You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't…etc., etc. Josh Goot
's Aussie roots are always there in the beachy underpinnings of his clothes. For Spring, that meant a scuba subtext: precisely engineered prints, bonded seams, body conscious all the way. Short dresses were high in the front, cut out at the back, like a Bond(i)-girl bathing suit. The footwear was influenced by surfboards. And the elongated T-shirt dresses and tanks felt like the kind of easy pieces you'd throw on after a day on the sand. The color palette, with its acids and its airbrushing, had the confident optimism of the eighties, as did the broad-shouldered black-and-white-patterned jackets Goot draped over his little dresses. He was born in 1980, so any echo of that decade was clearly fantasy on his part. But maybe that's what gave the collection its appealingly dreamy, graphic quality. Compensation enough for its lack of breadth or depth.