Learn about the life, success and style of American pop star and fashion designer Justin Timberlake.
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Host: He may be the pop icon who brought Sexy Back but for singer Justin Timberlake, fame now comes in many forms and one is as a fashion designer for his own label William Rast.
Throughout his career, he has gone from strength to strength and has had continuous success. From his childhood in the Mickey Mouse Club to join the heartthrob boy band N-Sync in his early teens to becoming a successful solo artist with critically hailed albums, justified and Future Sex/Love Sounds topping the billboard charts, Timberlake has just about done it all.
He is an exceptional performer and dancer. He has received praise with his efforts as an actor, has opened restaurants and has the celebrity girlfriends. There is not much left for this talented entertainer to do except to start his own fashion company with long-time friend Trace Ayala.
William Rast is a Californian-based clothing company that was founded by Timberlake and Ayala in 2004. The title of the line William Rast is a no nudge to Timberlake and Ayala’s families. With William, the first name of Timberlake’s grandfather and Rast, the last name of Ayala’s. The two started the line with a goal of making denim that fits all shapes and sizes.
The William Rast look is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll but that’s what makes them stand out from the crowd. They have made sure they start to their Tennessee roots but having Timberlake celebrity status have also added in a little bit of glitz and glamour to cater for everybody’s taste. The denim always features their signature embroidery.
In 2006, 15 months after launching the label, Timberlake and Ayala debut their clothing line at Los Angeles Fashion Week and this was not only the talk of the town but also, the hottest ticket of the week.
Many celebrities attended to support the new line including celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and Timberlake’s girlfriend at the time, actress Cameron Diaz who was helping to promote the label by wearing it.
In 2008, Timberlake brought the audience to Tennessee during his William Rast show at New York Fashion Week.
Justin Timberlake: I think everything is sort of inspired by, I mean it’s a lot of different stuff but old Tennessee, new Tennessee, mostly Tennessee.
Host: Giving the runway a country Tennessee feel, the look was made up of biker jackets, denim vests, soft leather and army fatigue cotton with brass pyramid studs or fringe dresses with lean distressed jeans. Also featured were tailored leather jackets looking more refined along with super short and super wide ties.
The William Rast Spring Collection designed with Swedish designer Johan Lindeberg and his Italian wife Marcella was what Timberlake and childhood friend and business partner Ayala said they’d always been shooting for. Photos from Timberlake’s and Ayala’s travels and work inspired much of the collection.
Again, their line drew a crowd of well known names. Among those new audiences were Malin Akerman, Rachel Hunter and Emmanuel Chriqui of HBO’s “Entourage.”
Timberlake also presented a movie style trailer where he plays an outlaw character named William Rast alongside supermodel Erin Wasson as his girlfriend. The trailers range from about 15 seconds to over a minute.
Even though the William Rast label has been worn by many celebrities and the world’s elite, Timberlake certainly has a style of his own that can be seen at red carpet events or even out on a golf course after the singer and fashion designer teamed up with Callaway Golf Company to introduce FT-iQ.
Having one Grammy and Emmy Awards for his talent as an entertainer, Justin Timberlake has also gained huge recognition for his clothing line which he along with Ayala plan to turn into a lifestyle brand. He has now become an icon in the fashion world.