We chatted with founder William Banks-Blaney all about her best finds
Whether it’s psychedelic flares for a dinner date with George or statement white gloves on the red carpet, Amal Clooney is certainly not afraid to take risks when it comes to her wardrobe and she almost always seems to get it right. Cue a team of well-prepared stylists and assistants, right? Wrong.
The Lebanese-born lawyer does not have a stylist, preferring to shop for her eclectic looks herself. “Amal chooses everything herself whether the more formal, professional or playful pieces,” William Banks-Blaney, founder of WilliamVintage, one of Mrs. Clooney’s favorite vintage stores in London, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
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A treasure trove of high-end vintage pieces dating from the 1920s through to the 1990s, every unique piece is sourced by Banks-Blaney himself for his Marylebone, London, boutique which opened in December 2010. The shop was once considered a ‘secret’ amongst those in the know, and is now loved by celebrities such as Rihanna, Kate Moss and Rachel Zoe.
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While Clooney has been a customer of the boutique since 2015, it’s only recently that we have seen her publicly wearing so much vintage. Last month, she wore a green draped Madame Gres dress from 1945 to speak at the Google Zeitgeist event in the U.K and the following week she wore a cream Balenciaga coat dress from 1964 also from WilliamVintage teamed with retro black shades whilst in Rome.
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And let’s not forget the black sequin Saint Laurent dress from 1981 that she wore on the red carpet in Berlin back in February. Another find from the vintage brand which launched in 2009, it was constructed from silk and covered in 10,000 black micro-sequins and featured a transparent skirt of black tulle — again personally picked by the fashionable Londoner. “Amal has impeccable taste and understands fashion perfectly, irrespective of whether the piece is from WilliamVintage or from the contemporary collections,” states Banks-Blaney.
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And with a new e-commerce site having just launched last month, vintage fans can browse up to 1,000 unique pieces sourced from all over the globe at the click of their fingertips and the jet-settling lawyer can get her vintage fix on the move.
What do you think of Clooney’s hands-on approach to styling? What vintage look is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
— Monique Jessen