On the 21st of September as a part of London Fashion week, I visited an amazing event – the annual private dinner of a famous vintage brand William Vintage, which took place in Claridge’s Hotel Ballroom.
The evening, attended by more than 140 guests, was dedicated to the launch of the debut collection of contemporary clothes from William Vintage, created in a collaboration with the famous Liberty store, and cooperating with Liberty is regarded as an honour among the many designers and world’s biggest brands.
The collection will be released in November and will be called William for Liberty. It will include both day and evening garments, outerwear and accessories with the famous floral prints of the 1960s (it was clothing and fabrics with floral prints, which made Liberty famous at the time), hand picked by WIlliam in the unique archives of the store. As tribute to the traditions and the brand’s legacy, every little bit of the collection will be made in the UK.
Speaking of the first modern collection, the founder of William Vintage – WIlliam Banks Blaney admitted, that this time he’s taken his inspiration from the clean, clear-cut lines of the 1960’s era, in the bright floral blocks and impeccable cut, typical at the time, but also ideal for the modern lady.
William himself for a long time has been nicknamed The Vintage King – his vintage clothes from couture has been recognized worldwide and is successfully sold at Selfridges and Brown’s in London. Among the famous clients are Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe, Helena Bonham Carter, Lana Del Rey and many other celebrities.
This year the evening was attended by famous British actresses Emilia Fox, Anna Friel, Gemma Chan, designer Tiffany de Luce, TV star Millie Mackintosh, a writer and broadcaster Dawn O’Porter and other representatives of the music, film and art industries.
When getting ready for the evening, I opted for an amazing vintage Christian Dior 1963 dress from William Vintage, which I completed with a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes, a Dior bag and Wolford gloves. To accent the dress, I put on a Stella McCartney belt, and completed the look with a pair of vintage earrings from the year 1930.
We’ll be eagerly expecting the launch of the William for Liberty collection in November!