Anna Wintour has thrown her weight behind Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
The British designer split from the movie mogul after news of his alleged sexual misconduct broke last year (17), with her New York-based fashion brand facing an unofficial Hollywood boycott ever since.
However, after Scarlett Johansson stepped out in a Marchesa gown at the 2018 Met Gala on Monday (07May18) the label is once again in the spotlight, with U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour now publicly voicing her support for both Chapman and her company.
“Georgina is essentially quite old-fashioned, and just as she was always the good daughter – she is still very close to her family – she also became the good wife,” she wrote in her editor’s letter for the June edition of the fashion publication. “She adored Harvey, but in the blink of an eye, she went from being in a seemingly happy marriage to looking back on a relationship that had become both bewildering and terrifying.”
In a wide-ranging interview published by Vogue on Thursday, Chapman admitted that she was “humiliated” and “broken” after the allegations levelled at Weinstein emerged, and she was deeply worried for the two children she shares with him: daughter India, seven, and five-year-old son Dashiell.
She also discussed how she went into hiding for five weeks as she felt it wouldn’t have been “respectful” for her to be seen in public and how she was undertaking therapy to help deal with the turmoil.
After speaking with Chapman, Wintour explained that she is “firmly convinced” the fashion star had no knowledge of her partner’s alleged behaviour, which he has denied, and that blaming her for any of the scandal would be pointless.
“I believe that one should not hold a person responsible for the actions of his or her partner. What Georgina should be receiving is our compassion and understanding. Just before we finished this issue, I met with her again,” the 68-year-old insisted. “While still in turmoil, she was intent on doing her best for the children she loves so much, and ready for life as an independent woman.”
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