Can Marchesa brand survive scandal?
Designer announces she will leave Weinstein
Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are two fashion swans worthy of the red carpet gowns they create for A-list stars. So how will their dramatic luxury brand Marchesa fare in the onslaught of sexual abuse claims against Chapman’s disgraced husband, Harvey Weinstein?
Chapman took what some believed was her only brandsaving leap Tuesday as allegations against Weinstein mounted, breaking her silence when she told People she was leaving the film mogul she married in 2007.
The divorce revelation, following Weinstein’s remarks last week that she was standing by her man, came as some on social media called for a Marchesa boycott.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time,” Chapman said in her statement.
Marchesa did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.
As fashion fairytales go, this one is a classic — for Chapman and Weinstein, to be sure, but also for Chapman and Craig. The pair have been best friends since they met as teens in a life drawing class nearly a quarter century ago at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, Elle magazine wrote in 2011.
In 2003, Chapman was spotted at a party in one of her own designs by the late fashion magazine editor and muse Isabella Blow, who urged her to focus on the art of evening dressing.
Chapman and Craig founded Marchesa in 2004, the year Chapman met Weinstein at a party in New York City.
Though they didn’t date at first, the blog Jezebel noted Chapman’s coming out on the arm of Weinstein at the 2005 Golden Globe Awards. Marchesa had already dressed Renee Zellweger for the U.K. premiere of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004 and Cate Blanchett at the premiere of The Aviator, executive produced by Weinstein.
Weinstein and Chapman have two children, ages seven and four.
Marchesa designers Keren Craig, left, and Georgina Chapman at their new collection unveiling last week.