FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 file photo, a model wears sneakers at the a Missoni men's Autumn-Winter 2014 collection unveiling during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
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Fashion brand Balenciaga said Wednesday it had sacked its casting agency amid a furor over the "sadistic" mistreatment of models at Paris fashion week.The label, the hottest on the Paris catwalk, said it had sent a written apology to the 150 women who were forced to wait in a cramped stairwell for three hours at the casting for its show Sunday.The fashion house -- whose show is Sunday -- has become the hottest ticket on the Paris catwalk since the Georgian wunderkind Demna Gvasalia took the helm last year.The brand, whose designer Bouchra Jarrar's family comes from Morocco, used two black models among nearly 50 women who walked in its last Paris womenswear show.
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