Fashion News Roundup: FHM Philippines Pulls Racist Cover, Kate Middleton Wears M Missoni, and Emma Watson To Star in Sofia Coppola Film

FHM Philippines Scraps Racist Cover: FHM Philippines planned to publish their March issue with a cover featuring local fair-skinned actress, Bela Padilla pushing past a group of Filipina models painted to appear black. The offending photo was captioned "stepping out of the shadows." As expected, FHM Philippines "apologized" profusely, saying, “In our pursuit to come up with edgier covers, we will strive to be more sensitive.” When the BBC asked Ms. Padilla about the cover, she expressed surprise at the negative reaction, claiming they "weren't thinking of racial discrimination" during the shoot. It seems Ms. Padilla and co. weren't thinking at all. {BBC} Kate Moss, Not Alexa Chung, Was Supposed to Float on Knives at Stella McCartney's Party: The model was set to be in illusionist Hans Klok's magic act, but her paralyzed arm kept her from participating. Alexa Chung, being the trooper she is, stepped in at the last minute. {Grazia} Kate Middleton Wears an M Missoni Coat: What's that you say? Kate Middleton wore clothes on a visit somewhere? Fancy that! The Duchess hit up Fortnum & Mason yesterday in a blue M Missoni coat and grey suede pumps. {Grazia}
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FHM Philippines Scraps Racist Cover: FHM Philippines planned to publish their March issue with a cover featuring local fair-skinned actress, Bela Padilla pushing past a group of Filipina models painted to appear black. The offending photo was captioned "stepping out of the shadows." As expected, FHM Philippines "apologized" profusely, saying, “In our pursuit to come up with edgier covers, we will strive to be more sensitive.” When the BBC asked Ms. Padilla about the cover, she expressed surprise at the negative reaction, claiming they "weren't thinking of racial discrimination" during the shoot. It seems Ms. Padilla and co. weren't thinking at all. {BBC} Kate Moss, Not Alexa Chung, Was Supposed to Float on Knives at Stella McCartney's Party: The model was set to be in illusionist Hans Klok's magic act, but her paralyzed arm kept her from participating. Alexa Chung, being the trooper she is, stepped in at the last minute. {Grazia} Kate Middleton Wears an M Missoni Coat: What's that you say? Kate Middleton wore clothes on a visit somewhere? Fancy that! The Duchess hit up Fortnum & Mason yesterday in a blue M Missoni coat and grey suede pumps. {Grazia}
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FHM Philippines Scraps Racist Cover: FHM Philippines planned to publish their March issue with a cover featuring local fair-skinned actress, Bela Padilla pushing past a group of Filipina models painted to appear black. The offending photo was captioned "stepping out of the shadows." As expected, FHM Philippines "apologized" profusely, saying, “In our pursuit to come up with edgier covers, we will strive to be more sensitive.” When the BBC asked Ms. Padilla about the cover, she expressed surprise at the negative reaction, claiming they "weren't thinking of racial discrimination" during the shoot. It seems Ms. Padilla and co. weren't thinking at all. {BBC}

Kate Moss, Not Alexa Chung, Was Supposed to Float on Knives at Stella McCartney's Party: The model was set to be in illusionist Hans Klok's magic act, but her paralyzed arm kept her from participating. Alexa Chung, being the trooper she is, stepped in at the last minute. {Grazia}

Kate Middleton Wears an M Missoni Coat: What's that you say? Kate Middleton wore clothes on a visit somewhere? Fancy that! The Duchess hit up Fortnum & Mason yesterday in a blue M Missoni coat and grey suede pumps. {Grazia}

Taylor Tomasi-Hill's Apartment Sure Has a Lot of Trees: Vogue takes you inside the ginger-haired tastemaker's digs, and yes, they're awesome, and roomy enough for us to move in (please?) {Vogue}

Agyness Deyn Makes Her Stage Debut: The 29-year-old model is playing Paula in The Leisure Society. Deyn said her character is "unfazed by anything - she's a free spirit." Not unlike Aggy herself, we imagine. {Telegraph}

Delfina Delettrez Designs Accessories for Kenzo: Get excited for Kenzo's fall runway show, guys. The label has tapped jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez to design necklaces, bracelets, rings, belts and shoe clips for their Fall 2012 collection. Interestingly, the baubles will be made from walnuts coated in resin. {WWD subscription required}

New York to Launch Design Mag: The good folks over at NY Mag will tell you how to properly furnish your New York City crawlspace apartment with a new design title, New York Design Hunting. They will release a first trial issue this May. {WWD subscription required}

Adriana Lima Brings Her Own Salad to Restaurants: The Victoria's Secret model hit up a South Beach restaurant and asked the wait staff if she could eat the salad she brought with her, as she is on a strict diet. Still no word on why she bothered to dine out in the first place. {Us Weekly}

Emma Watson to Star in Sofia Coppola-Directed Film: Good to see Ms. Watson getting work after all those Harry Potter movies! The 21-year-old actress has snagged a role in The Bling Ring, a movie based on the true story of Los Angeles teenagers who broke into several celebrity homes, which Sofia Coppola will direct. {Vogue UK}