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Must Read: Luxury Brands Clash Over Underage Model Ban, Tailoring Is Making a Comeback in Menswear

Plus, how retailers can combat return fraud.
Photo: Imaxtree 

Photo: Imaxtree 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

Luxury brands clash over underage model ban 
Last week, Kering pledged to stop hiring models under the age of 18. The luxury conglomerate's new minimum model age is a departure from a charter it signed with rival LVMH to use only models ages 16 and up; LVMH has no plans to follow Kering's latest move, neither do PVH Corp. or Capri Holdings. These companies argue that modeling should be treated similarly to the entertainment industry, where underage talent is subject to extensive protections. Others see modeling as a vehicle to lift young men and women out of poverty, especially in emerging markets where a model can support her entire family from the money earned during one fashion month circuit. {Business of Fashion

Tailoring is making a comeback in menswear
The fall menswear shows in Europe indicate that streetwear is showing signs of slowing down and tailoring is primed to make a conspicuous comeback. But, as these buttoned-up wares hit stores, retailers are not ditching streetwear entirely; instead, they are blending the casual and playful elements of sportswear with a more dressed-up aesthetic, think upscale T-shirts and patterned sport coats. {WWD

How retailers can combat return fraud 
Return fraud is on the rise, and it creates a costly problem for retailers. Moving forward, brands will have to step up their detection efforts through innovative software and invest in operational leads, who can ensure warehouse operatives' awareness of their returns policies in order to minimize their losses. {Business of Fashion

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Virgil Abloh opens up about his first museum exhibition 
In this week's new interview with Virgil Abloh, the Off-White and Louis Vuitton men's designer reflects on his first museum exhibition, which opens on June 10 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. In curating the exhibit, Abloh says he's been fixated on figuring out where a "nontraditional" artist like himself fits into the modern art museum landscape. {The New York Times

Chemicals in beauty products could be connected to health problems
The U.S. cosmetics and personal care industry is largely self-regulated and has only banned nine chemicals from use, an alarmingly low number compared with the 1,400 chemicals in cosmetic products banned in more than 40 countries worldwide. "Cancer is on the rise, infertility is on the rise, allergies in children are on the rise, and people can't figure out why," says Nneka Leiba, the director of healthy living science at Environmental Working Group, which has been monitoring chemicals in cosmetics for over a decade. "The increases are not just due to genetics and new diagnostic techniques." {The Guardian

A behind-the-scenes look at the Spice Girls reunion tour costumes 
The Spice Girls will kick off their first world tour in over a decade on Friday night. Ahead of their highly anticipated return to the stage, British Vogue caught up with the tour's costume designer Gabriella Slade to talk dressing Scary, Ginger, Baby and Sporty in 2019 (Posh is not going on tour). The costumes, which took eight weeks to create, will honor the '90s "but with a contemporary twist," Slade tells British Vogue. There will be platform boots and lots of leather. {British Vogue

Why the Cannes red carpet is so much better than the Met Gala or the Oscars
After a snooze-worthy Oscars and a predictable Met Gala, the Cannes red carpet is a much-needed reminder that dressing up is supposed to be fun, and not just about deal-making and social media marketing, argues Vanessa Friedman. Elle Fanning, who's happily paraded around the French Riviera in couture for the past 10 days, is the best example of this: "She (and her stylist, Samantha McMillen) reminded us all that while the red carpet is a business, it's also about fashion — in its most celebratory incarnation." {The New York Times

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