Does Justin Timberlake’s New Tom Ford Image Mean The End Of William Rast?

Justin Timberlake at the 2013 Grammys and at the William Rast fall 2010 NYFW show.
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Unless you’ve been living on an island completely alone/without internet/phones/anything but a coconut, you’d notice that Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience musical comeback also came with a serious style transformation. His precious ringlets have been replaced by a sleek pompadour and his rugged leather jacket and distressed jeans look has been swapped out for tailored suits and impeccable ties. And, according to a New York Times article that came out yesterday, you can thank Tom Ford for that. I mean, we already knew that Tom was behind JT’s killer ensembles in his “Suit & Tie” video, but we didn’t realize just how deep Mr. Ford’s influence on Justin’s look was. The article states that Justin “is in certain ways a Ford creation, right down to the modified pompadour. ’I happen to like the hair straighter,’ said Mr. Ford.” Oh, is that so, Tom? I mean, don’t get us wrong—we’re obsessed with JT’s new Rat Pack makeover, but what does this mean for the all-American William Rast label that he launched in 2005?

Well, rumors are circulating that Justin may officially abandon his clothing line. :( The NY Post said he’s still involved with the brand for now, but won’t be by the end of the year. I mean, considering they haven’t shown at New York Fashion Week since 2010 (as seen above), it’s not coming as that much of a shock to us. A William Rast spokesman told the NY Post that Justin is “eternally” connected to the brand because it’s “a combination of Justin’s grandfather’s name and Justin’s best friend’s grandfather’s name,” but they did not deny his departure. Iiinteresting. Wait, if JT is officially putting his premium denim days behind him, does this mean he’ll start making some suits (and ties)? Here’s hoping!

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