Georgina Chapman’s fashion label in trouble amid Weinstein scandal

The future of fashion brand Marchesa is in question — and it’s all because of the man who put the fashion label on the map, Harvey Weinstein.

While the disgraced studio executive’s wife, Georgina Chapman, who designs the line with partner Keren Craig, announced this past week that she is leaving Weinstein, fashion insiders say it may not be enough to save the brand he helped her build.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Helzberg Diamonds had cancelled a collaboration with Marchesa that was due to hit stores this month.

Now, wedding stylist Diane Lloyd Roth, owner of L’Armoire clothing boutique in New Canaan, Conn., told the New York Post that clients are turning their backs on the fashion brand’s pricey bridal gown collection.

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, who has left him. Pic: Getty

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, who has left him. Pic: GettySource:Getty Images

“I tell my brides to bring [pages] from magazines, and [Marchesa is] always included. [Some clients] were going to go look at Marchesa … and now they’re getting cold feet,” she said. “They don’t want the association. The first question when someone’s getting married is, ‘Who are you wearing?’”

And with Chapman and Craig having cancelled their brand’s summer 2018 preview this past week, industry insiders reveal that Marchesa employees are feeling the heat — and not for the first time.

In the past, “Harvey would call Marchesa employees and yell at them, scare the s**t out of them,” said a top fashion publicist. “It’s a tough place [to work].”

He said that Marchesa employees’ resumes are flying around town right now. “Everyone is trying to leave.”

HL Group, which handles publicity for Marchesa, did not respond to a request for comment.

A fashion source close to the brand say that, within the company, “Georgina and Keren are keeping mum and carrying on. But they’re as nervous as their staff [is].”

Weintein, insiders say, has caused problems between his wife and her design partner Craig before.

“They almost split up due to Harvey — the way he promoted only Georgina to the press and put her on ‘Project Runway’ [the fashion-competition reality show on which he was an executive producer],” said one NYC fashion executive. She credits Craig as the brand’s true “creative. Without Keren, Marchesa wouldn’t last two minutes.”

The couple in 2012. Pic: AP

The couple in 2012. Pic: APSource:AP

That said, multiple sources have told the Post that the two women are very close, having been friends since they met at design school in London in the 1990s.

“They are leaning on each other for support right now,” the exec added. “If the brand goes under, they both suffer.”

It certainly hurts that Weinstein’s Hollywood connection tarnishes the brand. Among the actresses who have starred in Weinstein-produced films — and worn Marchesa on the red carpet — are Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Emma Watson, Renée Zellweger, Blake Lively and Kate Hudson. “Actresses won’t touch it now,” said another fashion executive.

Stylist Roth predicts some of her bridal clients will move on to designer Christian Siriano: “His dresses have the same fluffy, feminine feel.”

“I do think some stores will drop them,” said one major retailer whose stores carry Marchesa in the US. “In fashion, editors and buyers only go with what’s ‘cool.’ But they won’t suffer overseas. I think they can weather the storm.”

“Look, Georgina’s a survivor,” added the top fashion publicist. “If she can survive Harvey, she can survive anything.”

Racy ad campaign featuring naked men called out for being ‘sexist’

A WOMEN’S suit company has launched a racy new ad campaign featuring women in sleek, tailored suits alongside men in, well, nothing.

Dutch suit label Suistudio has taken their slogan “Not Dressing Men” to a whole new level by including buff, butt-naked men in the promo shots for their latest fashion line.

The photos show women dressed in well-fitted suits and clearly in a position of power, while the naked men are featured in the background and are almost used as a type of prop.

One of the pictures shows a woman sitting on a lounge dressed in a beige suit while she rests her feet on the naked man stretched out beneath her.

Another features a woman in a sleek black suit, lounging on a couch with her hand on a man’s bare butt.

The men in the ads are seen in submissive positions, with the women being the dominant focus. Picture: Suisuit/Twitter

The men in the ads are seen in submissive positions, with the women being the dominant focus. Picture: Suisuit/TwitterSource:Twitter

The campaign has split public opinion, with some praising the company and others claiming it is objectification. Picture: Suisuit/Twitter

The campaign has split public opinion, with some praising the company and others claiming it is objectification. Picture: Suisuit/TwitterSource:Twitter

The photos are all set in what looks like a luxury high-rise apartment, with the woman always front and centre and the man in the background or half out of the frame with his face concealed.

The studio is using the campaign as a statement to highlight the sexist way women are commonly portrayed in advertisements, particularly when selling products aimed at men.

Vice president of Suistudio USA Kristina Barricelli said the pictures bring focus to the normalised way women are often sexualised and used as objects in advertisements — the men aren’t portrayed in any way that women haven’t been before.

