.”
The hair, styled by Shareena Hansen and makeup by Charlie Price, both for the Beauty Underground, completes the aesthetic of the powerful collection with small tattoos that are symbolic of their spirituality. The Ataker collaborated with jewelry designer Frieda Rothman to effectively showcase the unique accessories such as a small nose stud, bangles and statement earrings. The effortlessly refined hairstyle of the Yazidi women, was shown as a sleek center part pulled low, away from the face with a single wave of hair to frame her cheekbone and resilient features. Her eyes create an intensity and passion through a bold, dark line, with the rest of the face kept to a minimum, symbolic of the natural beauty of this season’s muse.