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Is JT a Jay-Z Wanna Be?

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Pop singer Justin Timberlake, who's singlehandedly bringing sexy back, (we've just gotten ours, what about you?) is now a playah in the design game, a la Gwen Stefani, Diddy, J-Lo and the mogul who does it the best: Jay-Z.

JT debuted his William Rast line on Tuesday night at the Social on Sunset Boulevard. And while Jay-Z's Rocawear just oozes hip and urban without really trying (Michael Knight should pay attention), LAist is still trying to figure out what Justin's line says to us -- besides trying to follow in the footsteps of the Roc-A-Fella mogul who can seemingly do it all.

According to the William Rast site, the clothing is a blend of "blend of city slick and southern sophistications." But we picked up one reporter's account of the new collection from yesterday's Los Angeles Daily News:

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On the runway, there were skinny jeans for men and women, topped with tanks or muscle shirts. There were also country-inspired checkered shirts for men decorated with ruffles or leather details. Some were shown with ascots. Women's styles included cropped cardigans, shrunken sweaterdresses and puffy-sleeved blouses with bows at the neck...Men wore plaid blazers with attached leather vests over slim-fitting slacks. Accessories were key as each outfit was adorned with oversized belt buckles or chunky pendants. One was a skull, another looked like a grenade.

Party dresses for women were funky and flirty. One ice-blue shift was dangerously low cut, with strands of pearls serving as safety straps. Another featured a shredded scoop neck bedazzled with tiny rhinestones. A polka-dotted, 1950s-style dress had a full skirt, puffy sleeves and a black ribbon belt.

From this description and the pictures we've seen, it looks like Justin's trying to bring the preppy back, too.

Too bad we've seen this stuff before on Pony Boy, Johnny and the Socs in The Outsiders.

AP photo by Dan Steinberg