“There is nothing wrong with sex, the naked human body, and the inclusion of that in a campaign. Sex is a big part of fashion,” she told online newsite Upworthy.

“The problem is that in recent history, we haven’t seen a naked man objectified in the background. How strange! Why not?”

The ad campaign has gained a lot of attention online and there has been a backlash from people calling the ad out for objectification and claiming it is a step backwards in the fight for gender equality.

“I’m sure if the roles were reversed and this was published there would be a backlash from females saying that they are being sexualised, objectified, abused and so on. But somehow it is OK to do the same things to males. Hypocrites,” one Instagram user commented.

“Sexism is sexism, no matter if a woman dominates a man or vice versa.”

“And revenge is not a way to overcome injustice,” another user said.

While some are calling out the ad for being sexist others are saying it is empowering and praising the company for shedding light on gender inequality.

One user commented: “This ad campaign is genius. How many times have we seen a woman’s legs only or her bottom as a prop in men’s ad campaigns? All is fair in love and fashion.”

“Excellent cultural commentary! Love the irony,” another said.

How actress Bria Vinaite’s Instagram landed her a movie role

WHEN Bria Vinaite was getting her makeup touched up in between looks for this photo shoot, she looked at her phone and let out a gasp.

It was Drake, congratulating her for being featured in the New York Post, — less than two weeks after Page Six reported the rapper and the actress had been spotted leaving a Toronto restaurant “at 2:30am, hand-in-hand.”

“I don’t even know what to say,” she said with a big smile on her face.

Picture: Annie Wermiel

Picture: Annie WermielSource:New York Post

Vinaite’s come a long way from her humble beginnings.

Born in Lithuania, she moved with her family to Brooklyn at age 8, but prefers not to talk about her upbringing.

She spent her early 20s making and selling her own line of clothes emblazoned with images of marijuana paraphernalia.

“I have this hustle mentality, and I was just trying to fire my life out,” said the 24-year-old, who has 15 tattoos — including Yankees and Dodgers logos on her hands.

Picture: Annie Wermiel

Picture: Annie WermielSource:New York Post

But then her life turned upside down thanks to social media. First, director Sean Baker reached out to Vinaite earlier this year after spotting her spunky Instagram account.

Although she’s never acted before, he cast her as the lead in The Florida Project, a film about down-and-out Floridians that won acclaim at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals.

It hits all US cinemas on October 27, after opening on four screens last weekend and taking in $US152,622 — which Deadline.com called “one of the year’s best opening per-theatre averages.” The picture is generating Oscars buzz.

“At first I thought [Baker] was kidding,” she said. “[Acting] wasn’t something I knew I wanted to do.”

And then there’s the other fateful message she received via Instagram. Drake slid into her DMs after The Florida Project played at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Soon after, Page Six reported on the pair’s dinner at Sotto Sotto, where a witness said, “It definitely looked like a date.”

The same day as The Post’s shoot, Vinaite posted a selfie with Drake on Instagram, captioning it: “If [Drake] likes #TheFloridaProject that means you gotta see it!”

But she remained tight-lipped about rumours of romance: “He liked the movie, that was it,” she said. “We’re just friends.”

In the film, Vinaite plays a single mother who lives with her young daughter in a shanty motel in Orlando, Florida. There, her character turns tricks to pay the bills.

Vinaite’s performance earned her a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“There were some really rough scenes that were hard to film,” she said of the film’s many emotional moments.

“It’s difficult because I’d be having a great day, and then being thrown into a scene that was so heavy was emotional [for me].”

Picture: Annie Wermiel

Picture: Annie WermielSource:New York Post

Prior to her new-found stardom, Vinaite, a fan of marijuana, focused on growing her weed-themed clothing line through Instagram.

“I definitely had a lot of anxiety growing up, and [marijuana] was the only thing I found that was safe, and I could just handle the world without feeling anxious,” she said.

And now this movie is the thing she’s proudest of ever doing, she said.

“It touches me on so many levels and I cry every time I see it,” she said.

Vinaite has no plans to leave New York for Hollywood and is considering pursuing other acting opportunities.

“Every day I have this crazy schedule that happened overnight — it’s a lot to process,” she said. “I just feel like my life changed in so many ways, and I’m just taking it all in.”

That leaves little room for her love life. Despite the Drake rumours, Vinaite insists that she’s happily single at the moment.

“I don’t want men in my life right now,” she said. “I’m focused on myself.”

