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Thursday 30 October 2014

Timberlake's eclectic style

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake knows fashion so well, he is easy to dress, says Neil Barrett.

Neil Barrett is famed for his sporty aesthetic and has been working with the singer-and-actor for many years. What appeals to Neil most about the collaboration is that Justin has such a keen eye for fashion.

"I particularly like Justin's personal style. For me, it's like his music: a combination of urban/street with classical, which is the same as my design ethos. It's a hybrid of sartorial elements," he told vogue.co.uk.

Neil has been dressing Justin since 2008 and is happy to report that his favourite track of the star's is the classic SexyBack. He enjoys the 2006 pop anthem's "ironic" lyrics and admits he can't help giggling whenever he hears it.

Justin has created his own clothing in the past thanks to his label called William Rast. Despite that, he's always trusted Neil to make pieces for him, which is apparently because they have such similar tastes. The designer even dressed the musician for part of his The 20/20 Experience World Tour.

"Justin's been wearing my designs for some time now and we've worked together sufficiently for both of us to understand each other - fit, fabrics and design," Neil explained.

Justin confirmed he was leaving William Rast last year, but in April it was announced that he would be returning. The star created it with his is designer pal Trace Ayala in 2005, who discussed what is in store for the company earlier this year.

“[Justin] is one of those guys who is such a perfectionist in every single thing that he does,” Trace told WWD. “His plans for the future are so massive that you know, listening to him talk about it... I’m like, ‘Is this obtainable? Can we do this?’”

William Rast is majority owned by Sequential Brands Group Inc.

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