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Must Read: The International Knitwear Labels to Watch, Abercrombie Launches New Gen Z Brand

Plus, how the Mugler catsuit became the new pop uniform.

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

These are the international knitwear labels to watch
Fashion may have gotten a little lazy during the pandemic, but knitwear did not: The sweater category went from sleepy to bold and very much awake. The New York Times' Elizabeth Paton and Jessica Testa spotlight several international knitwear labels, including Lukhanyo Mdingi from Cape Town and YanYan from Hong Kong, that are making wool and cashmere the coolest things we own. {The New York Times

Abercrombie launches new Gen Z brand
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is launching a new brand called "Social Tourist" aimed at Gen Z shoppers. The label, which features fashions that can be found trending online, tapped TikTok sisters Charli and Dixie D'Amelio to help create the collection and star in the campaign. Social Tourist pieces range price from about $10 to $80 and will be available May 20. {WWD

How the Mugler catsuit became the new pop uniform 
From Billie Eilish to Dua Lipa, the Mugler catsuit has become ubiquitous with female pop stars. Priya Elan looks at how Casey Cadwallader created the sartorial successor to Madonna's iconic bustier in a piece for The Guardian. "It is a very Instagram-era piece of clothing," Elan writes. "But it's also classic Mugler." {The Guardian

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Crocs "Free Pair for Healthcare" program returns 
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