Fashion is somewhat obsessed with the next. The moment the next arrives we grow weary for the next is no longer the next, it is the now. The new next happens to be Australian designer Josh Goot. Good or bad someone always has something to say.
Recent sitings in the press and in the online blogs talk about Goot doing a torpedoing his collective future by selling a nearly identical version of his high priced line downmarket at Target. The pundits declared that Goot may have squandered the goodwill given to him by an adoring press and the mounting good clippings he received. Why buy the ready to wear line at a premium when one can have nearly the same line by walking into an Australian Target?
The pundits may have been wrong on Goot by all accounts if his Spring /Summer 2008 show is to be his mouthpiece of sorts. Goot deftly shows his prowess in understanding the female form with attention to little touches vis a vis his usage of the right materials and the right cut.
For his Spring/Summer 2008 collection, Goot decided to bring the now oft-visited metallics over for another season. Many designers simply won’t let go and Goot is no different, but he shows more than a flash of brilliance by celebrating the female form through a pairing of the aforementioned metallics and using shapes to tell a story. The shapes in question come in the form of stunning asymetrical dresses, halter dresses, leggings with a variety of adventurous ring-like prints (almost an homage of sorts to the Olympic rings) and shear shimmery tops that beg to be brought over to this side of the ocean.
Some of his standout pieces for the season include this sky/white asymetrical halter dress that stuns when seen in motion. Nearly from fitting at the top and around the hips the dress gives a bit prior to hitting the knee but not carelessly so. It’s easy to juxtapose the just described asymetrical halter dress and the gold/metallic shimmery shear piece wondering whether they are from the same designer. They are and that in and of itself is an accomplishment for Goot. It truly shows that the Australian has range. It also shows that his Spring/Summer 2008 line was a complete success.
What of the naysayers that point to the Target debacle? He doesn’t seem worried and neither should we. If his most recent showing is any indication he’s decades away from an epitaph for his career being written and gets to enjoy the luxury of being the next for just a little while longer.