Written by Katrina Israel
He first made a name for himself as Australia’s king of jersey, before adding body-con to the mix, and later consolidating his unique take on luxury sportswear by pioneering the international trend for camera-quality digital prints. As the long-standing drawcard designer at Australian Fashion Week, Sydneysider Josh Goot has always been ahead of the design curve, also showing his maxi-minimalism in London and New York from time to time as he pleases.
However, on the eve of the Monday event, Goot has decided to skip showing his S/S12 collection on the Australian runway to focus on launching his next resort collection to time with the international seasons in June. So instead, we bring you a preview of S/S’s intoxicating brocade and Oriental flora prints – an extension of the designer’s A/W12 collection that saw roses heightened and repeated in colour as well as through leather quilting.
Focusing on optical illusions, summer’s mirrored life-like rose and orchid prints (again headed up in-house by Shane Sakkeus), boldly contrast with Goot’s signature crisp Italian shirting and sportswear-inspired bonded jersey – formed from two layers of Italian jersey no less. Not to be outdone by his cotton jersey foam – aka neoprene – that’s exclusive to the brand as part of Goot’s own textile development. Mind you, textures aside, it’s his bombastic bomber jackets that have already proven to be one of the season’s best sellers in the showroom.