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Must Read: Balenciaga Casting Agents Respond to Accusations, Sarah Jessica Parker Is Launching Made-in-America Handbags

Plus, one writer's take on why "body neutrality" is the new "body positivity."
The finale walk at the Balenciaga Spring 2017 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

The finale walk at the Balenciaga Spring 2017 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Balenciaga casting agents issue statement in response to allegations
The drama surrounding what went down at a recent Balenciaga casting — directors Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes were accused of holding models in a dark stairwell for three hours, among other allegations — has dominated the conversation in the first days of Paris Fashion Week. Two days after the report first went viral, Boina and Fernades (who were dropped by Kering directly following the report) provided a statement to Business of Fashion wherein they refute James Scully's claims, calling them "inaccurate and libelous." Read it in full over on BoF's website. {Business of Fashion}

Sarah Jessica Parker to launch made-in-America handbag collection
The actress is reintroducing handbags as part of her SJP line, but unlike her previous foray into accessories in 2014, all product will be manufactured stateside. Ranging in price from $395 to $695, the new collection is comprised of two shoulder-bag styles, a tote, hobo, large clutch, backpack and minaudière, with each style available in up to five different colorways. Preorder the styles at Bloomingdale's. {WWD}

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Is "body neutrality" the new "body positivity"?
A growing acceptance for bodies of shapes and sizes is something we think everyone can get behind. In a new essay, however, one writer is making the case for simply learning to disassociate mental anguish over your body and just live your life without obsessing over bits of cellulite or the lack of a thigh gap. Not worth the stress, people! {The Cut}

Take a look inside Nick Wooster's closet
The inimitable menswear expert sat down with Grailed to share an in-depth conversation about — what else? — the status of men's fashion, streetwear and how at nearly 60 years old, he's still the coolest menswear #influencer around. {Grailed}

Reformation is coming to Miami
Your go-to destination for sustainable, stylish clothes is touching down in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami with a pop-up shop that opens on Thursday. The location will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. though May 31, so if you're in the area, be sure to visit the shop at 219 NW 23rd Street for some pretty dresses you can feel good about. {Fashionista inbox}

Meet the Muslim women inspiring a modest fashion revolution
With everyone from Burberry to Uniqlo to Dolce & Gabbana designing garments for hijab-wearing women, it's clear the fashion industry is listening to the needs of its Muslim clientele. And while it took a while to get to where we are today, progress would not have been possible without the boundary-breaking women who made their voices heard. "It's not like we just started to wear [the] hijab," Mariah Idrissi, the first woman to wear a hijab in an H&M ad campaign, told Bloomberg. Blogger Dina Torkia agrees: "Think of it as a haircut. People get bored of their hairstyles, so we get bored of our hijab styles." {Bloomberg}

What is sexy?

It's a slogan that Victoria's Secret has used word-for-word in previous campaigns, but with rapidly changing ideals of beauty and femininity, it's safe to say that "sexy" isn't just barely there boudoir garb and lacy-everything anymore. As one writer astutely points out, the American lingerie giant's Pink offshoot continues to be one of the highest-performing divisions of the company, and bralettes (basically the antithesis of the push-up bra) don't seem to be going anywhere. {Refinery29}

How Ulta is winning the beauty retail game
You could make a case for calling the mass beauty retailer as a mainstream, less ritzy version of Sephora, but it looks like Ulta would be the one having the last laugh. In 2015, the Illinois-based beauty store beat out Sephora as the country's biggest beauty retailer, and in recent years, have added a slew of prestige brands to its roster. {Racked}

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