“The View” host, 35, took to Twitter Saturday in support of the women’s fashion line, days before Weinstein’s New York sex crimes trial began on Monday. The disgraced movie mogul, 67, was also indicted in Los Angeles on similar charges.
McCain responded to a Daily Beast article that predicted Chapman’s absence from Weinstein’s trial in an attempt to revive her struggling brand that “depends on the vital support of female customers.”
“Don’t blame Marchesa for mens sins,” McCain replied.
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McCain shared how Chapman’s co-founder, Keren Craig, went above and beyond to help her when she was scrambling to plan her 2017 wedding amid the declining health of her father, Arizona Sen. John McCain, who died in 2018.
“I had a rushed wedding that was planned in a month,” she wrote. “I went to EVERY high end label and couldn’t find one thing that fit me, let alone made me feel beautiful. Karen (sic) Craig was a saint in our fittings, helped me & obviously made a beautiful dress.”
Chapman – who was married to Weinstein for nearly 10 years before filing for divorce in 2017 following dozens of sexual assault allegations – co-created Marchesa in 2004, dressing the likes of Sandra Bullock, Penelope Cruz, Renée Zellweger, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson and Katy Perry during its prime.
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But the luxury brand faced extreme backlash and was shunned by Hollywood because of Weinstein’s influence over the brand. He reportedly forced actresses in his films to wear Marchesa or face consequences.
Scarlett Johansson broke the red carpet shunning trend in 2018 when she opted to wear Marchesa at the Met Gala, a move that was heavily criticized.
“I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful and it is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers,” Johansson said in a statement to E! News at the time.
Before Johansson’s stand came support from McCain, who opted to wear her Marchesa wedding dress in November 2017 after allegations mounted against Weinstein a month earlier.
“The scandal erupted and everybody was like, ‘Are you going to keep the dress?’ And I was like, ‘Why should the two women designers be punished for a man’s disgusting behavior?’ ” McCain told People.
She continued: “I just didn’t wanna feel like the people who had worked there and make their livelihood should be punished as well.”