Again and again, John Paul Ataker collections completely blow me away. This time, for New York Fashion Week, the designer paid homage to the women of Yazidi, and it was an experience to remember.
Featuring a color palette of black, grey, navy and dashes of bordeux and shimmering gold, the F/W 2017 collection embraced a mix of leather, velvet and faux fur that complemented organza, jacquards, brocades, feathers and even embossing. Elegant long gowns, interspersed with leather-cut accented casual separates, floated down the runway (audible gasps were heard all around the audience when the final look – a layered organdy dress with oversized gold hemmed sleeves and a hand-woven belt – revealed itself). It was a marriage of feminine lines with strong, empowered silhouettes. “I hope to capture an aspirational view of how [the women o f Yazidi] would see fashion if they were permitted to make their own choices in a more modern society,” the designer was quoted.
Bravo, Ataker. The standing ovation you received at the show was certainly well-deserved.
Check out the gallery below for the complete John Paul Ataker F/W 2017 collection, or head on over to the official website!