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Georgina Chapman: no longer behind Harvey Weinstein, still behind a global brand

Charmaine Blake

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Will the red carpets favourite Marchesa label co-founded by Chapman be affected by her husbands fall from grace?

Only days ago, Harvey Weinstein insisted that his wife, Georgina Chapman, couldnt be standing behind me more. Now, after a deluge of allegations against Weinstein culminated in accusations of rape, Chapman has decided she cannot stand behind him any longer.

On Tuesday, the 41-year-old British fashion designer confirmed she had left the film producer, saying: My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions.

Her announcement ends a 10-year marriage. But while the scandal engulfing Weinstein, 65, has made him the inevitable focus in recent days, once the dust has settled Chapman who has two children with Weinstein, India Pearl and Dashiell will go back to a lucrative career of her own, as co-founder of the designer label Marchesa.

The brand is a global powerhouse, claiming to be the most worn label on the red carpet last year. The supermodel Karolna Kurkov wore a Marchesa frock to the Met Gala, Heidi Klum wore one to the Oscars, and Katy Perry chose Marchesa for the Cannes film festival.

But with her clothes having been highly visible at movie premieres, the question now is whether one of the biggest scandals in Hollywoods history will affect Chapmans business.

Chapman, who met Weinstein at a party in 2004, launched her label the same year. It made its worldwide debut at the premiere of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason the same year, when Rene Zellweger wore an embellished red bandeau sari dress. Shortly after, the previously unknown British label was sported by numerous other high-profile Weinstein associates, including Cate Blanchett at the Rome premiere of The Aviator.

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Rene Zellweger wears a Marchesa dress at the premiere of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Photograph: Adam Butler/AP

Chapman has battled claims that Marchesas success is inextricably tied to her husbands influence. Marchesas breathtaking success has the fashion world talking and rolling its eyes, too, wrote the Los Angeles Times in the labels early days. Just how much of that success, observers wonder, is due to the Harvey factor? According to a Vogue profile, bets were placed on which would last longer: the romance between Chapman and Weinstein or her label.

But within two years, Marchesa was named one of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Funds top 10 finalists, and the dresses were featured in Vogue spreads. The brand endured. If it floats, swishes or clings to an actors hips like beautiful glue chances are its a Marchesa gown, wrote the Guardian fashion team on the labels 10th anniversary.

When you see her beautiful work, you feel like youre witnessing a craft that doesnt exist any longer, Blake Lively, who wore Marchesa to wed Ryan Reynolds, once said. The only designer that really makes you feel like a princess.

Chapman was educated at Marlborough College, a private boarding school in Wiltshire, before attending the Chelsea College of Art and Design, where she met her future business partner, Keren Craig. She studied for a degree in costume design at Wimbledon School of Art (now Wimbledon College of Arts), graduating in 2001.

She and Craig decided to start a line of luxury eveningwear after the stylist and magazine editor Isabella Blow was reportedly impressed by a corseted dress she saw Chapman wearing at a London party; Chapman had created the dress herself.

Chapman also had a brief modelling and acting career, appearing in short films and TV movies until late 2005. She then had bit parts in bigger projects such as Factory Girl and The Nanny Diaries, Jezebel reports.

The Sunday Times Rich List 2015 said Chapman was worth 15m. She has starred as a judge on Project Runway All Stars and Americas Next Top Model.

The New York Daily News reported in 2005 that Chapman and Weinstein made their first public appearance as a couple at that years Golden Globes. Now, as their relationship comes to an end, Weinstein who denies the allegations of rape has said: I support her decision, I am in counselling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2017/oct/11/georgina-chapman-no-longer-behind-harvey-weinstein-still-behind-a-global-brand

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Alison Brie just told a hilarious story about attempting a backflip at Donald Glover’s apartment

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While they were filming Community together, Alison Brie used to hang out with co-star Donald Glover, despite the fact that he was – in her own words – “much cooler” than her.

Brie was a guest on The Late Late Show, where she told a story about a time she was at a party at Glover’s apartment and attempted to do a backflip and ended up breaking a lamp. Oops.

“I decided to just yell out, ‘hey everyone, watch this!'” Brie said. “I might have been a little drunk.”

We’ve all been there, Alison.

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/alison-brie-james-corden-donald-glover/

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John Legend just achieved EGOT status, the youngest ever to do so

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John Legend, winner of the award for outstanding variety special.

