The fashion world has finally broken its silence on the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Although primarily known for his work in Hollywood, Weinstein is also closely linked with the fashion world. His wife Georgina Chapman (who, after the story broke, announced she was leaving him) is the co-founder of label Marchesa, while Weinstein produced Project Runway, was involved in the revival of Halston and has co-hosted political fundraisers with Vogue‘s Anna Wintour.
On Friday, The New York Times published statements from Anna Wintour and Tom Ford that condemned Weinstein.
“Behavior like this is appalling and unacceptable,” Wintour said. “I feel horrible about what these women have experienced and admire their bravery in coming forward. My heart goes out to them, as well as to Georgina and the children. We all have a role to play in creating safe environments where everyone can be free to work without fear.”
Ford, whose debut film A Single Man was distributed by Weinstein’s company, said, “What Harvey has done is shocking, indefensible and disturbing on many levels. I knew that Harvey certainly liked beautiful young women. I had no idea of his predatory and abusive behavior or that he had paid settlements to anyone.”
Models Cara Delevigne and Heidi Klum have also released statements against Weinstein. Taking to Instagram, Delevigne opened up about her own encounter with the producer, detailing how after a meeting about an upcoming movie he attempted to get her involved in a threesome.
In a statement to Us Weekly, Klum said, “I wish I could say that the horrible stories I read about Harvey Weinstein are a rare occurrence in our society, but that is simply not the case.”
She continued, “We would be naive to think that this behavior only happens in Hollywood. This is one example of the more pervasive problem of the mistreatment of women around the world. I think it would be hard to find a woman – myself included – who has not had an experience where they have felt intimidated or threatened by a man using his power, position or his physical stature.”
But not everyone has come out against the producer. Last week, Donna Karen was accused of victim blaming. When referring to the controversy she said, “How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?”
She later apologized, telling CNN: “I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe.”
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