The 4 Questions of NYFW (Take #16: Freida Rothman x John Paul Ataker)

by Wendy Sy Photographed by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Seen at Pier 59 on Tuesday: the dramatic, energetic show of John Paul Ataker. Guests gathered at the venue to find red roses on their seats for a little extra love on Valentine’s Day. The collection—by Turkish designer Numan Ataker—was complemented with a range of jewelry, including one-of-a-kind nose studs, by Freida Rothman. As for Ataker’s inspiration this season? “I want to celebrate the women of Yazidi through this collection as well as other similar societies,” he said in the program. “I am honored to be able to immerse myself in another culture that uses historical references to tell a story.” After the show, we caught up with Rothman for our fashion week Q&A.

A woman’s outfit isn’t complete without: a really amazing bangle stack.

What are runway shows good for nowadays?

It really opens up your mind and gives you inspiration on how to be playful. The presentations out there are not necessarily what you wear everyday, but it really broadens your horizons.

How would you improve fashion week?

You know what? It’s New York City, it’s crazy, it’s running around, but I think it’s part of the fun. It just feels exciting.

What does fashion say about America?

The reason that I love this show [is] because it’s a collaboration of Middle Eastern and me being a New Yorker. I love the fact that we’re able to bring those two worlds together, it means a lot to me.


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