John Paul Ataker Spring Summer 2018 Runway Show

New York Fashion Week

Mass production was a term coined in the 1920’s when the Ford Motor Company pushed supply to surpass demand, forfeiting quality and a unique form of identity. The practice has become the norm across the board throughout all industries. But international designer Numan Ataker of John Paul Ataker understands that the world now yearns for an artisan’s touch and is determined to promote “slow fashion.” Inspired by the Black Sea Region of Turkey, his latest collection carries the cultural gusto and stamina of the wicker quilt art of fishermen, fishing and sailing ropes, and authentic wrung bracelets of the silversmiths of Trebizond, the vernacular knitting and weaving artisanship and ethnic Kazaz silver knot art.

The very minimal makeup on the models purposefully conveyed Ataker’s message that “natural is beautiful” while hairstyles reflects the fishermen’s ropes used in the collection. “Cepken” (bolero jackets), shalwar (baggy pants), peshtemal (loincloth), and waistcoats have been modified in a range of fabrics spanning from cotton to linen, organza to jacquard and viscose finalized by hand sewn needlework.  The color palette this season has a large emphasis on unbleached fabrics and is predominantly white, ivory and black.

The designer’s passion lies in merging together different materials and techniques to reach the desired effect for the pattern he seeks. Karlie Kloss closed the show, drawing the connection between the new world and an old one via JPA’s designs. With the influx of information at our fingertips, patience is a value to be learned again – embracing the type of beauty that only come with time. The show comes in anticipation of the ready-to-wear brand’s first U.S. flagship store (804 Madison Avenue) opening here next month.

photos by Andrew Wright