An otherworldly vibe drifted down the John Paul Ataker runway as the models appeared in a black, white, and gold color scheme. Taking inspiration from Turkey’s Black Sea region, ball gown trains, waistcoats, capped sleeves and strappy sandals made up the new collection. White and black tints contrasted against one another while golden beads and fabrics reflected the stage lights.
A staple article in this line would, of course, be one of John Paul Ataker’s signature ball gowns. This dress captured every element of the show all in one. A golden waistcoat-shaped bust was attached to a white train with a golden top layer. This look was presented near the end of the show because good things are worth waiting for.
The grand finale involved a wedding inspired white gown with capped sleeves and a shimmering gold train. Model Karlie Kloss wore it down the runway.
The formal wear collection was created using environmentally and ecologically-friendly dyed fabrics of linen, organza, cotton, jacquard, and viscose. John Paul Ataker is known for hand sewn needlework, made to measure service and customization that all go into his elegant, confident, and feminine brand identity. With the 2018 collection, Ataker takes fashion advocates back in time with a royal aesthetic that brings to mind Greek mythology or Shakespeare.
Numan Ataker named his label after his grandfather, John Paul. He practices what he calls “slow fashion,” sending his clothing through three rounds of quality control to ensure a luxury experience of detailed, modern shapes. Ataker’s slow fashion approach to producing evening gowns and ready-to-wear garments would be challenging to get ready in time without the rest of his team. While he is the creative spearhead conceptualizing each collection, his sister, Kerime Ataker, is the driving force on the global business side of the brand. This brother-sister duo has been working together since 2012, and won’t stop for a break anytime soon. Preparation for next season’s designs and business campaigns begin as soon as this NYFW closes.
The S/S 2018 collection is now their fifth showing at NYFW. In October, they will open their first flagship store in the United States right on Madison and 67th Street. Numan and Kerime’s brand has not escaped notice. Several celebrity guests were in attendance on Monday afternoon. Among them were Victoria Justice, Lela Loren, Gabriela Dias, Erin Lim, and more. Big name celebrities, micro-influencers, stylists, journalists, and buyers get invited to nearly all of the shows. For so many of them to have come out to John Paul Ataker when two other designers were on different stages at the same time says a lot.
Rooted in Turkey, The Black Sea inspiration is a decidedly appropriate theme for the duo. Luxury ball gowns are created based off of Numan’s fashion-influenced childhood. He got to see how a fashion business is run at an early age just by watching his family.
In the end, Numan Ataker holds that he is “classically trained as a tailor first and approaches designs with unique fabrics that are created for each new collection.”
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