Following the announcement that Josh Goot has placed his eponymous label under voluntary administration, Couturing is recapping this iconic Australian designer’s top 5 most memorable collections. Goot debuted his label in 2005- a line of sleek, transeasonal sports inspired separates that has, nearly a decade on, evolved into a collection celebrating colour, print, high tech fabrications and the architecture of fashion.
1. Spring/Summer 2005
Goot’s inaugural Spring Summer collection saw Vogue UK claiming “EVERY girl needs a little Josh Goot in their wardrobe.” Goot’s debut received a warm reception- a collection of versatile and transeasonal layering pieces with a clear activewear influence, with countless pieces becoming wardrobe staples. Goot hadn’t embraced colour in the way we’ve seen in recent collections, instead working primarily in cool greys and adding lemon and sky blue.
2. Spring/Summer 2009
2009 saw Goot use colour in a way he previously hadn’t- a way that has infused all of his post-09 collections. Geometry played a key role in print, rather than in cut, with the dominant silhouette being relaxed and flowing, rather than the highly structured look we’ve seen from Goot recently. Sunshine yellow, cerulean blue and deep mauve were blocked with crisp white and the palest of greys, with the occasional hint of black adding depth and drama.
3. Spring/Summer 2010
Autumn/Winter 2009 saw a more muted colour palette, while Spring/Summer 2010 returned (and added to) the rainbow brights of Summer 09. This is where the Goot we now know really came to life. Prints were graphic and digital, silhouettes were structured, and the sports influence we saw in Goot’s debut collection returned with a luxury feel. Colours were spliced with gradient monochromes, taking shape in power-shouldered blazers and cap sleeved mini dresses.