William Banks-Blaney

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William Banks-Blaney
Born
William Banks-Blaney

England
OccupationFashion expert and founder of williamvintage
Websitewww.williamvintage.com

William Banks-Blaney is a British fashion expert. The founder of vintage haute couture brand WilliamVintage, he is referred to as "The Vintage King" by Vogue,[1] Harper's Bazaar,[2] The Times,[3] The Telegraph,[4] The Independent,[5] and The New York Times[6] and he is Global Style Ambassador to American Express.[7]

WilliamVintage[edit]

Banks-Blaney launched WilliamVintage in 2010 to offer the finest vintage clothing and vintage haute couture. In addition to the WilliamVintage London store, following successful pop-ups in both Selfridges[8] and Brown's of South Molton Street,[9] the company launched online in 2013 to great international acclaim[10][11][12][13][14] including a full profile in The New York Times.[15]

WilliamVintage clients include Meghan, Duchess of Sussex,[16] Amal Clooney,[17] Rachel Zoe,[18] Tilda Swinton, Emma Thompson,[19] Sally Hawkins,[20] Kristin Scott Thomas,[21] Gillian Anderson,[22] Helen McCrory,[23] Nigella Lawson,[24] Lily Allen,[25] and Lana del Ray.[26]

In his role as both Global Style Ambassador to American Express and founder of William Vintage, Banks-Blaney hosts the annual WilliamVintage Dinner to celebrate London Fashion Week and the legacy of vintage haute couture.[27] Previous co-hosts have included Gillian Anderson[28] and Lady Amanda Harlech[29] with guests including Erin O'Connor,[30] Rosamund Pike,[31] Andrea Riseborough,[32] Laura Carmichael,[33] Suki Waterhouse,[34] Vanessa Kirby,[35] Douglas Booth,[36] Luke Evans,[37] Chris O'Dowd,[38] and David Downton.[39] The Dinner has been featured in Vanity Fair,[40] Perez Hilton,[41] The Daily Mail,[42][deprecated source] Grazia[43] and many other international titles.

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2012 Banks-Blaney was announced as the national Fashion Patron for Oxfam and Creative Director of the 2012 Oxfam fashion campaign.[44] To mark the appointment, he created a series of masterclasses and shopping edits for Oxfam, shown on Vogue.com.[45] Banks-Blaney directed the Oxfam fashion campaign featuring supermodel Jacquetta Wheeler and shot by Guy Aroch which featured in national press, advertising and in Oxfam stores nationwide.[46] Banks-Blaney executes all his work for Oxfam entirely free of fees, charges and expenses.

Education and public speaking[edit]

Banks-Blaney is a guest lecturer at the Conde Nast College of Art and Design[47] and has spoken at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The London Fashion and Textile Museum and has previously been a featured panellist at the Vogue Festival in London.[48]

Television and publishing[edit]

Banks-Blaney has made various TV appearances in the US and UK. In the US, he has been interviewed for CNBC Business[49] and appeared in four episodes of the Bravo show The Rachel Zoe Project.[50] In the UK, he has been a guest on BBC Breakfast discussing the Academy Awards[51] and has been a guest on prime-time vintage show 'This Old Thing', described by Channel 4 as "The UK's foremost vintage fashion expert".[52] In September 2013, Quadrille Publishing announced it has signed Banks-Blaney for his first book 25 Dresses, a hard-back book focusing on the evolution of women's fashion and the legacy of haute couture in the 21st century, launching March 2015.[53]

Personal life[edit]

Banks-Blaney had a previous relationship with Gregory Barker, the UK Climate Change Minister. In October 2006 it was announced Barker had left his wife for Banks-Blaney amid intense media scrutiny upon them both.[54]

