Month: November 2023

Graffiti on the front of the BBC building in Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

Paint was daubed on the front of the BBC building in Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

The front of the BBC Northern Ireland building in Belfast has been daubed in paint in the colours of the Palestinian flag.

The incident happened at Broadcasting House on Ormeau Avenue at about 23:25 GMT on Friday.

There have been a number of pro-Palestinian protests outside the building since the war started.

Police said two suspects wearing black clothing with masks and hoods, painted graffiti onto the building.

The two people left the scene on foot a few minutes later, police said.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We regret any damage caused to BBC buildings or property.”

Several pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli demonstrations have been held in Belfast since violence erupted.

Hostages handed over

A total of 13 Israeli women and children and 11 foreign workers were released from Gaza on Friday.

They were the first hostages handed over as part of a deal brokered by Qatar.

The deal also includes a four-day truce and the release of 150 Palestinians from Israeli jails.

Hamas’s attacks on 7 October killed 1,200 people, with about 240 taken hostage.

Since then, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry says more than 14,500 people have been killed in Israel’s retaliatory campaign


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“Lesage and all the maisons d’art are part of the future of fashion,” Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s president of fashion, wrote in an email, “and the contribution of each maison is key, not just at Chanel, but if you look at shows today, everyone wants to value the unique savoir-faire.”

This past summer I spent an afternoon in Lesage’s shimmering world, where sequins, beads, metallic threads and more come together with the skill of the petites mains (in English, tiny hands), as the skilled seamstresses of Parisian fashion houses are called.

At Lesage, the artisans are predominantly women from varied backgrounds. Some are graduates of École Lesage, the in-house embroidery school, although its training program, which can involve as much as 150 hours of instruction, is not a prerequisite for a job. One worker now on staff, for example, formerly taught history and geography.

“The most difficult part is to make,” Mr. Barrère said. “We’re talking about humans, not machines.”

Mr. Barrère said it takes at least 100 hours to make an embroidery for a simple ready-to-wear garment. “In haute couture, it’s 600, 800, 1,000 or 2,000 hours of work, it depends,” he continued. “Each time you multiply it with the price per hour and it becomes very, very expensive.”

The creative process at Lesage is both collaborative and intensely personal. Here is how it works:

Fashion collections usually have themes, and Lesage artisans work with designers and their teams to turn those themes into embroidery.

“Each project is unique,” Mr. Barrère said — and to explain it, he described the work behind the Chanel Cruise collection, designed by Virginie Viard, Chanel’s creative director, and presented in May on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles.

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Since debuting four years ago, Netflix’s Selling Sunset—an addictive reality show chronicling the professional and social lives of a gaggle of statuesque Los Angeles realtors and their bosses, diminutive identical twin brothers Brett and Jason Oppenheim—has produced 7 seasons in rapid succession. That means that the program has had to maintain a kind of hysterical acceleration when it comes to property drama and aesthetics.

In years previous, cast members like Mary Fitzgerald, a sweet saleswoman who became a mother as a teenager, and Chrishell Stause, a knockout beauty-turned-tragic heroine in Season 3 when her soap opera actor ex-husband dumped her via text message, would lead clients around winsome, Sherman Oaks 4-bedroom homes priced at around $3 million. Expensive, but cute!

In accordance with the balmy weather and their chi-chi clientele, the all-female cast of realtors always dressed upscale-professional for showings and open houses: daytime cocktail dresses, sky-high heels, and perfectly blown-out hair. The looks were very “done,” and very Los Angeles, but there was a modesty to the proceedings.

Those days are long gone. A new mansion tax implemented in L.A. in April, which is discussed often on Season 7 of Sunset, coupled with a steep slowdown in luxury home sales following the feverish market surge during the pandemic, has left the well-heeled brokers and their clients scrambling to knock spectacular deals out of the park, fast.

As such, for the realtors, any and all prim summer dresses have been left in the closet in favor of outfits that could only be described as dystopian dominatrix armor.

In order to make their commissions, these real estate professionals-slash-TV-stars have transformed themselves into unforgettable walking advertisements as intimidating as the ultramodern architecture they’re selling.

Photo of Selling Sunset cast

Above, the adorable Chelsea Lazkani celebrates her first $10 million listing with an outfit that would

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A new second-hand clothes shop opened on the Eilandje in the north of the city of Antwerp, Belgium on Friday November 24. The store, entitled ‘Kwik Shop’ is operated by pupils of secondary education institution Kunstkaai and they also completely furnished the shop themselves, as per Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN).

The project was launched by seventh year students of the Design & Expo+ programme (the decor and window display course) at the Kunstkaai secondary art school.