Paolo Sebastian creator Paul Vasileff ends Adelaide Fashion Festival with Disney collaboration

It’s farewell to the Adelaide Fashion Festival and welcome to the wonderful world of Disney as seen through they eyes of Paolo Sebastian creator Paul Vasileff.

An audience of 1000 looked on in awe as the Young Australian of the Year brought to life his boyhood dream of collaborating with and creating couture inspired by the cinema legend for the festival’s finale at the Torrens Parade Ground.

Paolo Sebastian with models Juliet Searle and Madison Stubbington, ahead of his Disney-inspired show for Adelaide Fashion Week at the Torrens Parade Ground. Picture: Tom Huntley

Paolo Sebastian with models Juliet Searle and Madison Stubbington, ahead of his Disney-inspired show for Adelaide Fashion Week at the Torrens Parade Ground. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

Model Akiima walks the runway at the Paolo Sebastian show for the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom Huntley

Model Akiima walks the runway at the Paolo Sebastian show for the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

Vasileff set the scene with an enchanted forest for a runway and an evocative medley of timeless tunes from Walt’s vault as the soundtrack for his Spring/Summer 2018 collection titled Once Upon A Dream.

But it was the couture that truly cast the magic spell — a mesmerising mix of fairytale ball gowns, dresses, capes and a jumpsuit, many adorned with embroidered motifs — such as the poison apple, bluebirds and a clock face to represent the stroke of midnight — and song lyrics.

The Paolo Sebastian show was the finale for the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom Huntley

The Paolo Sebastian show was the finale for the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

The show, starring the face of the festival Akiima and Adelaide supermodel Madison Stubbington, was also streamed live on Facebook where it was watched by Paolo Sebastian fans around the globe including Mary Costa who was the voice of Princess Aurora in the 1959 Disney classic Sleeping Beauty.

A model during the Paolo Sebastian show at the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom Huntley

A model during the Paolo Sebastian show at the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

The American opera singer and actor played fairy godmother for Vasileff — the two becoming friends after he wrote to her early on in his career — when she introduced him to the folk at The Walt Disney Company Australia.

This opened the door to the collaboration and Vasileff being given access to the archives in Los Angeles.

The Disney-inspired Paolo Sebastian show was the Adelaide Fashion Festival finale. Picture: Tom Huntley

The Disney-inspired Paolo Sebastian show was the Adelaide Fashion Festival finale. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

Among the VIP guests were Disney bigwigs and Vogue Australia deputy editor Sophie Tedmanson and fashion director Christine Centenera, who were both born in Adelaide, the latter also being personal stylist to Kim Kardashian.

Angelina Jolie Wore Naked Shoes in the Chicest Possible Way

Angelina Jolie has long been considered Hollywood royalty, but now she has something in common with actual royalty: her shoe closet. Stepping out in New York City, where she is currently promoting her new movie First They Killed My Father, Jolie wore the same naked shoe style that royal women love. She smartly paired it with head-to-toe nude pieces, including a bodysuit, skirt, and pumps by Ryan Roche. The result is a monochrome look that’s undeniably chic.

Kate Middleton, Queen Letizia, and Princess Victoria of Sweden are just a few of the royals who also swear by nude leather pointy-toe pumps, which will make your legs look miles long when you choose a pair that perfectly matches your skin tone.

Scroll down to see Angelina Jolie’s full outfit and shop similar pieces. 

Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell Just Had the Chicest Reunion at Burberry

Ask any editor about her most memorable London Fashion Week moments, and Burberry will definitely be mentioned more than few times. The quintessential British brand always puts on a good show during LFW, this season was no different. The front row was nothing short of amazing: For starters, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell had a ridiculously stylish reunion. Plus, with the addition of Cara Delevingne, they formed the chicest trio in all of London.

The best part of the show? The full collection is entirely shoppable onBurberry.com right now. From the cozy sweater Kaia Gerber wore on the runway to the amazing plaid shoes, we’ve rounded up our favorite looks below.

Scroll down to see the front row at Burberry’s show and keep reading to shop straight from the runway.

Reese Witherspoon Wore a Blazer as a Dress on the Emmys Red Carpet

This year’s Emmys red carpet did not disappoint. From Millie Bobby Brown’s stunning ballerina-inspired gown to Zoë Kravitz’s rainbow-colored dress, see all the best red carpet looks here. Among the all-star cast of Big Little Lies, it was Reese Witherspoon’s look that had us all nodding in approval as she arrived at the award show. She broke with the unofficial tradition of wearing a floor-length gown during award show appearances (especially when appearing as the nominee of the most highly nominated show this year) and instead wore a sharp Stella McCartney blazer as a dress. The actress’s navy satin jacket was impeccably tailored and complemented her straight platinum locks, and Reese made us forget about every other ball gown we saw tonight when she paired the blazer with matching stilettos.

