Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig exiting fashion house

Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig is leaving the luxury fashion house.The designer, who co-founded the company with Georgina Chapman in 2004, announced her resignation via a statement released by her representative on Tuesday. “While I have made the dif…

Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig is leaving the luxury fashion house.

The designer, who co-founded the company with Georgina Chapman in 2004, announced her resignation via a statement released by her representative on Tuesday.

“While I have made the difficult decision to part ways with Marchesa, I have tremendous pride in the company, the team, and the many successes achieved,” Craig said. “Marchesa will always be the realisation of a dream. Over the last 16 years, it has been the most incredible and fulfilling professional journey. I am excited to now begin exploring additional creative opportunities and to push my potential as a designer in new directions.”

It’s been a rough 18 months for the New York-based fashion house, after Chapman’s estranged husband Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, abuse and rape by a number of women in a series of exposes in U.S. newspapers, allegations he has denied.

The 43-year-old, who shares daughter India and son Dashiell with the disgraced movie producer, was forced to cancel the Marchesa fall 2018 runway show in the wake of the scandal, and the label has not appeared on the fashion calendar since.

Some Hollywood stars began boycotting the brand, but Scarlett Johansson braved the critics in May last year as she stepped out in a Marchesa gown at the Met Gala.

Priyanka Chopra was then spotted wearing a sleeveless gown by the fashion house at her bridal shower before her wedding to Nick Jonas in December, and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour even threw her support behind the company, urging people to have compassion for Chapman.

“I believe that one should not hold a person responsible for the actions of his or her partner,” the 69-year-old insisted in an interview last year.

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