The Met Ball Effect? Harvey Weinstein Relaunches Charles James With Marchesa's Georgina Chapman

07 May 2014 by

Stars in Charles James-inspired looks at the Met Ball [Instagram]

Designer Charles James was the talk of the red carpet on Monday night when stars hiked up the Met steps at the Costume Institute Gala in Charles James inspired creations. Turns out his red carpet return wasn't just a one night thing because the couture label is going to be resurrected following the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' exhibitition.

This morning it was confirmed in a release that Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein will revive Charles James couture with his wife and Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman. She will take on the role as creative consultant alongside her brother who is currently the CEO at Marchesa.

"Charles James was one of the most incredible couturiers in the history of fashion and this label deserves to be a household name in same ranks as Chanel, Dior and Oscar de la Renta," said Harvey Weinstein. "There isn’t a single designer in high fashion who wouldn’t name him as a major influence. We are beyond thrilled to be spearheading the revival of this brand and bringing it back to the world’s finest retailers.” This isn't the first time Weinstein has partnered with a label, as back in 2007 he relaunched Halston with Sarah Jessica Parker.


Charles James inspired looks on the red carpet [Rex]

"Charles James designs and gowns took everyone's breath away at the Met ball. He's long been an inspiration to me and everyone at Marchesa," commented Georgina Chapman. "We're thrilled to help bring the Met exhibit to museums around the country and to bring the spirit and style of Charles James back into the fashion marketplace."

There might not be a huge demand for 1950s satin ball gowns, but we're sure that with Mrs Marchesa on board the label will soon become a red carpet fixture. Marchesa did create one of our favourite Charles James inspired looks of the night - Karolina Kurkova's dramatic blue gown with painterly flowers on the skirt.

Karlie Kloss and Karen Elson in Charles James inspired looks [Rex]

The company has agreed to license, with an option to buy, the dormant brand after signing a deal with James's two children, Charles and Louise, for an undisclosed sum. Charles James is currently the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, however they are looking to bring this collection to other major cities after it closes on August 10. Fingers crossed they'll bring it to London.

So what can we expect from a relaunched Charles James? The Met red carpet gives us a clue or ten. Sarah Jessica Parker wore Oscar de la Renta's take on his monochrome Clover Leaf ballgown, while Lupita Nyong'o's beaded Prada was a nod to his iconic taxi dress. The Topshop girls, including Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, looked like they had stepped out of one of Cecil Beaton's pictures of Charles James couture, as they wore a rainbow of fondant shades.


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