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GET TO KNOW GOTAL

Gotal Ryam is a Parisian in London – an emerging fashion designer, Gotal wholly puts the focus on the cut, to produce beautifully intricate and detailed Pret-a-Porter collections for all of those looking for contemporary couture. We chat to Gotal to find out more about her luxe label…

When did your love for fashion start?
My love for fashion started with Music. Music was my entry point into fashion. The 80’s, Hip Hop, the exclusivity and the energy…I wanted to be able to recreate this and capture the energy from the music.

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When did you start in the fashion industry?
It all started following a move from Paris to London and I ended up in Soho where my interest in fashion peaked. I had a real desire to draw beautiful garments and this led me to Central Saint Martins where I studied fashion drawing. Finally last year I decided to launch my own collection and here we are.

Who and what has had the biggest impact on your career?
Undoubtedly, it is my mother. Unbeknown to her, she trained me to think like a fashion designer. She has always been obsessed with fashion and music – she is also an excellent seamstress.

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Which designers do you most admire?
Azzedine Alaia.

What/who are your inspirations?
Everything inspires me. The entire world is a source of inspiration to me, I find it wherever I go and in whatever I see.

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How would you describe your aesthetic?
I would describe my design aesthetic as Pret à Couture, it is a mix between Pret à Porter and Haute Couture – more modern, contemporary and wearable but with an exacting attention to detail.

Who is your customer?
The modern and independent woman with a taste for fashion, who is equally at ease in trainers as she is wearing high-end pieces.

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Tell us about your AW line…
The collection is called « Geometric shades from RBK » it has been inspired by the geometric aspects of Origami. This collection is made entirely of wool. It is the first collection that I wish to dedicate to my mother who has given me a taste for fashion and who embodies timeless style (RBK stands for Rebecca, my mother’s name)

What is next for you?
AW18 is next for me but I haven’t started yet…as usual, I am running late!

Words Felicity Wiliams

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