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It appears actress Scarlett Johansson is one of the women in Hollywood showing Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman a glimmer of grace. She wore a flower-laden burgundy ombre gown by the beleaguered designer to the Met Gala on Monday, marking the first time a Marchesa gown has appeared on a red carpet since Chapman’s soon-to-be ex-husband, Harvey Weinstein, came crashing down in Hollywood.
Even though she was as shocked as any by the revelations that came out, Chapman’s business was looking dire after it came to light that Weinstein may have pressured some starlets to wear his wife’s gowns. Johansson was just one of the A-listers who had worn Marchesa to premieres and awards shows, so by slipping into a new gown for fashion’s biggest night — and being the first major star to do so since the fall, when the Weinstein news broke — she seems to be showing her support for Chapman. Her date for the night was Saturday Night Live‘s Colin Jost, who just called her his girlfriend on the show.
Is this the first sign, a bit of hope, that Marchesa may make a comeback? As THR reported in March, Diane von Furstenberg, for one, backs supporting her fellow designer, and has joined others in the upper echelons of fashion who are happy to see Chapman’s once again active at the Council of Fashion Designers of America board meetings. Diane Kruger sent her a note of support, and the Time’s Up movement seems to be in her favor.
When she wore a Marchesa dress to an American Red Cross gala in March, How I Met Your Mother’s Celeste Thorson realized, “It created the opportunity to discuss why women should be recognized as autonomous individuals, independent of a man’s misconduct…. It’s disturbing when women are penalized for the crimes of an abuser.” Women supporting women — always a good look in fashion.
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