Fashion’s finest celebrated Charles James and his legacy just last night at the most exclusive gala in town, but Page Six reports that as of Tuesday morning, there’s more to celebrate in the name of this legendary designer. Ladies and gents, fashion does not stop just because, at a certain point in the evening, the red carpet gets rolled up (or because Anna Wintour left the building).
Harvey Weinstein entered a deal with the British-American couturier’s family that involves a rebirth of the company. But that’s not all—Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman (ever heard of her?) and her CEO brother, Edward, will be “retained as creative consultants,” according to sources involved in the deal. “Talks have been ongoing to breathe new life into the Charles James name,” said another source. There’s also talk between the Weinstein Company and James’ children, Charles Jr. and Louise, about a licensing deal with an option to buy the company.
While James’ family currently possesses all of his designs and archives, the Weinstein deal would “'create an exclusive couture house’ and cover all licensing rights, including a fragrance,” Page Six notes. It���s no surprise, really, nor is it any coincidence. Sources say that the deal came to life when it was announced that the designer was being honored at this year’s Met Gala.
On top of that, Weinstein has been involved in the “rebirth” of an iconic fashion house once before: he bought Halston in 2007 with Sarah Jessica Parker, but bailed in 2011. “In this case,” says a source, “the Weinstein Company would be the sole partner with the James family. So there would be one voice, with the Weinstein Company running the business.” So, how’s that for the morning after?