Before Harvey Weinstein was officially outed as the closest DNA relative to a bridge troll, it seemed as though every red carpet had at least one star in a Marchesa dress. Marchesa is co-owned by Harvey’s now-estranged wife Georgina Chapman. Then the stories about Harvey went public, and A-list actresses were running away from Marchesa as if it was a deep-fried gluten sandwich. Nobody wanted to wear Marchesa anymore. Well, nobody until Scarlett Johansson, who did just that at the Met Gala.
People says that Scarlett broke the unofficial months-long boycott last night when she walked into the Met Gala with her boyfriend Colin Jost. Scarlett Johansson is very much an ally of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, and she notably spoke at the Women’s March back in January. Choosing Marchesa for the biggest night in fashion sort of seems like it could have been a mistake, but it wasn’t.
After the news broke about Harvey, Georgina left him and released a statement in support of his victims. Whether or not she was secretly complicit all those years is up for debate. But no matter how tainted Marchesa might be, she’s still trying to make a go of it. Marchesa cancelled their runway show at New York Fashion Week earlier this year, but they did release a lookbook of pre-fall 2018 designs.
The Cut mentions that Marchesa has come out in support of #MeToo. They also confirmed that Scarlett picked Marchesa on purpose with the following statement:
“We are truly honored that Scarlett chose to wear Marchesa for the Met Gala. She is an amazingly talented actor who has incredible style and presence. It was wonderful to work so closely with her in creating this custom look.”
I’m glad we know it’s Marchesa for sure, because I never would have guessed that’s what Scarlett was wearing. It’s just been so long since I’ve seen a Marchesa dress on a red carpet. It looked to me like ScarJo and Colin had picked up their outfits at a boutique that specializes in the bridal party experience without all the headache of planning wedding showers and bachelor weekends and listening to the bride’s very drunk cousin cry about how it should have been her, damn it.
Here’s more of ScarJo in her dress that said, “To Hell with your theme.” Wait a minute – Hell? Maybe she was being ironic? I doubt it, because so many others couldn’t be bothered to wear the theme either. A basic cross necklace isn’t enough.