Scarlett Johansson broke the Marchesa ban on Monday when she wore one their gowns to the Met Gala. ScarJo said she was proud to support a brand created by two female designers. Anna Wintour slow clapped for ScarJo wearing Marchesa and said that the brand’s co-creator Georgina Chapman shouldn’t be blamed for her estranged husband Harvey Weinstein being an alleged greasy ball of pig smegma rapist. (Actually, he’s a confirmed greasy ball of pig smegma. I should’ve just kept it simple and wrote alleged rapist.)
In the June issue of Vogue, Anna Wintour opens with an editor’s letter where she defends Georgina Chapman. And Vogue did an interview with Georgina where she claims she didn’t suspect for one second that Harvey’s a sexual assaulting creep. The return of Marchesa has begun.
Vogue’s piece spends a chunk of time on the history of Marchesa and Georgina’s pre-Harvey life. They downplay how Harvey’s power and money made Marchesa what it is and they don’t ask Georgina about the talk that her oozing taint boil of a husband forced actresses in Miramax movies to wear Marchesa to events. Vogue’s piece is as fluffy as a pearl embedded chiffon ruffle on a $15,000 Marchesa gown.
Georgina tells Vogue writer Jonathan Van Meter that the Marchesa-on-celebrities ban actually came from her. She didn’t think it was right to send out gowns to famous types, and she also didn’t think it was right to send herself outside so she kept herself away from the spotlight.
“I was so humiliated and so broken . . . that . . . I, I, I . . . didn’t think it was respectful to go out. I thought, Who am I to be parading around with all of this going on? It’s still so very, very raw. I was walking up the stairs the other day and I stopped; it was like all the air had been punched out of my lungs.”
She’s been seeing a therapist, and says that she didn’t have one single suspicion about what Harv the Perv was up to. While she was living in a bubble of thinking she had a perfect marriage, she claims she didn’t know that he was out there terrorizing women, potted plants, and bathrobes. He traveled a lot and she didn’t really “obsess” over knowing his every move.
“There was a part of me that was terribly naive—clearly, so naive. I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief! And I have moments when I just cry for my children. What are their lives going to be?” She has been crying through most of this, and now she breaks down into sobs loud enough that her assistant appears with a box of tissues. “What are people going to say to them?” She is crying so hard she has to take a moment. “It’s like, they love their dad. They love him.” It is almost unbearable to witness, this broken person in front of me. “I just can’t bear it for them!”
Chapman grabs a tissue and wipes her tears away—“I wasn’t prepared to say any of that!”—and lets out a deep, guttural laugh.
Georgina calls herself a “woman in a shit situation” and doesn’t think of herself as a victim. She talks to Harvey all the time, but says she doesn’t know who he is anymore.
I ask her, “Is there anything you can say about his state of mind?” “Well,” she replies with a roll of the eyes, “not really. Clearly when I was married to him I didn’t know anything about his state of mind, so I’m probably not the best person to ask.”
Not that I was expecting Vogue to throw the hard questions at Georgina, but the whole article is very soft. These are the hard-hitting questions that should’ve been asked:
- What do you have to say about Harvey threatening not to promote Transamerica if Felicity Huffman didn’t wear Marchesa?
- What do you have to say about the rumor from People claiming that when the Harvey allegations became public, you weren’t really mad at him, but were mad over how it would affect Marchesa?
- You’re a judge on Project Runway All-Stars. Can you tell me what hair products Project Runway judge Zac Poses uses, because those curls are spectacular.
Vogue did bring in her friends who act as references. Karen Elson says that Georgina didn’t know. Huma Abedin calls Georgina “one of the realest people I know.” David Oyelowo says that he was skeptical about Georgina’s marriage to Harvey at first but grew to believe it was “genuine.” Neil Gaiman says Georgina is a “good person who married a bad person.”
What I got from the Vogue article is that Georgina Chapman is the anti-Camille Cosby and that it’s safe to buy Marchesa again. Actually, the headline over the Annie Leibovitz-taken picture of Georgina should’ve been: Good News, It’s Safe To Buy Marchesa Again.