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Georgina Chapman is no longer 100% behind Harvey Weinstein

Georgina
Chapman is no longer 100% behind Harvey Weinstein
>  And
> now for the news with the real substance… If
> I am going to write about a Hollywood scandal involving
> people I’ve never met, at least I can claim pride in one
> thing: 
> this is breaking news. 
> This is breaking news as I write this,
> two hours before deadline, but it won’t be breaking news
> when this column goes
> to print. 
> Georgina Chapman,
> fashion goddess, founder of Marchesa, and wife of Harvey
> Weinstein, is leaving
> him. 
> She just made this announcement. After
> the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual sociopathy broke
> in a New York Times article, I got to thinking…what kind
> of a woman is Georgina
> Chapman. I
> had first seen Chapman’s face on the cover of a local New
> York magazine, a neighborhood glossy, where she talked about
> her fashion line
> and upcoming (2007) marriage to Weinstein. 
> “Did you see that beautiful designer who married
> this scruffy guy named
> Harvey Weinstein?” I asked my friend. 
> Then the retort with the knowing look, “Harvey
> Weinstein is biiiig.” It
> puzzled me. 
> Here was a movie-star beautiful, well-schooled lady
> marrying a much
> older man who wouldn’t even tuck in his shirt for the red
> carpet, who wouldn’t even
> shave. 
> Early on in their
> relationship, Chapman made bit appearances in movies like Factory
> Girl and Match
> Point,
> among others. 
> And then there is
> the success of Marchesa. The
> brand started in 2004, the same year Chapman met
> Weinstein. 
> The Marchesa line has
> been an easy standout for its creative textile, which, it
> turns out, can be credited
> to cofounder Keren Craig. 
> Because
> of the timing, it is impossible to tell what of Marchesa’s
> success was due to
> the Weinstein effect. 
> Nor should
> there be a question that the success was tied in part to the
> Hollywood producer. 
> Weinstein was helpful not just in
> getting Marchesa gowns on big actresses but Chapman’s red
> carpet appearances served
> as ongoing publicity for the line. 
> Well known designers are often well known because
> they were known before
> (think Stella McCartney) or they were close to people who
> could trigger fame
> (think Tory Burch). 
> But I suspect
> IBM Watson’s 2016 collaboration with Marchesa to create a
> dress for the Met
> Gala that would dynamically change color according to moods
> reflected on
> Twitter feeds was not a Weinstein victory. 
> It is the first time fashion and Artificial
> Intelligence
> have come together. 
> And the dress,
> like many things out of Marchesa, was exquisite. Over
> the last several days, a few articles have come out
> about Harvey Weinstein’s media shy wife. 
> Some were defending her character, hence her
> career. 
> Others were tying Marchesa’s ascent to
> Chapman’s relationship with the predatory producer. 
> Chapman’s announcement today makes clear which was
> her true
> love. As
> for Hollywood’s treatment of women in general, it is
> atrocious. 
> The practice of abusing starlets, real
> and aspiring, is worse than an open secret. 
> The women making claims now were likely abused during
> other
> auditions, during other projects. 
> If you think of anyone in power in the entertainment
> industry, suspect
> guilt. 
> That popular opinion now
> chooses to treat this behavior with shock and
> disapproval…well, it’s about
> time. 
> It’s about time that women
> have recourse that is actually more potent than the threat
> of a lawsuit. 
> The media is finally there to help deal
> the dying blows to these predators. 
> Public opinion is finally there to back them
> up. This is what I hope comes out of the past two
> days. 
> I hope it means that times have
> changed. 
> I hope it means female
> objectification is despised, even if a President does
> it. 
> I hope Ellen Pao (formerly of Kleiner Perkins) gets
> her day in court, even if it’s the court of public
> opinion.  
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> also hope the Marchesa line survives. 
> Some of those gowns in the Fall 2017 Collection
> are simply works of art.
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