Designer Georgina Chapman finally broke her six-day silence on Tuesday about her husband Harvey Weinstein by announcing she was leaving the embattled film mogul.
Fans of her fashion brand Marchesa, which she founded in 2004 with designer Keren Craig, couldn’t help but wonder what Chapman would do in the wake of the explosive reports that Weinstein harassed dozens of women over two decades.
Worn on red carpets all over the world, Marchesa is a go-to label for celebrities. But for what reason?
The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Weinstein forced many A-listers such as Sienna Miller and Felicity Huffman to wear his wife’s dresses.
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“He was the mastermind behind Marchesa — orchestrating deals and using his influence in terms of the celebrity connections for her on behalf of the brand,” an L.A. fashion publicist told the publication.
As for their marriage, the publicist added that it was understood that they both “benefited,” but Chapman “knew about his bad behavior.”
It remains to be seen how much fallout there will be.
But on Wednesday, family founded Helzberg Diamonds announced it would no longer carry Marchesa jewelry. The 18-piece collection was due to arrive in stores this month. “Marchesa Radiant Star” is now “Radiant Star” on the company’s website.
Chapman is not the only one feeling the sting of Weinstein’s transgressions.
Fellow designer Donna Karan was forced to apologize after praising the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein following his firing from his film company on Sunday.
“How do we present ourselves as women?" Karan said at Sunday's CinéFashion Film Awards in L.A. "Are we asking for it, by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality? And what are we throwing out to our children today about how to dance and how to perform and what to wear? How much should they show? I don't think it's only Harvey Weinstein ... We have to look at our world ... And how women are dressing and what they're asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble."She also said that some women are asking for “trouble” by dressing provocatively. In a statement Karan said she was “truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.”
These aren’t the only two grappling with the possible loss of business and the list is growing by the day. Hello, Ben Affleck?