Georgina Chapman, the estranged wife of Harvey Weinstein, will go ahead with the autumn/winter 2018 show for her fashion label Marchesa, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The designer has been keeping a low profile since news broke about her husband’s years of sexual harassment and abuse, only speaking out to denounce his actions and express sympathy for his victims, as well as announcing her separation from him.
‘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,’ she told People back in October.
Her brand Marchesa became embroiled in the scandal when several actresses came forward saying that Weinstein had pressured them into wearing it to awards shows, including Felicity Huffman. People questioned how complicit Chapman was with her husband’s wrongdoing, with many turning against Marchesa as a result. Indeed, the fashion brand became omnipresent on the red carpet very quickly after its 2004 launch, largely through Weinstein’s connections.
Alyssa Milano, the actress who kickstarted the #MeToo movement that encouraged women share their stories of harassment and abuse, recently defended Chapman telling the Today show: ‘She’s an amazing mother. She’s an amazing woman, and I think her priority right now is focusing on how to raise those two children to the best of her capacity given the situation. This is not easy for her, but I have no doubt that not only will she come out on the other side of this, but she deserves too. She’s a good woman.’
Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan was unhappy with her words though, launching into a tirade on Twitter, saying: ‘You make me want to vomit. You actually gave me a body flashback. Well done, fake one.’
Despite the bad press, the scandal has done little to damage Chapman’s brand financially, with US department store Neiman Marcus telling The Hollywood Reporter that sales of Marchesa had not been affected.