It's been a while since we've really heard anything about William Rast, the men's and women's clothing label Justin Timberlake founded with his friend Trace Ayala back in 2005. The line was one of few celebrity clothing endeavors to be immediately embraced by the fashion industry--everyone from Anna Wintour to JC Chasez attended the runway shows and remember that Target collaboration? After that, it seemed like someone lost interest, whether it was us, the fashion industry, or Timberlake himself (when was the last time he stepped out in something other than Tom Ford--let alone William Rast?), but apparently it's still around.
LOS ANGELES-Saturday night Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala, the boys behind the clothing line William Rast, launched their limited edition line for Target with a special shopping event. And it was some party. Guests entering the industrial space in downtown Los Angeles were instantly transported into the William Rast for Target world of rebellious biker culture. The brand’s campaign video, set in some remote country landscape, was projected high up on the walls, and carpeted lounge-like shopping areas throughout the warehouse lent the event a bohemian, laid back vibe. Even the dressing rooms, seemingly made from wooden shipping crates, complemented the rough and tough aesthetic of the brand. (Super creative idea; unfortunately it was also claustrophobia-inducing.) Lucky party-goers got to beat the Target crowds and shop the Western-inspired collection alongside celebs like Rachel Bilson, Anna Faris, and Malin Akerman. (As well as that dude from Gossip Girl and The Social Network.) In between bites of mac and cheese and mini ice cream sandwiches, we also spotted Joy Bryant, Minka Kelly, and Chord Overstreet of Glee checking out the goods. As cool as the party was, the night's real stand-out was the super affordable and entirely-wearable collection, with pieces ranging from $16.99 to $199.99.
Do you own a pair of William Rast jeans? Neither do we. But the brand does put on a pretty awesome show each season, which means we wouldn't be opposed to investing. That is, if we ever actually saw the product in stores. Now's our chance; and at a much saner price. The Justin Timberlake-lead label is teaming up with Target on a collection that will hit stores December 19, according to WWD. Prices aren't out yet, but considering what Target has charged in the past for the Go International line--as well as the the fact that this will certainly be sold to the masses as "Justin's work,"--the pieces will probably range from $15 to $80.
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