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- October 23, 2006
- Vol. 66
- No. 17
William Rast's Justin Timberlake & Trace Ayala
The Spring 2007 collection debuts in eight days. Who's more stressed?
TIMBERLAKE: He is. He has more information than I do.
AYALA: There's just not enough time. I'm stressed about production.
TIMBERLAKE: We can come up with a million ideas, but if we can't execute them, it's frustrating. It's not good for my A.D.D.
As fashion show newcomers, what's your goal?
TIMBERLAKE: We wanted something respectful to the fashion world, but that would also tip it on its head. If there's one thing I know how to do, it's make a presentation from a stage.
Of the two of you, who's more fashionable?
TIMBERLAKE: Trace. Trace used to style us both.
AYALA: Yeah, but I definitely rip stuff from him too.
TIMBERLAKE: When we were kids we used to call each other to make sure that we would not wear the same thing. We would go to the store ...
AYALA: ... and buy the same polo shirts and jackets and jeans. I was like, "You ain't wearing the green polo shirt today because I already have it on." "With the Jordans?" "Yeah."
Is it hard being friends and business partners?
TIMBERLAKE: Not really.
AYALA: We're more like brothers.
TIMBERLAKE: Our parents were best friends in high school. They had us three months apart. I don't have a true sibling, but Trace is the closest.
Even brothers fight.
AYALA: Oh yeah, we fight.
TIMBERLAKE: For three minutes, then we're over it. Guys don't fight like girls. Girls will fight about the same thing a year later.
What do your grandfathers think of William Rast?
AYALA: When you bring home a shirt with their names on it, they light up.
TIMBERLAKE: They don't understand some hip-hopper walking down the street in our jeans. [But] I gave my granddad our first windbreaker. He said, "I really like this because it's a nice fabric and it keeps me warm." That's it.
Has your fame helped or hurt?
TIMBERLAKE: Honestly, having my name attached—as much attention as that draws, it's also the biggest thorn in your side. I told Trace it wasn't going to work unless we slummed it and did it the right way.
AYALA: [The name] spreads like wildfire when you announce it, but when there's no wood to burn, you've got a problem.
What is your design inspiration?
TIMBERLAKE: Our double lives. We go home [to Memphis] and you won't catch Trace out of cargo overalls. But here in L.A. you won't catch him in them. Where we came from, fashion is functional.
AYALA: Here fashion is not comfortable.
TIMBERLAKE: The biggest compliment we've gotten, especially from the fe-males, is "I love the way these jeans fit my a--." That's big for us.
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