Scroll down to see Reese Witherspoon’s unconventional red carpet look at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

Reese WItherspoon Wore A Blazer as a Dress on the Emmys Red Carpet
PHOTO:Getty Images

On Reese Witherspoon: Stella McCartney Bespoke Prussian Blue Duchess Silk Double Breasted Tuxedo Dress and David Webb jewelry.

Here’s the New Version of the Boots Every Celeb Wore Last Year

Whenever there’s a trend sweeping the celebrity style world, we take note so we can report the most noteworthy sightings back to you. And over the past few months, we’ve noticed a particular shoe that has won the hearts of some of Hollywood’s most fashionable.

The versatile Spirit boots by British luxury footwear brand Dear Frances have been spotted (more than once) on models Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid and street style stars Selena Gomez and Emma Roberts, so you know they must be a worthwhile investment.

But just today, the celeb-approved brand released a new style, and we predict this will be the next shoe to take the celebrity street style world by storm. Borrowing the same sleek elements and versatility of the popular Spirit boot, the footwear brand has designed a standout, knee-high version—the Elle boot. And we have a feeling you’ll be quite a fan of them. 

The knee-high Elle boot, which features the same block heel of the Spirit boot, is available in various materials—patent denim (yes, seriously!), supple leathers, and rich suede. Jane Frances, the designer behind the beloved shoe brand, said she, “focused on using premium quality leathers and suedes—all ethically sourced—to achieve a perfect slim fit while keeping versatility and detail at the heart of the design.”

The boot ranges anywhere from $725 to $795, depending on the material. And with fall right around the corner, we suggest you invest in a pair of these boots ASAP. Who knows, maybe you’ll even wear them before your celebrity style crush.

Scroll down to see the new boot style and to shop a few our favorites.

Dear Frances Elle Boot

Dear Frances Elle Boot

23 Celebs Wore These Shoes on the Emmys Red Carpet

Did you catch our Emmys red carpet coverage last night? (Of course you did.) While you definitely noticed all of the stunning gowns, you might have missed a recurring theme: scores of celebrities wore Stuart Weitzman heels on the red carpet. In fact, a press release cited an impressive 23 stars wearing the brand’s shoes.

One of the most popular choices was the Nudist Sandals, which Jessica Biel, Issa Rae, Leslie Jones, and Ellie Kemper, among others, all donned. Sarah Paulson, on the other hand, went for a pair of Stuart Weitzman’s Curvia pumps (custom dyed to match her gown, of course).

Scroll down to see a sampling of the celebrities wearing Stuart Weitzman shoes to the Emmys. 

This Confirms It: Women Are Still Into the Princess Bride Look

Take a moment to picture the adventure of a lifetime. And now imagine that adventure as the inspiration behind your destination wedding. That’s exactly what David’s Bridal did for its recent campaign. The retailer took a trip down to Joshua Tree National Park to shoot its spring 2018 Galina collection. And Dan Rentillo, VP of Design and Product Development at David’s Bridal, shared with us a bit about the inspiration behind the newest Galina line, the story behind the campaign, and the bridal gown trends that we’ll be seeing everywhere next season (and those we won’t be seeing much of anymore).

Speaking of the collection’s narrative and inspiration, Dan explains it was, “inspired by a couple that is seeking adventure, experience, and travel.” He adds, “they believe that all of these factors are signifiers of their love and wanted to incorporate [them] into their wedding.” So it was only fitting then that this collection was photographed in a location widely known for drawing in adventure-seekers from all around the world.

While this specific collection of bridal gowns features flowy, Bohemian shapes, there is another style that’s making a comeback. According to Dan, trending in the wedding world is the return of the princess bride—big celebrations with an equally as big gown. There is a slight difference, though. Dan explains, “unlike princess brides of the past with the beautifully embellished gown and voluminous skirt, we are seeing a more polished dress, cleaner in silhouette and construction.” Other trends he notes are big in the bridal world include tiaras (serious princess status!), black accents, and a more vintage, boho-inspired look.

So now that you know what’s trending in terms of bridal gowns, we also thought it was worth asking this expert about the dress styles that are on their way out. “It seems that there is less demand for a big cupcake ball gown skirt—too fluffy and overdone for our Galina Bride,” he shared with us. “We are seeing ball gowns; however, the trend is towards full skirts with a clean waist.” So there you have it brides—which dress will you say yes to?

Scroll down to see some of the stunning campaign images.

Next up, read about the new boot style that every celeb will wear this fall.

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