William Rast



New York: Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala’s William Rast collection offered a youthful perspective on most of Fashion Week’s trends seen so far. This season’s fringe was combined with the power shoulders of the last two seasons to give a tribal feel to a sporty grey sweatshirt. Leather and twill seemed to be the materials of choice, sometimes used together for contrast. The designers used biker vests and jackets, hippie headbands, raccoon tails, and messy hair to create rebellious, even edgy, looks. Baggy cargo pants worn with heels, combined with the season’s ubiquitous olive drab, made some of the models look like they were demonstrating how to wear army uniforms from day into night. The  popular Indian blanket coat was interpreted as a poncho with a waist belt; other Southwestern looks included leather jackets and vests that were trimmed in fringe. Most of the denim was patched, deconstructed or destroyed. Although the clothes were not particularly innovative or original, credit must be given to the designers for well-executed interpretations of trend-right looks for a young market.

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