The students transformed the old office buildings of Antwerp’s dock workers into the Kwik Shop. You will find second-hand clothes, accessories and limited edition own designs that are affordable for everyone.

Antwerp high school students open second hand shop

The shop is not only open to its own students, neighbours and passers-by are also welcome. You can buy something in the Kwik Shop from as little as 2 euros and the most expensive item is 16 euros.

The opening night of the ‘Kwik Shop’ took place on Friday 24 November from 4.30pm to 8pm CET. Students provided visitors with advice on outfits and products.

The shop is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12.15 to 12.55 pm. Groups of five or more people can also visit the shop by appointment. To do so, people can send a message to the Instagram page ‘Kwikshop 7’.

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The new Louis Vuitton GO -14 bag combines three things that are vital to one another: a designer’s inspiration, a trunkmaker’s thriving heritage, and an artisan’s ingenuity, presented with the house’s magnificent savoir-faire.

Meet the GO-14 bag, the symbol of timeless creativity passionately created by Louis Vuitton’s artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquière. The bag originally appeared on the designer’s first runway show for women’s collection in October 2014, hence the name – Ghesquière October 2014. Nine years on, the bag re-emerges to meet today’s aesthetic with its distinctive design and details crafted by the house’s skilful artisans. Of particular note is the crisscross pattern that instantly steals a glance.

Named the malletage, Ghesquière revives its inspiration from the interior of Louis Vuitton’s trunks, purposely designed to keep documents in place. Despite imagining its practical function, he rediscovered the pattern as the bag’s striking yet discerning feature. “There are some universal codes that exist solely in Louis Vuitton. It was about reappropriating and transposing them into a new setting,” says the designer on his unparalleled discovery.

As a testament to the house’s trunk-making heritage, the malletage poses a challenge for all the artisans in the atelier. The creative process itself requires more than 20 different steps, particularly to get the perfect and subtle gradations on the patina. The steps also ensure it can get a satin or toasted finish near the stitching. Adding more attention to detail to the bag is the high technique the artisans put through for depositing the 17-metre-long trim for the rounded malletage, making the process a true epitome of the maison’s complex savoir-faire.

The newly reimagined GO-14 bag also boasts its cushiony and curvy look using the soft lambskin. And like its original idea, the pattern is padded and overstitched to highlight the bag’s surface. Additionally, the

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Unveiling Tactical Clothing’s Modern Makeover:

Tactical clothing has undergone a remarkable evolution in the 21st century, transforming from mere functional gear to a stylish statement. As we navigate this era of innovation and versatility, let’s explore the dynamic changes that have shaped and defined the tactical clothing landscape.

Breaking Ground with Cutting-Edge Fabrics:

In the quest for both durability and comfort, modern tactical clothing pioneers have turned to cutting-edge fabrics. The integration of advanced materials such as moisture-wicking blends and abrasion-resistant synthetics has elevated the functionality of tactical wear. These innovations not only withstand the rigors of challenging environments but also ensure wearers stay comfortable in any situation.

Smart Design: Merging Form and Function:

The days of sacrificing style for utility are long gone. Contemporary tactical clothing seamlessly blends form and function. Designers are now incorporating sleek lines and modern aesthetics without compromising the practical aspects crucial for tactical operations. This shift has given rise to a new breed of clothing that effortlessly transitions from the field to everyday urban life.

Versatility Redefined: From Mission to Main Street:

“Versatility is the cornerstone of 21st-century tactical clothing. The evolution has seen a departure from specialized, mission-specific gear to adaptable attire suitable for various occasions. Whether it’s concealed carry options, modular systems, or convertible features, tactical clothing has become a wardrobe staple for those valuing both preparedness and style.” Says Sean Frank, CEO of LA Police Gear

Rise of Eco-Friendly Tactical Apparel:

In tune with the global push towards sustainability, tactical clothing has embraced eco-friendly practices. Manufacturers are increasingly utilizing recycled materials and environmentally conscious production processes. This not only aligns with the growing demand for sustainable fashion but also reflects an industry-wide commitment to minimizing

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Auction house Christie’s and fashion brand Gucci are collaborating on a new digital auction featuring eight generative artists who have created work for the brand.

Bidding on the works in “Parallel Universes: From Future Frequencies to Gucci Cosmos” runs until November 28 on gucci.com/”Gucci Art Space, the brand’s online gallery, which was launched in 2022. The participating artists are Alexis Andre, Alexis Christodoulou, Amy Goodchild, Harvey Rayner, Jacqui Kenny, JoAnn, Melissa Wiederrecht, and Thomas Lin Pedersen.

