Georgina on My Mind

Georgina Chapman attends the red carpet on the closing night of the Red Sea International Film Festival 2023 on December 07, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Whether you viewed Chapman as a Weinstein victim, enabler, or both, nobody thought much about what would happen to Marchesa. Photo: Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images
Lauren Sherman
January 18, 2024

The week commenced with the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, where the biggest news on the red carpet was that the brands seemed to have run out of clothes. Will any dresses be left for the Oscars? For best-actress nominees, the drought doesn’t matter much; they will all likely wear custom, and hopefully get paid to do so. But the scarcity of options feels real for everyone else. 

Why such slim pickings overall? Post-strike, celebs went gung-ho promoting and attending every event with a step-and-repeat available to them, no matter how garish, and there just aren’t that many samples left. It helps to explain why Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Armani have been everywhere this season. They have the resources (design, tailoring) to make custom pieces and carefully alter samples.