True magic happened on the runway, when John Paul Ataker presented the new Spring/Summer 2017 collection during the fashion week in New York. Dramatic applause greeted the designer, as Numan Ataker walked out to meet the guests. Kelly Osborne, Kamie Crawford, Molly Bernard, Kristen Taekman, Taylor Dye, Zulay Henao, Ashlee Keating, Danielle Moinet, Symon, Madison Marlow, Bonang Matheba, and Madeline Stuart were among those who graced the front rows at the Dock at Skylight at Moynihan Station. The brand’s SS 2017 trends showcased soft monochromatic colors, asymmetrical lines, elegant tailoring, the abundance of cut-outs, as well as three-dimensional floral and ruffle detailing.
This season John Paul Ataker’s vision of a woman comes from the juxtaposition of the influences of the designer’s family’s ancient Assyrian culture and the stark sculptural modernity of the 21st century. The result is as striking, as it is appealing. Casually elegant pieces, such as blouses and trousers, were shown side by side with structured, tailored gowns with exquisite, even over-the-top detailing. Allusions to the statues of goddess Ishtar and the famous floral gardens of Babylon were prominent in all offered designs. Application of three dimensional flowers, cut-outs and innovative yarns elevate the collection to the incredible level of sophistication.
What made such details stand out even more was the selection of a monochromatic and subdued color palette in white, light salmon, lavender, as well as range from sky blue hues to argil browns. Refined and effortless, the colors presented and accentuated the opulent elegance that could definitely befit a goddess.
“Fabric gives voice to my needs, like a painting through which I can express myself. I can merge together different colors, quality of threads, and techniques to reach the pattern I want; this is a process that demands time and passion,” remarks the Turkish designer Numan Ataker on his creative process. “I used historical references to tell of my family’s heritage and the powerful civilization that has influenced architecture, art and fashion. Babylon’s daily culture was surrounded with beautifully engineered gardens that were unbelievably colorful and structured.”
The last gown with a winged-shaped cape was simply breathtaking. The model appeared to be floating down the runway, ready to take off in flight. Magnificent!