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Jana Ruthberg is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan pursuing a major in Communications and a minor in Writing. She has a love for literature, creative writing, traveling crazy places, fashion and beauty, and good food. Especially good food. She is also a bit social media obsessed and you can often find her pining over the perfect Instagram filter—it’s usually Hudson—or crafting a quirky tweet.

Point Guard Russell Westbrook Collaborates with Barneys

Russell Westbrook, point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team might just be a modern day Renaissance man. More than just a basketball star, the 25-year old athlete is taking his talents into the fashion world by collaborating with Barneys New York. The Fall collection, called Westbrook XO (Exclusively Ours) Barneys New York will be available in stores this July.

The California-bred athlete turned into a fashionmister as he got older and earned enough money to really explore the fashion world. He names some of his favorite labels as Givenchy, Naked & Famous, and Rick Owens.

He tells Women’s Wear Daily: “I wasn’t able to buy things when I was younger, but now my fashion game has expanded.” Expand it did. The athlete is now known for his eclectic, bold fashion statements off the court with his signature bold patterned shirts, lensless glasses, and fitted trouser pants.

The fashionmister admits he is certainly not an outfit repeater. “I never wear the same shirt twice. Maybe I’ll wear jeans more than once. But some of the things I wear are loud, so once I wear them, that’s it. I give them away to friends or family,” he tells WWD.


Point Guard Russell Westbrook Collaborates with Barneys
Point Guard Russell Westbrook Collaborates with Barneys – Photo: Courtesy Photo

Westbrook will be sharing some of his stylish pizazz in his exclusive collection containing over sixty pieces. The looks include sportswear, eyewear, leather accessories, footwear, luggage, and denim. The athlete has partnered up with labels including Nike, Del Toro, Marcelo Burlon, Naked & Famous, Selima Optique, Globe Trotter, and Want Les Essentials de la Vie. Barneys executive vice president for men’s wear, Tom Kalenderian quoted in WWD said they “chose they designers because they were experts in their field and there was a natural fluidity with Russell’s style and taste”

Westbrook told WWD that he was “very involved” and “hand-on” in selecting the items of the collection, which Kalenderian attested to. He said Westbrook was “very accessible and stayed close” and “everything was very collaborative.” The collection will be shown later this month in Paris.





Cyprus born, British based designer, Hussein Chalayan has announced that he will be relaunching a line for men for spring 2015. Consisting of 22 looks, “Moor’s Chorus” is the designer’s return to menswear designs after a long wait. After cutting ties with Italian manufacturer Gibo eight years ago, Chalayan’s menswear work was limited. Known for his innovative, elegant ready-to-wear designs and beautiful draping, Chalayan is excited to delve back into designing for men.

In the words of the designer himself, the line is all done in lightweight fabrics, but is still smart and casual with both structured and slouchy elements, as well as many different textures and prints.

“I missed men’s wear, and this has been on the cards for a long time. We had a really good following, especially in the worlds of art and architecture, and our costumers haven’t stopped asking about it. Some are still wearing their old clothes,” the designer said.

The collection will be manufactured in Italy. Prices range from 140 euros, or $190, for a T-shirt to 600 euros, or $816, for outerwear. Sweaters are priced at about 350 euros, or $476, and dress shirts are priced at 230 euros, or $313.

The designer, proud of his collection asserts that: “It’s clothing I would wear. And the fit is important – we worked a lot on that.” While there are no plans to showcase the collection on the runway, fans of the designer are eager to see what he has conjured up for men this spring!



Pop star Justin Timberlake has teamed up with Milan-based English-bred designer, Neil Barrett to create a new wardrobe to kick off the second leg of his 20/20 Experience World Tour. The designer helped create new costumes for the singer himself, his band, and his dancers. The line reflects what both Barrett and Timberlake embody—modern cuts and sleek, tailored fits that combine elements from both informal street wear and formalwear. Barrett is known for his dark, modern cuts and lines, and this signature look is seen in JT’s tour collection.

Timberlake has donned Barrett’s designs in various music videos, such as “4 Minutes” by Madonna and his own “Take Back The Night.” He’s also sported the designer’s looks during his Legends of Summer 2013 Tour and at the 2013 MTV VMA’s. He rocked the new look on May 23 at his Abu Dhabi show at the Du Arena. JT looked positively handsome, simple and sleek in his various short sleeve patterned button downs and slouchy black pants. The singer even wore—and pulled off– a stylish fedora. Damn! The star looks sexy in just about everything, and this new collection is no exception. View few images of JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE’S WORLD TOUR: ALL DRESSED UP IN NEIL BARRETT !