One of the things that got dragged into Harvey Weinstein’s path of shit publicity back in 2017 (alongside bathrobes and potted plants) was Marchesa, the fashion house run by his then-wife Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. After the news officially broke about Harvey, it was reported that many A-list celebrities stopped wearing the brand. Of course, some people like ScarJo and Priyanka Chopra stuck around. But now it looks like Keren Craig is one of those people who doesn’t want anything to do with Marchesa anymore.
Business of Fashion says that Keren Craig has left Marchesa 18 months after The New York Times published their exposé on Georgina’s estranged husband. Georgina and Keren met at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, and launched Marchesa in 2004, a year after Georgina began dating Harvey Weinstein. Keren confirmed the news with the following statement:
“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. Marchesa will always be the realization 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.”
While it may seen as though Keren jumped ship because she wanted to escape the rotten chum bucket stench that Harvey soaked into the brand, sources say that Keren was looking to leave as early as 2014, although she had no comment about that.
Keren might miss designing gowns that look like they were cobbled together from very expensive cupcake liners, but it’s probably safe to say she won’t miss the awkwardness following that exposé. Like cancelling their show at New York Fashion Week in 2018 and never showing again, or allegedly watching a bunch of employees walk through the exit door. As for Georgina, she’s sticking around for now. Although she’d probably be smart to rebrand as anything but Marchesa, just to get as far away from this train wreck as possible. Literally, find the opposite and go there. Like a brand of $20 grey elastic-ankle sweatpants called Markie’s. Hey, she could hire 80s sitcom queen Markie Post as a brand ambassador! I’m not saying Markie Post would help us forget about this mess completely, but it can’t hurt.