Josh GootSydney-based designer Josh Goot has got the goods. At just 25, he has already become a darling of the Down Under media. The reason: his collection of easy, tailored sportswear. In fact, his press clippings weigh in like a heavy tome, and this year he won the coveted Tiffany & Co. Designer Award at the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

And to think that it began with a series of testosterone-heavy printed Ts. “We were so naïve,” Goot says with a laugh, referring to his first fashion endeavor, called Platform: an urban shirt collection he began in 2001 that featured front-and-center prints of jets, satellites, war or space themes. “At that time, I thought they were the coolest thing ever.” Now, after three years, Goot has cleaned up his act — literally. “It got a bit intense for people,” the Aussie says of the tail-end of Platform, when the prints became too heavy-handed and conceptual. He bills his new line as “a return to clean,” a much-needed counterpoint to the current Australian “anti-clean,” where “everything is overworked, distressed or embellished,” he says.

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