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14-07-2008
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William Rast F/W 08.09 : Erin Wasson & Justin Timberlake by Jonas Akerlund


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Justin Timberlake never really wanted to be the face of the William Rast brand.

That was, until new creative directors Johan and Marcella Lindeberg presented him with a plan.

"We came up with this idea for him to play a role as this guy named William Rast," Johan Lindeberg said. "So it isn't meant to be Justin, it's Justin playing a role, as an actor. When we explained the idea, he instantly loved it and got really into building the profile of this character."

The multimedia campaign includes a series of short, Web-based documentaries titled "My Name Is William Rast," featuring Timberlake, who represents a mysterious rebel, and model Erin Wasson, who plays Birdie, his love interest.

Shot and directed by Jonas Akerlund, a Grammy-winning filmmaker who has worked with the likes of Madonna and U2, the documentaries are set in what looks to be Timberlake's home state of Tennessee, although they were actually filmed in the contemporary brand's home base of Los Angeles.

The story follows Timberlake and Wasson on the run from what seems to be the police, as they have apparently just committed a crime. Decked head to toe in William Rast gear, the couple stops for occasional steamy make-out sessions before running through the woods to escape from gunshots heard in the distance.

Marcella Lindeberg said the films, which were all shot in 16-mm. for a raw feel, were created to leave something to the imagination.

"You never really know who they are running from or what they are running toward," she said. "But the characters are developed in such a way so we can carry the story on through seasons to come."

In addition to playing the leading role in the campaign, Timberlake also wrote the score and contributed to the screenplays.

The documentaries are set to air later this month on williamrastmovie.com. They will launch in conjunction with the redesign of the brand's Web site, williamrast.com, where the collection also can be purchased. While the films will serve as the centerpiece, a print campaign ó which was shot to look like a series of movie posters leading the reader to williamrastmovie.com ó is set to run in September issues of women's and men's high-end fashion magazines in the U.S. and internationally. It also will run outdoors, in select urban areas, including New York and Los Angeles.

"Fall will showcase our first full collection, so we felt that this was the right time to get the name and the image of the brand out there," said Colin Dyne, chief executive officer of William Rast. "At first, we were going to only do a print campaign, but we really wanted to utilize the Internet to reach our demographic and create a buzz around the brand. Using new media is crucial in today's world."
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I really don't believe for a second that Timberlake "never" wanted to be the face of Willliam Rast......

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i thought jonas akerlund will always be a director until i saw these ads.

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I really don't believe for a second that Timberlake "never" wanted to be the face of Willliam Rast......
That is exactly what I thought when I read the first sentence of that article!

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She better not be all over my man in theses :p

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Why not book a model?Justin can not take a good photo, although this looks interesting campaign it would look even better with not a famous face.

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I had no idea the Lindebergs were at William Rast.
This sounds totally lame, but I love Jonas Akerlund, so...

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I really don't believe for a second that Timberlake "never" wanted to be the face of Willliam Rast......
hahaha I thought the exact thing!...
hav to say, if thats the ad, no way...looks like hes takin a leak in one shot!also Erin doesnt really look model-esque here...

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Stop Justin i hate and boring me

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Gross justin, get out lol.

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doesn't he play this role 24/7? that i'm bad, i'm tough attitude.. it's not much of a stretch.

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I just think that Justin cheapens Erin Wasson's look.

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^ I highly disagree! This is going to be awesome. Akerlund is great.

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ewww justin, how cocky of you. to be expected I guess.

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