Was she, to use a Trumpian word, complicit?
After initially standing by him, fashion designer Georgina Chapman announced on Tuesday that she is leaving her husband of 10 years, after sexual abuse allegations first exposed by the New York Times last week have piled up at an alarming rate, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne and many more stepping forward.
Now that Harvey Weinstein has left for an Arizona rehab facility, Chapman is left to figure out how or if she can salvage her fashion business Marchesa, founded in 2004 with former model Keren Craig, and sold at Neiman Marcus and high-end boutiques.
On Wednesday came the first concrete indication that the scandal is tarnishing her brand, long a go-to for red carpet dressing thanks in no small part to Weinstein’s connections and influence. A planned jewelry line, the Marchesa Radiant Star Collection of engagement rings, was scrapped by Kansas City, Mo.-based licensee Helzberg Diamonds. “The company is not launching the Marchesa brand at this time,” a representative for the Berkshire Hathaway brand confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
The news comes at a time when Marchesa was making a renewed push in the bridal wear market, on the heels of the Fall 2018 Marchesa and Marchesa Notte fashion presentations on Oct. 5 at New York Bridal Fashion Week, and several social media posts from Helzberg trumpeting the coming jewelry range.
But should Chapman pay for Weinstein’s sins–should a woman be defined by the actions of a husband, a father or a brother? It is her company after all, not his and he is the abuser, not her. But, as one fashion executive wrote to me, Marchesa “clearly benefited greatly from the twisted arrangements. It also seems bizarre that this scandal could be so extensive and apparently the worst kept secret in Hollywood, yet she had no idea. Helzberg just wants to distance themselves from anything scandalous. I don’t think [Berkshire Hathaway CEO] Warren Buffett could stomach it.”