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Day: November 22, 2023

Fashion designers are the new painters, X’avier Alexander says. But it’s not the ‘80s anymore, where people flocked to see Warhol or Basquiat at an art gallery; it’s the moment for wearable art, he explains.

Alexander is a VCUarts fashion design student who won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 2023 CFDA Design Scholar award. He’s one of a dozen recipients to be awarded out of 340 students that applied. Alexander won $50,000 through CFDA, thanks to a donation made by clothing company Eddie Bauer. He is appreciative and sees it as a stepping stone.

His thesis “Who You Be” involves the theme of Black identity and what it means today. Under this large umbrella, there are collections with subtopics such as consumerism, or how a false sense of empowerment can come through the consumption of luxury goods. Another collection touches on challenging environments his own community faces, such as food deserts and a lack of resources that can lead to hardships and even crime. The artist is also trying to build a better future and show what that would look like.

“It’s taking the good, bad and the ugly about our culture and conceptualizing it into collections that speak on these real life things that go on within our community,” Alexander says.

The artist has a larger vision in mind. He wants a multi-sensory experience involving what you’re seeing, hearing, smelling and how the space feels, Alexander says, adding that he thinks he would need more than $50,000 to create his vision exactly.

“I’m just super big on that; how can you experience fashion in a different space or in a different way, and having it be longer than like a 10 to 15-minute show where models are just walking,” Alexander explains. “I want you to come here

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We live each day holding two thoughts in our minds at once. The horrors? They never cease. And also, time marches on. Babies are born, the holidays come again, the ginkgo tree yellows, and Leonardo DiCaprio has a birthday. These things we can count on for the most part. The actor turned 49 this year, and he threw a big bash where he allegedly kissed his girlfriend, Vittoria Ceretti, 25, and the crowd dicaprio-showed-off-pda-with-vittoria-ceretti-at-birthday-bash-exclusive-8400809″allegedly hoisted him into the air. One gets the sense that DiCaprio has long been good at balancing the solemn and frivolous—all that yachting balanced with excellent work balanced with his philanthropic endeavors.

But enough about him and the horrors. What about everyone else who went to the party? There were many: Kim Kardashian, Rita Ora, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Salma Hayek, Lady Gaga, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg, and the reportedly recently affianced Zoë Kravitz and Channing Tatum all attended. What do you wear to Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday party? The overarching theme was little black dress (many guests were arriving from the 2023 Baby2Baby Gala, Los Angeles’s biggest night for babies, and were dressed all the way up).

Kate Beckinsale, however, did something a little different than the little black dress. She wore a little black dress from the Blonds’ fall runway, which came with a surreal belt. It was deeply reminiscent of two fictional gems that have crossed paths with DiCaprio on film. 

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One is the the blue square-cut sapphire and beckinsale-makes-an-epic-callback-with-her-dress-at-leonardo-dicaprios-party-214758″diamond necklace that DiCaprio’s character Howard Hughes gave Beckinsale’s character Ava Gardner in 2004’s The Aviator. The other is the Heart of the Ocean, immortalized in the 1997 DiCaprio vehicle, Titanic. The Heart of

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 Warm, but cool outfits for cold weather (Photo: iStock)

It has been raining cats and dogs lately, and getting out of your warm house can seem like a task. However, life must go on. Errands have to be run, you probably must report to work and events must be attended.

How do you keep warm amid all these though? To those who drink hot beverages for warmth, you know you can’t get them all the time. If your closet has not adjusted to the weather, it is time you buy some warm clothes.

However, it is important to note that warm outfits don’t have to be bulky. You can keep warm but still look cool and cute.

For those going to work in this cold weather, having more garments under an official outfit is better than spoiling the outfit with heavy coats and sweaters.

This means that you should put on a vest, brassiere for ladies, and a tiny T-shirt among other undergarments before putting on your official top and blazer.

Turtle necks are one of the saviours during such times since you can pull off a casual or official look with those that have a heavy material.

If the material is warm enough, you can just combine the turtle necks with the undergarments, step out and the cold will have nothing on you. It is important to have a coat or a jacket. You can never go wrong with a winter, leather or trench coat that is long enough to cover past your knees.

These coats can help when you feel like showing some skin, which is not advised during such weather. Remember that the colour of the coat matters, especially if you are using public transport.

For instance, you decide to rock a white or bright-coloured coat

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COLUMBIA — On Nov. 10, 2023, the Columbia Museum of Art held its biannual Arts & Draughts event, and it was a celebration of art on the cutting edge. 

Centering around the current exhibition gallery show, “Rendezvous: Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray,” the event curated a high-fashion feel with a noteworthy CMA-exclusive hospitality and all-in participation from guests. Live music from locally revered artists Candy Coffins, Gamine and DJ VooDoo Child set the tone for the evening.

Throughout the evening, local designers featured styling demos and runway walks to display their work. Upstairs, a silent disco featured select tracks inspired by McQueen’s runway shows and downstairs bring-your-own material screen printing offered an exclusive Arts & Draughts t-shirt, designed by a Catawba Nation artist.

The evening night sparkled with delightful tunes, fabulous food and drink as Columbia’s fashionable folks got their slice of avant-garde limelight.







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Designers for Anton + Maxine watch models strut their designs at the Boyd Plaza during the Columbia Museum of Art’s biannual Arts & Draughts event on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. (Photos by Eden Prime/Special to the Post & Courier)










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Models styled by Nori Noir strike poses in formation to kick off the festivities at the Columbia Museum of Art during its biannual Arts & Draughts event on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. (Photos by Eden Prime/Special to the Post & Courier)










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Candy Coffins serenades museum goers as the middle act of the night during the Columbia Museum of Art’s biannual Arts & Draughts event on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. (Photos by Eden Prime/Special to the Post & Courier)










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Fashion is alive, well and on display all over the Columbia Museum of Art during its biannual Arts & Draughts event on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. (Photos by Eden Prime/Special to the

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