What, this old thing? Why Meghan smaaks secondhand
This is how A-listers learned to love a thrifty steal
If the Duchess of Sussex needs an outfit for an upcoming special occasion, she might ask her friends at Givenchy to whip up something nice, or challenge a young designer, such as Grace Wales Bonner, to take on the career-changing commission. But these days, it seems, she would be just as likely to opt for a new outfit that’s not very new at all.
Meghan’s interest in wearing vintage peaked when she was pregnant, evident in a series of 1960s trapeze-cut coats that elegantly accommodated her changing silhouette. She wore a Courrèges couture style in matelassé silk (circa 1965) for her baby shower in New York, and a satin Dior couture coat (by Marc Bohan in the 1960s) for Lena Tindall’s spring christening.
Meghan, like several other high-profile clients, finds her fashion rarities at William Vintage, the London emporium founded by the industry’s proclaimed “king of vintage” William Banks-Blaney in 2010. She might have met him through her friend Amal Clooney – the human rights lawyer is a loyal client and will wear, say, a Balenciaga wool day dress from 1958 for an important presentation at the UN, or a glamorous 2007 Jean-Louis Scherrer cape dress for a reception at Buckingham Palace...