Fashion News Alert: Georgina Chapman Splits from Hubby, Cicely Tyson’s Elle Cover, Coach Changes Corporate Name, and Riccardo Tisci’s Nike Project

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This has been a tough week for Marchesa co-creative director Georgina Chapman. Chapman announced today that she is leaving billionaire media mogul husband Harvey Weinstein in lieu of sexual abuse and rape allegations against Weinstein from a slew of actresses and female employees of his media company.Initially, when the allegations surfaced in the New York Times and New Yorker magazine, Chapman stood by her husband. But as more women have come forward with further sexual abuse claims, Chapman changed her tune. “I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time,” explained Chapman in a recent People magazine article.

Georgina Chapman has been married to Harvey Weinstein for over 10 years and has two children with Weinstein. Weinstein helped Chapman and Marchesa business partner Keren Craig push their red-carpet, luxury brand to international prominence by having actresses in his films wear Marchesa gowns at red carpet, award ceremonies and film premiere events.

Since the sexual abuse and rape allegations against Weinstein have surfaced licensee Helzberg Diamonds has dropped Marchesa’s jewelry license.

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Age is only a number

At the ripe age of 92, Cicely Tyson is a cover girl for Elle magazine. The Emmy and Tony-winning actress graces the cover of the November issue of Elle’s ‘Women in Hollywood’ issue.

This annual list celebrates trailblazing women in Hollywood. Other film icons that have graced the Elle’s ‘ Women in Hollywood’ annual issue include Meryl Streep, Tina Turner, and Lauren Hutton. At 92 Cicely Tyson is the second oldest to grace the cover. Iris Apfel trumps Tyson by being on the cover of Elle at the age of 93.

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Another gig for Tisci

Though Riccardo Tisci may no longer be at Givenchy, leaving the creative directorship earlier in the year after at 12-year stint, he still staying busy. Supposedly, he may be staying busy with Nike.

In a series of posts on Instagram, Tisci hinted that he might be collaborating with Nike in the future on a series of creative projects. The first of these posts shows Tisci with a Nike logo superimposed on the photo in the Instagram posts. According to fashionnetwork.com, “Dreams come true,” [Tisci] captioned the image, adding the hashtags #NikeRT #NikeBasketball #NikeNBA #comingsoon and #nyc. A second photo of the Nike RT logo confirmed that the new project has a basketball slant, along with the caption “I’m honored to be part of this important moment as @Nike reclaims its partnership with the @NBA,” while a final post simply said “NIKE RT coming soon.”

Tisci has collaborated with Nike since 2014 and in March of this year he lent his creative expertise to Nike’s 30th anniversary of version of the brand’s signature Air Max 97 sneaker.

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By another name

Coach, Inc. will change it corporate name to Tapestry, Inc. sometimes this month. According to Victor Luis, CEO of Coach, Inc., the name change reflects a defining moment in Coach’s reinvention and that the corporate name change Tapestry, Inc. denotes, inclusivity, craftsmanship, and creativity.

“We searched for a name to reflect these values while also expressing the cultural diversity of our people and our brands for today and tomorrow.” Luis noted that the name change is part of a larger corporate rebranding, adding, “We are establishing a strong and distinct corporate identity, which enables our brands to express their individual personalities and unique language to consumers.”

In the past two years, Coach Inc. acquired Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade & Company. The name change will go into effect on October 31, 2017.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

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