Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is going to jail! Ah, it feels so good to call him the thing that he objectively is. While we all wait to see how long he’ll be sentenced to, as well as how the charges against him in Los Angeles unfold, his family has been dealing with the fallout of being associated with an internationally known scumbag. Weinstein’s adult children have allegedly disowned him. His ex-wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, filed for divorce shortly after Ronan Farrow’s piece in The New Yorker fully exposed the extent of his violent crimes. Now, she’s apparently moved on with a certain Oscar-winning actor.
According to Page Six, who is typically pretty solid with stories like this. Chapman has been dating Adrien Brody for several months. Rumors swirled last year about this but seldom from reliable sources. The paper has a picture of the pair together in Puerto Rico with a host of celebrities for the launch of model Helena Christensen’s swimwear line last April. Do you think Brody will buy her a castle too?
Georgina Chapman remains a tricky figure to discuss in the context of Weinstein and his crimes. She was his much younger second wife who rose to prominence in the fashion world at a speedy rate. Her gowns were worn on some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, many of whom were connected to Miramax and The Weinstein Company. It later emerged that some actresses had been browbeaten and borderline blackmailed into wearing Marchesa by Weinstein as part of their promotional duties for his films. Chapman denies any prior knowledge of Weinstein’s abuses before the news broke, although it’s hard not to be cynical about how aware she truly was about her husband’s strongarming of massive celebrities into her designs when she was a total nobody in the fashion world.
Chapman still works at Marchesa but her co-founder Keren Craig left the company in June of last year. The brand has the support of influential publications like Vogue in its corner and celebs are slowly returning to Marchesa for big events, including Scarlett Johansson. I don’t want to blame Chapman for the decades of crimes committed by her husband. It’s mega sh*tty to lay the blame of men’s ills at women’s feet. What Weinstein represents, however, is a tangled web of culpability and an attitude of complicit actions that spread far and wide, from film to journalism to, yes, fashion. One of the ways Weinstein kept women under his thumb and in a state of fear for their careers was through the clothes they wore to promote their work. Chapman benefitted from that. She shouldn’t live forever under Weinstein’s shadow, but she and the business she is a part of still have a lot of things they need to think about, in my opinion.
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