It’s been a few months since I attended the John Paul Ataker NYFW Runway Show and I still can’t believe it really happened. It has to be one of the most impressive fashion shows I have ever seen live and on top of that, I got to sit front row. This is also where I want to thank Julienne Warner for allowing me to be her plus 1. Thank you!
I’m sure you all want to know how I snatched a front row seat. It was simple really, the girl sitting right in front of me moved to the other side of the room and since no one took her seat, I jumped at the opportunity and claimed my seat front row. No one seemed to care as Victoria Justice, Paula Abdul and a bunch of other celebs sat on the other side towards the photographers. If you are a photographer you know that sitting second or even third row is tricky, since you most always have audience members blocking your view. Thankfully, in my front row seat, I had a perfect view. I even met another photographer (NYFashionReporter) whose work is incredible. You guys should go check her out.
The runway was U- shaped, which means it takes a longer time for the models to walk and that gives the audience more time to admire the fashion. The Turkish designer of the “lavish evening wear and ready-to-wear’ brand is Numan Ataker. He named the brand after his grandfather and the name is also shared with his son.
The theme of the Spring/Summer 2018 collection is: Slow Fashion
The reason being that “it is about being purposeful and realizing that fewer is better and healthier both for humankind and our planet.”
In a world filled with consumerism, emphasis on cheap and fast, I was happy to have a moment to ponder the concept of ‘slow fashion’ and it inspired me to look at my wardrobe differently. I hope people understand that Fashion Week is not just about clothes, it is about spreading a message too.
As you can see in the pictures, the collection featured “the cultural gusto and stamina of the wicker quilt art of fisherman, fishing and sailing ropes, and authentic wrung bracelets of the silversmiths of Trebizoid, the vernacular knitting and weaving artisanship and ethnic Kazaz silver knot art.”
The creative process behind the collection clearly showed in Ataker’s mixing of textures and the highlighted female silhouette with immensely detailed work. The color palate was white, ivory and black and was inspired by the “rich heritage and folklore of The Black Sea zone of Turkey.” During the entire show, I sat mesmerized – transported into a different world, in which color was negligible and woman powerful.
The most powerful of all, had to be Karlie Kloss. I’ve seen Karlie Kloss’s face splattered all over New York and even watched her on video, but – boy, oh, boy – is she different in real life. I am a converted fan. There is just something about her. Karlie has that “je ne sais quoi’ factor that some people are just blessed with. I was seated at the end of the U and I could tell some models were not as enthused by the time they got to me. Karlie was a different story. She’s got that Tyra Banks “smize” and that Mona Lisa “smile” down. Her facial expressions are addictive and her walk seductive. I can tell why Taylor Swift wants to be seen with her, Karlie lights up the room.
What do you think of the Spring/Summer 2018 collection? I can’t wait to see what’s up next for John Paul Ataker. I know I’ll be wearing lots of white and black with gold details this spring.