Give 'Em Hell, Harvey!
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein may not be a longtime fashionista, but he's quickly becoming a dedicated follower of fashion. Not only does the Weinstein Company co-produce Project Runway and co-own the Halston brand, but under the tutelage of his fiancee, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, he's developed a tremendous appreciation for the talent and hard work behind the glamour.
WWD's Marc Karimzadeh reports that when a manufacturer boasted of plans to copy a Marchesa gown straight off the red carpet, Weinstein was shocked to learn that U.S. fashion designers have little or no recourse against design piracy. Since then, Weinstein has made it his business to change the law. In his words:
I might not know how to sew a dress and I might not know how to design a piece of jewelry, but I'm pretty good in a street fight and I bet you I get this bill [the Design Piracy Prohibition Act] passed.
Not a bad legacy for "a boy from Queens whose socks never matched."