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

Charmaine Blake



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.

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.

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Pamela Anderson Thought She Had A ‘Special Power To Kill People’ As A Child After Her Death Wish Came True

Charmaine Blake



Pamela Anderson exudes magic every time she runs down the beach in slo-mo — but did you know she has real “special powers”?

At least she thought she did after an allegedly predatory babysitter was killed in a car accident one day after wishing her dead.

Related: Pamela Anderson Refuses To Apologize For Weinstein Comments

The Baywatch star made the admission on Piers Morgan‘s Life Stories that aired Saturday night on ITV. She remembered:

“I had a babysitter, and she molested me for I think a year. I was between the ages of 4 and 8, somewhere in there. I remember wishing her dead, and she ended up dying the next day in her graduation in a car accident.”

Holy karma!

Naturally, young Pam thought she was behind the freak fatality and, if she wasn’t careful, might cause another. She continued:

“I thought, ‘Okay, now I’ve killed her. I’m magic. I can’t tell my parents about this and I’ve killed her,’ so I started believing that I had this special power to kill people.”

The future actress was so terrified to oust herself as a magical being, she didn’t tell her parents about the scary coincidence until “years later.”

Of course, by that time, she realized she had magical abilities every time she squeezed into a red swimsuit.

[Image via Media Punch.]

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Will Smith geeks out over the success of ‘Black Panther’ and its cast

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Image: Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we’re rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week. 

Will Smith just showed the world that he’s one of the biggest Black Panther fans around.

After the tremendous success of Black Panther‘s opening weekend, Will Smith took to Instagram to share an inspiring message he himself heard from Nelson Mandela along with a video of himself geeking out about Black Panther and praising everyone who worked on Marvel’s latest film.

“What you have done is spectacular,” Smith said in the video. “I watched the film a couple of days ago, and damn near got brought to tears. You guys have challenged and potentially even shattered a lot of long-time, long-held false Hollywood beliefs and paradigms. I just want to say congratulations to you, I’m proud and I’m excited, damn-near giddy. Congrats y’all, go get it.”

He then crossed his arms over his chest — the Wakandan salute.

Along with the video, Smith quoted Mandela in his Instagram post, sharing a message everyone who worked on the film that spoke to what people can do with their fame and how they can reach out and inspire others.

“Go into the streets… Touch them… Let them know that you are real!” Smith wrote.

Black Panther has been heralded not only for its unmistakable quality but also its achievements in representation, not only with its predominantly black cast but also its range of diversity behind the scenes. 

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Amy Schumer Marries Boyfriend Chris Fischer After A Few Months Of Dating

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Amy Schumer married chef Chris Fischer in a secret ceremony on Tuesday after just a few months of dating, People and Us Weekly reported.

The two were married at a house in Malibu, California, in front of 80 friends, including stars Larry David, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, David Spade and Jake Gyllenhaal, according to the reports.

Schumer, 36, and her chef boyfriend made their relationship public (as in Instagram-official) this week after attending Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded birthday party. The two reportedly started dating around November after they were spotted having an intimate dinner in New York City.

They later attended a taping of “Saturday Night Live” together, though Schumer’s rep wouldn’t comment on the relationship.

Fisher once worked at Mario Batali’s New York City restaurant, Babbo, after being introduced by his friend, Jake Gyllenhaal.

The chef later returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he grew up, to work at the Beach Plum Inn (a favorite of the Obamas) and The Covington Restaurant.

Fisher  who penned the James Beard Award-winning cookbook, Beetlebung Farm Cookbook  recently opened Beetlebung Farm Market on Martha’s Vineyard, and plans to turn part of it into a restaurant.

“After years of working for other people, my intuition is, ‘I’m doing this on my own terms,’” Fisher told Boston magazine in July. “You can create a destination restaurant anywhere.”

Prior to meeting Fischer, Schumer dated furniture designer Ben Hanisch. The two met on a dating app in 2015 and were together for a little over a year.

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Schumer and Hanisch at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 17, 2016. 

“I feel like Ben is the first guy who’s really been my boyfriend,” the “I Feel Pretty” actress and author told Marie Claire in July 2016. “There are guys who, if they heard me say that, would want to punch me in the face, but yeah, it’s the truth.”

A rep for Schumer confirmed that she and Hanisch split in 2017, but said the two remained friends. It certainly seems like things are amicable, as the comedian thanked her ex for some furniture he’d built for her in September.

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