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Hussein Chalayan’s New Metallic Elements; Essence’s Whitney Houston Cover

<em>Essence</em>'s April 2012 cover.
Essence’s April 2012 cover.

• The April issue of Essence magazine includes a sixteen-page tribute to Whitney Houston, and a cover shot of the singer from 1990 around the time she filmed The Bodyguard. [WWD]

Hermès designed a gold handbag worth over €1.5 million. On who would wear it, Pierre Hardy says, “I have no idea. But maybe they will have two bodyguards!” Only two? [FT]

• Mila Kunis shoots a new Dior campaign in Paris. [JustJared]

• Gwyneth Paltrow curates seven spring looks for Net-a-Porter. [Telegraph UK]

• The Navajo Nation formally sued Urban Outfitters over the store’s Navajo-inspired prints. [Styleite]

• Also: Urban Outfitters offended Irish groups with much of its St. Patrick Day–themed apparel, including a T-shirt that said, “Irish I Was Drunk.” [HuffPo]

• Top fashion designers including Mary Katrantzou and Giles Deacon will collaborate with leading British artists as part of a new initiative from the British Fashion Council’s Fashion 2012 program. [Elle UK]

• Hussein Chalayan’s fall 2012 show today will feature two dresses with palladium (that’s the lightweight metal) details as a “teaser” of his new partnership with the International Palladium Board and its new fashion program, Palladium Visions. [WWD]

• A new study by shopping research firm Bundle confirms Mac users are more fashion-forward than PC users. [Refinery29]

• Yoox launches an online shoe store called Shoescribe.com on March 8. [WWD]

Agyness Deyn makes her theater debut in London. [Telegraph UK]

Chalayan’s New Elements; Essence’s Whitney Cover