The other night i popped into Josh Goot‘s shop to check out his Spring Summer 2011 collection. Glenmore road was dark and autumny but Josh’s shop was absolutely popping with colour and light.
Along with a glass of Verve and a catch up on goss with Josh’s stunning girlfriend Christine Centenera, i had a chance to get a few words from the man himself. I’ve known Josh for a long time and he is simply the nicest, most down to earth guy you could ever meet. Not to mention an amazingly talented designer!
Tanja Gacic: What can you tell me about this collection? What was the inspiration behind it?
Josh Goot: This collection is inspired by photosynthesis,that was the starting point also for the print story.
TG: Who did the prints?
JG: Shane Sakkeus
TG: They are so beautiful. Tell me what do you think about neoprene? What does using that fabric evoke in you?
JG:Well you know two things. Firstly we used a little bit of neoprene in the collection ,we bonded our silk prints to neoprene base in some stories but one design story that people are confusing with neoprene is actually a viscose lycra bonded to a thin foam base, something we developed here in Sydney. I suppose these fabrics evoke a sense of sport and performance to me.
TG: Did you always want to be a designer?
JG: Not really, i actually really wanted to be in film and music and i started studying communications and then the idea of communication kinda transferred to fashion
TG: What about when you were 5 years old? What did you want to be then?
JG: I dunno,i don’t remember being 5 years old, i have no idea!
TG:I suppose it was a while ago, you must be my age? 30?
JG: 31,i’m 31 (shakes his head like it’s really old in mock)
TG: Ha,ha,ha! And tell me where would you like to be in 20 years from now?
JG:You know in 20 years i’d really like to be chilling,you know what i mean? In 20 years i’ll be 51, it would be good to
have a family..it’s be nice to be reading more,learning other stuff,other than fashion.Or ,if i was still working in fashion, it would be nice to be working at a different pace,a different reality.
TG:Yeah, how do you feel about doing a gazillion collections that designers seem to be required to do these days?
JG:It’s just full on,yeh,intense,stressful,busy,always busy,you know no rest.
TG:I spoke to Richard Nicoll the other day about this and he said the same thing..
JG: Yeah i spoke to Ritchard too when he was down here and you know we all go through that,it’s so taxing,i’ve had moments when i was a bit sick of it,but you know you come back and you get right back in to it.I think when you do something that is so personal,it takes a lot out of you and you need to recover.It takes a little bit of time to recover when you put so much of yourself into your work and then you can regroup and do it all over again.
TG: Do you think pre-collections,pre-sales etc take the anticipation out of main collections these days?
JG: No i don’t think so, i think people who follow fashion or are into fashion, they want to see it and get it, be a part of it immediately, that’s all it is.
TG: Lastly what is your favourite fabric at the moment?
JG: As boring as it may sound silk,we are are working with a lot of different silk articles..
TG: Silk is not boring! It is amazing! And i’ve heard you source your silks from the best European mills.
JG:Yeah we try to source them as beautiful as we can find them.
TG: Thanks Josh!
I must say i had a look through the racks and couldn’t decide on just one thing to buy! The whole collection is incredible and there are so many wearable separates. The clothes are incredibly well made and the fabrics are divine. Right now though it’s between these two skirts. I can’t work out if i need to go with more neutral or a splash of colour…Hmmmm..Save for both!