For years, image makers in the Hollywood celebrity red carpet dressing business have been used to hearing from stars, “Sorry, I have to wear Marchesa,” reports an L.A. publicist. “Why? Because of Harvey…It’s a brand he developed, too,” she added, suggesting that Marchesa, like Weinstein, is poised for a fall.
“No star is ever going to want to wear the brand again,” another publicist told me.
Some have suggested that Chapman may have turned a blind eye to Weinstein’s indiscretions, or as one publicist said, that they had an understanding because “they both benefited from the marriage.”
Although Weinstein has been a central figure in bridging the Hollywood and fashion worlds, with the Weinstein Co. producing Project Runway since its inception, and the producer himself a regular at Marchesa runway shows and starry Vogue magazine parties, the fashion industry has been slow to criticize him in the wake of the allegations. Longtime friend Anna Wintour has yet to make a statement, and designer Donna Karan initially defended Weinstein, only to walk it back. Instead, fashion insiders are reportedly rallying privately around Chapman, who is also a victim of this painful mess, even if she did tolerate it in some way.
It’s interesting to consider the fallout over Ivanka Trump’s fashion collection as a comparison. Her business was ravaged by the press, fashion press and otherwise, after it appeared that she tried to use the national political platform of her father’s presidency to market items from her brand, in particular a $10,000 bracelet from her fine jewelry line, which has since officially closed.