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Marchesa Postpones Its Press Preview Amid Harvey Weinstein Scandal

The news comes just one day after co-founder Georgina Chapman announced she is leaving Weinstein.

Marchesa, the fashion brand co-founded by Georgina Chapman, the now estranged wife of producer Harvey Weinstein, is already feeling the brunt of his scandal.

An email from the brand sent Wednesday revealed that its Oct. 12 press preview, where it planned to showcase its spring/summer 2018 collection, is being postponed “to a later date.” It did not cite the split ― which People announced Tuesday ― or any reason for that matter, for the postponement.

But in Chapman’s statement on the separation, she explained that she was using the time to focus on her children. She and Weinstein share two kids, India Pearl, 7, and Dashiell Max Robert, 4.

Weinstein and Chapman in February 2017.
Weinstein and Chapman in February 2017.

“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” she said. “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.”

Weinstein has been fired from his position at The Weinstein Company, had his membership with BAFTA suspended and has been condemned by countless celebritiessSince the New York Times broke the story detailing numerous accusations of sexual harassment and assault. More and more people have also come forward with their own experiences each day, including Cara Delevingne, Asia Argento and Angelina Jolie.

Chapman co-founded Marchesa with Karen Craig in 2004, and has struggled to disconnect itself from Weinstein and his star power since the two started dating in 2007. It is believed that he had a hand in getting A-listers who appeared in movies he produced to wear Marchesa’s designs ― although Weinstein himself has previously denied those allegations.

After helping “very, very little” with getting Renée Zellweger to wear the label’s design to promote Miramax film “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” in 2004, he eventually told Vogue in 2013, “It became actresses calling me on the phone asking if [Chapman] was available for them.”

Zellweger in Marchesa in 2004. 
Zellweger in Marchesa in 2004. 

This is not the only reported blow to the brand this week. A piece in The Hollywood Reporter reports that Helzberg Diamonds, which just six days ago shared news of a collaboration with the brand on social media, will not launch the line at this time.

As awards season approaches, there are sure to be ongoing developments on how this scandal will have an impact on Chapman’s brand.