After a rocky year for co-founder Georgina Chapman, Marchesa has announced that it will show its newest collection at New York Fashion Week in February.
Though Marchesa dresses have been a staple on the red carpet for years, the label was implicated in controversy earlier this year after sexual-assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein went public. The disgraced Hollywood producer was married to Chapman, who helms Marchesa with her business partner Keren Craig.
Since news of the scandal broke, there has been some speculation about the future of the line. It was rumored that Weinstein was not only a major investor in Marchesa, but that he convinced stars to wear its gowns. Actress Felicity Huffman even went public with her story, claiming that Weinstein once told her that he would only fund her 2005 film Transamerica if she wore designs from the then-fledgling label, which was founded in 2004.
The last time Marchesa was slated put on a presentation was during Bridal Fashion Week on October 5 — the same day that The New York Times published its damning exposé on Weinstein. Amid the uproar surrounding the piece, the Marchesa show was canceled; Helzberg Diamonds also reportedly dropped a deal to put out an 18-piece collection of Marchesa engagement rings.
Chapman has since separated from Weinstein, and apparently has no plans to abandon her post as designer. Retailers such as Neiman Marcus reported strong sales for Marchesa even in light of the scandal, and Chapman's friend and #MeToo champion Alyssa Milano said in December: "Georgina is doing very well.” It looks like New York Fashion Week will be the next step forward for the label.
Marchesa's New York Fashion Week presentation is scheduled for February 14, 2018.
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