The Balenciaga casting directors accused of mistreating models have fired back at the allegations.
n Tuesday (28Feb17), casting director James Scully took to Instagram to accuse multiple designer brands of poor treatment of models at Paris Fashion Week.
Scully also alleged that at an audition for the Balenciaga show last Sunday, Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes left 150 models waiting in a dark stairwell for three hours while the two went to lunch.
In response, the French fashion house, owned by luxury conglomerate Kering, immediately released a statement, claiming it had cut ties with Boina and Fernandes, and had sent apologies to the models' agencies.
But Boina has now issued a rebuttal, criticising Scully for his "inaccurate and libellous" remarks.
"It is important to stop the spread of rumours and set the record straight," she told Business of Fashion. "To directly address these accusations, the models did not wait for three hours in the dark, not even one hour. We personally ate our lunch in the casting facility and - without question - we did not lock the models in the stairwell and turn out the lights."
Boina went on to explain that the "most comfortable" conditions were available in the facilities provided, though noted that the building's electricity went out "for a period of time" late Sunday evening, a fact confirmed by Balenciaga chief executive Cedric Charbit, and that the reception area of Balenciaga’s headquarters was unavailable, meaning that some models were made to wait on a staircase.
She continued that she was "saddened to be released from the casting without a discussion of what actually took place".
In his original Instagram post, Scully also called out Lanvin for racial discrimination against models.
While the fashion house denied the allegations, its fall 2017 show on Wednesday only showcased two non-white models on the runway, one being Joan Smalls.
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