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“John Legend has made history as the youngest person ever to achieve that sweet, sweet coveted EGOT status.

That’s someone who has received the big four, the holy grail of performance accolades: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards.

Legend, 39, completed the acronym at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, as did Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, all for producing best variety special winner Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

He’s also the first black man to land EGOT status, making history in more ways than one.

Legend also played the role of Jesus in NBC’s production of the 1970 concept album-turned-Broadway musical, so he’s also up for the Emmy for outstanding actor in a limited series or movie, which will be revealed at the big primetime Emmy Awards on Monday.

“Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories,” wrote Legend on Instagram……………………..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/john-legend-egot-emmys-2018/

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20+ People That Were Surprised At How Nice These Celebrities Were In Real Life

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Many people agree that it’s an awful feeling to meet a celebrity you look up to and realize they are a horrible person. We’ve all read about (some of us even met) celebrities who are rude to everyone and full of themselves, despite trying to look nice on the media.

Fortunately, it seems that the vast majority of celebrities are really nice people and treats those who surround them with respect. Don’t believe us? Scroll below to read a list of stories compiled by Bored Panda about the nicest and friendliest celebrity encounters.

#1

 

“I was jogging at the San Francisco Marina back in 1988 I think it was and I saw Robin Williams sitting in the side of his van just chillin’. I said, “How you doin’ Mr. Williams?” He said, “I’m doing great, you running from the cops?” I laughed and stopped to chat with him for about 5 minutes. He was absolutely delightful. Such a fond memory. I wept when I…

“I was jogging at the San Francisco Marina back in 1988 I think it was and I saw Robin Williams sitting in the side of his van just chillin’. I said, “How you doin’ Mr. Williams?” He said, “I’m doing great, you running from the cops?” I laughed and stopped to chat with him for about 5 minutes. He was absolutely delightful. Such a fond memory. I wept when I heard he died.”

#2

“Jim Carrey gave me a ride to the gas station after my car ran out of gas in Bel Aire. I told him I was a huge fan of Ace Ventura and I could mimic his laugh from the movie. Then we both had our heads out the window cackling away. He bought my gas and drove me back to my car. One of the greatest moments in my life.”

#3

“Keanu Reeves. I remember seeing him while walking through New York a long time ago when I was a young, probably very annoying pre-teen. I yelled out, “Yo, Neo!” And then I obnoxiously mimicked the bullet dodge motion from The Matrix. He looked back at me, laughed, and mirrored the same move in acknowledgement. It’s such a great memory because I feel like anyone would have been justified in getting annoyed…

“Keanu Reeves. I remember seeing him while walking through New York a long time ago when I was a young, probably very annoying pre-teen. I yelled out, “Yo, Neo!” And then I obnoxiously mimicked the bullet dodge motion from The Matrix. He looked back at me, laughed, and mirrored the same move in acknowledgement. It’s such a great memory because I feel like anyone would have been justified in getting annoyed and shrugging this stupid kid off, but instead he was a good sport and humored me. I’ll never forget it.”

#4

Tom Hanks at Best Buy. He was in line in front of me with a cart full, all by himself. I was only buying a bottle of water because they didn’t have what I was looking for. I just blurted out” Forest Gump is my favorite movie” like a creep, and he turned around, and said “that was my favorite movie to make! I’m glad you love it.” He then…

Tom Hanks at Best Buy. He was in line in front of me with a cart full, all by himself. I was only buying a bottle of water because they didn’t have what I was looking for. I just blurted out” Forest Gump is my favorite movie” like a creep, and he turned around, and said “that was my favorite movie to make! I’m glad you love it.” He then chatted with me while about movies as we stood in line. When it was his turn to check out while they were ringing up his stuff he said “oh let me get that water for you” and paid for my water. He kept talking to me and then we walked out and he said “nice talking to you! You’re a very nice young lady and always remember… life is like a box of chocolates.. you never know what your gonna get” in his Forest Gump voice. IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER.

#5

 “My sister was waiting tables in NYC, and ended up serving Patrick Stewart. She didn’t want to bother him, so she just did her job, but at the end of the night she told him how much she had enjoyed seeing him in a production of Hamlet that year (2008), and that she hoped he was planning to do more theater in the US. My sister was prepared to leave it…………..”
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