As the news of Banks-Blaney's relationship with Barker became public, The Daily Mail, the London Evening Standard and The Sun mistakenly ran articles accusing Banks-Blaney of having fled the country owing Viscount Linley £500,000 for two paintings stating that Linley's solicitors were involved. Banks-Blaney's lawyers, Carter-Ruck, soon issued a statement that ‘William Banks-Blaney has won substantial damages from the publishers of the Evening Standard and The Sun over false allegations which 'impugned his integrity'.[55] All three newspapers printed subsequent apologies stating that ‘In fact, no such arrangement was ever made nor did David Linley instruct solicitors to recover the money or paintings. We apologise for any embarrassment caused.’[56]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Vintage King". Vogue.
  2. ^ "In conversation with William Banks-Blaney". Harper's Bazaar.
  3. ^ "A man that does". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  4. ^ "A Perfect Vintage". The Telegraph.
  5. ^ "The king of vintage: William Banks-Blaney picks his award-season favourites". The Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  6. ^ "'Vintage King' Mines the Past". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  7. ^ "American Express partners with William Banks-Blaney". fashionmonitor.com. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  8. ^ "The King Of Vintage Takes Over Selfridges". Vogue.
  9. ^ "We Love WilliamVintage". Browns.
  10. ^ "Britain's Vintage King Goes Global". Vogue.
  11. ^ "Vintage Fashion Just Got Even Easier To Shop Online - Say Hello To WilliamVintage.com". Marie Claire.
  12. ^ "Britain's Vintage King Goes Global". Vogue UK. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Fashion Focus Vintage Haute Couture, Now Online". Vogue India. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Vintage shopping gets a whole lot easier thanks to William Banks-Blaney". Glamour. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  15. ^ "'Vintage King' Mines the Past". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Meghan Markle Dressed in a William Vintage Coat and Skinny Jeans for Her NYC Baby Shower". Elle. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Amal Clooney Pulled Out Vintage Couture to Dine at Buckingham Palace". Vogue. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Launching Today: WilliamVintage's Shopping Site". The Zoe Report. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Emma Thompson from 2014 SAG Awards Red Carpet Arrivals". E!. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  20. ^ "Celebrity Glamour Awards 2014". glamour.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  21. ^ "Baftas 2015 Fashion – red carpet hits and misses: Hit Kristin Scott Thomas in WilliamVintage". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  22. ^ "Gillian Anderson – BAFTAs 2012". InStyle.
  23. ^ "The Baftas, WilliamVintage and the GCC". Eco-Age.
  24. ^ "Nigella Lawson: Feel the Fear and Cook It Anyway". port-magazine.com. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  25. ^ "Lily Allen Shows Off Her Post-Baby Bod at the Pre-BAFTAs Dinner". Perez Hilton.
  26. ^ "Lana Del Rey's The Voice The Voice UK performance gets mixed reaction". The Metro.
  27. ^ "The WilliamVintage Dinner". WilliamVintage.com.
  28. ^ "InStyle celebrates BAFTAs with WilliamVintage". instyle.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  29. ^ "Vintage Shines at London Dinner". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  30. ^ "The WilliamVintage Dinner in Partnership With American Express – Arrivals". gettyimages.in. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  31. ^ "WilliamVintage – VIP Dinner". gettyimages.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  32. ^ "InStyle celebrates BAFTAs with WilliamVintage". instyle.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  33. ^ "InStyle celebrates BAFTAs with WilliamVintage". instyle.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  34. ^ "WilliamVintage – VIP Dinner". gettyimages.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  35. ^ "InStyle celebrates BAFTAs with WilliamVintage". instyle.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  36. ^ "InStyle celebrates BAFTAs with WilliamVintage". instyle.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  37. ^ "InStyle celebrates BAFTAs with WilliamVintage". instyle.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  38. ^ "InStyle celebrates BAFTAs with WilliamVintage". instyle.co.uk/celebrity/news/instyle-celebrates-baftas-with-williamvintage. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  39. ^ "The WilliamVintage Dinner in Partnership With American Express – Arrivals". gettyimages.in. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  40. ^ "WilliamVintage on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 9 February 2015.[non-primary source needed]
  41. ^ "Lily Allen Shows Off Her Post-Baby Bod at the Pre-BAFTAs Dinner". perezhilton.com. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  42. ^ "Emilia Fox looks the perfect '50s housewife at BAFTA event". Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  43. ^ "Grace Woodward is Our Party Reporter – the William Vintage Dinner to the BAFTA Awards!". graziadaily.co.uk. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  44. ^ "William Banks-Blaney Named Oxfam Fashion Patron". Vogue.
  45. ^ "Oxfam WilliamVintage Edit: Festive" – via YouTube.
  46. ^ "Behind the scenes at the Oxfam and WilliamVintage photo shoot". Oxfam.
  47. ^ "Conde Nast College on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 9 February 2015.[non-primary source needed]
  48. ^ "Is it All About the Red Carpet?". Vogue. UK. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  49. ^ "How to Make Investments in High Fashion". CNBC.
  50. ^ "The Rachel Zoe Project". Bravo, The Rachel Zoe Project.
  51. ^ "BBC Breakfast on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 9 February 2015.[non-primary source needed]
  52. ^ "Dawn O'Porter celebrates vintage fashion with This Old Thing". Channel 4, This Old Thing.
  53. ^ "DCD Publishing Secures deal and global representation for 'The Vintage King'". dcdmedia.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  54. ^ "Menage a Tories – The MP, the loyal wife and his gay lover". London Evening Standard. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  55. ^ "William Banks-Blaney". Carter-Ruck.
  56. ^ "News in brief". London Evening Standard.

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