On Wednesday, it was reported that Harvey Weinstein and his estranged wife Georgina Chapman had reached a settlement in their divorce, with Chapman set to receive up to $20 million. On Friday, Marchesa — the fashion label Chapman co-founded with Keren Craig — also moved forward as well, quietly releasing look books for Marchesa and Marchesa Notte pre-fall collections on WWD.
Marchesa hasn’t had the best timing lately, unless all press really is good press. Back in October, the Times story on Harvey Weinstein coincidentally went live in the middle of Marchesa’s fall 2018 bridal-collection presentation in New York City. Chapman then proceeded to post about it on her personal Instagram, as though everything was business as usual. Naturally, the comments rolled in, and she hasn’t posted publicly since.
In December, Marchesa announced that it was not deterred, and would be returning to New York Fashion Week in December with a presentation scheduled to take place on February 14 at 4 p.m, which also happens to be Valentine’s Day.
It’s unclear whether or not Chapman herself had a hand in designing these two most recent collections, or whether she’ll continue designing in the future. According to WWD, the Marchesa pre-fall notes describe the pieces as being inspired by “a nocturnal garden party, boasting dramatic silhouettes and colors,” while Notte references the “vibrant, tropical fantasy that was the kingdom of Hawaii and their last crown princess, Ka’iulani.”
Presumably, Chapman has been busy with family matters over the past few months, as opposed to fashion. The collection notes suggest a nice mental escape, however.