John Paul Ataker's fall collection was an homage to the women of Yazidi.
Turkish designer Numan Ataker of John Paul Ataker showcased a stunning runway show at New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 in Chelsea. The collection of women’s wear featured a color palate of black, gray, navy, and Bordeaux with accents of shimmering gold.
Ataker called his collection an “homage to the beauty and strength of the women of Yazidi.”
The Fall/Winter 2017 collection showcased substantial materials including leather, velvet and faux fur complimented by rich layers of organza, jacquards, brocades, feathers, and embossing. There was a mix of cocktail, black tie, and special occasion garments. The casual separates featured jackets and trousers, contrasted with the elegant long gowns, showing both a soft feminine side as well as a strong empowered one.
“The laser-cut accents, embossing and wide belts are a nod to the intricate details found in their places of daily life,” said Ataker. “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.”
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The hair and makeup completed the aesthetic of the collection, showcasing small nose studs, black crosses on the forehead, cheek, and chin, and for the hair a sleek center part pulled low with a single wave of hair to frame her cheekbone.
Ataker finished the show with a breathtaking layered organdy dress featuring oversized gold hemmed sleeves, a long flowing trail, and a hand-woven belt.
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