“Parallel Universes: From Future Frequencies to Gucci Cosmos.” Photo courtesy of Gucci and Christie’s.

The auction comes as a follow-up to Future Frequencies: Explorations in Generative Art and Fashion, which took place over the summer alongside Christie’s Art+Tech Summit. It is a fascinating time for the brand as it makes strides to look to the future as well as explore its heritage and further its imprint in the art world.

Gucci’s creative director Sabato De Sarno debuted his new sleek vision in September and the Es Devlin-designed traveling brand retrospective “Gucci Cosmos” is now in London.

At publishing time, works are priced at a range from 0.5 ETH (about $1,030) for a work by Goodchild that explores “the power of unisex fashion as championed by Gucci” to 4.0 ETH (about $8,250) for a work by JoAnn that depicts a surrealist multi-decker bus and is described as “carrying simple pleasures of life in the evening ride.”

Also tagged at 4.0 ETH is Alexis Christodoulou’s The Mysteries of Nature and Art, a digital animation showing the view out of a train window with wild horses running alongside. “The digital artwork, inspired by zoetropes, merges tradition with modernity, encapsulating the essence of Gucci in a seamless fusion of art and fashion,” according to the artwork description.

Alexis Andre, Birth, courtesy Gucci

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Win with Guo Pei: Fashion, Art, Fantasy






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Hunter Schafer is one of those celebrities that seemingly popped up out of nowhere. In 2019, she made her acting debut as Jules in the hit HBO show Euphoria, and suddenly, she was everywhere. But she didn’t actually just appear over night, Schafer actually cut her teeth in the modeling world long before she got into acting. That might be why, by the time she started hitting red carpets to promote her new projects, she already had her personal style completely figured out. Schafer has never played by the rules when it comes to dressing for events. She loves to take risks, which is why she usually gravitates toward more out-of-the-box designers like Rick Owens and Daniel Roseberry of Schiaparelli. Of course, her ambassadorship with Prada has also resulted in some best dressed list placements. She is constantly stepping out in custom looks from the house, many of which are inspired by vintage creations. Clearly, Schafer has an eye for fashion, which means every time she appears on the red carpet, it is an absolute delight. Below, we’re looking back at her short time in the spotlight, and all of the great looks she has already managed to squeeze in so far.

2023: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Los Angeles Premiere

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Schafer paired pin-straight, waist-skimming hair with her completely embellished, cut out Alexander McQueen pre-fall 2023 dress.

2023: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes World Premiere

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2023: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes European Premiere

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Schafer did not mess around during The Hunger Games press tour, and at the movie’s first premiere, held in Germany, she wore an artistic Schiaparelli fall 2023 haute couture dress that looks like it was literally

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SpaceX employees claim founder Elon Musk takes a lax approach to safety and has even discouraged the use of yellow-colored safety clothing, citing his dislike for bright colors.

Three former supervisors at SpaceX explained how Musk even had machinery painted in industrial safety yellow repainted in black or blue based on his aesthetic preferences. 

Some workers were also reportedly instructed not to wear yellow safety vests when Musk was present.

Managers also sometimes told workers to replace yellow safety tape with red, the supervisors said. 

A investigation by Reuters revealed SpaceX had at least 600 unreported worker injuries since 2014, including eight incidents resulting in amputations. 

Elon Musk discouraged employees from wearing yellow-colored safety clothes, SpaceX workers have said

Elon Musk discouraged employees from wearing yellow-colored safety clothes, SpaceX workers have said

Musk doesn't like bright colors and has even had yellow machinery painted black or blue while yellow safety tape has been replaced with red. Pictured, inside of SpaceX in Hawthorne, California facility

Musk doesn’t like bright colors and has even had yellow machinery painted black or blue while yellow safety tape has been replaced with red. Pictured, inside of SpaceX in Hawthorne, California facility

Musk himself at times appeared cavalier about safety on visits to SpaceX sites: Four employees said he sometimes played with a novelty flamethrower.

For years, Musk and his deputies found it ‘hilarious’ to wave the flamethrower around, firing it near other people and giggling ‘like they were in middle school,’ one engineer said. 

Musk tweeted in 2018 that the flamethrower was ‘guaranteed to liven up any party!’ At SpaceX, Musk played with the device in close-quarters office settings, said the engineer, who at one point feared Musk would set someone’s hair on fire. 

Last year, an open letter penned by some SpaceX employees criticized Musk’s behavior as a ‘source of distraction and embarrassment.’ 

Musk is known for running his companies with a high level of intensity, occasionally implementing work sprints and reportedly sleeping on the factory floor at Tesla.

At one incident at Musk’s SpaceX facility in McGregor, Texas,

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