Category: Clothes Paintings

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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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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Win with Guo Pei: Fashion, Art, Fantasy






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Several years ago, Keith Nielsen was feeling less than cheerful when a friend told him about an internship opportunity with the costume department of the TV series “Mozart in the Jungle.”

After graduating from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., in 2015, he had hoped to find a job that merged his interests in fashion design and entertainment. When he couldn’t, he started working in retail. He said he had begun to feel depressed about his career by the time his friend mentioned the internship.

His only experience in costuming had been on student films, but Mr. Nielsen, who said his grandmother had taught him to sew, got the internship. “On the ‘Mozart’ set, I listened and learned,” he said.

Mr. Nielsen, now 30, worked on the show through its final season, rising from an intern to a costume coordinator. Afterward, he started to get more costuming jobs, including for productions at the Westchester Broadway Theater, now closed, and for the TV movie “My Adventures With Santa,” which was released in 2019.

The movie tapped into Mr. Nielsen’s longtime fondness for Christmas, he said, and since then, he has been hired as the costume designer for about a dozen TV Christmas movies.

This year, he oversaw costumes for four films: “Mystic Christmas,” a romance set in Mystic, Conn.; “Where Are You Christmas?,” a largely black-and-white movie that imagines a world without the holiday; “A Merry Scottish Christmas,” which was filmed at a castle in Scotland; and “A Biltmore Christmas,” which was filmed at Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C. All were for the Hallmark Channel.

Working with the theater helped prepare him to take on films, he said, because he learned how to better manage fittings and deadlines while becoming more familiar with outfits from different historical

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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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Three days after the grand opening of Cherry Pickin’ juice bar in NuLu, co-owner Lavell Wells was on a plane to Las Vegas.

He was gone for almost two weeks to work on a documentary for AMC Networks. While Wells was gone, Sydney Smith, his partner and co-owner of the juice bar, held down the fort.

The name Cherry Pickin’ and the hoops theme throughout the juice shop pays homage to the couple’s shared love of basketball. From the cherry-picking play on the wall inside the store to the names of the smoothies to the labels on the bottles of juice, every aspect of the juicery was carefully thought out, crafted and brought to life by the couple’s business partner, Katrina “Kat” Taylor, a Philadelphia-based graphic designer.

The juicery is a way for Smith, who graduated from the University of Louisville and also co-runs a sports marketing company called DOE Sports, to create her own legacy in the city where her father, Derek, won the 1980 national championship with U of L men’s basketball and her younger brother, Nolan, is now part of the coaching staff.

It’s a large undertaking for Smith and Wells as they look to create an inclusive space at Cherry Pickin’ while also balancing their careers in sports marketing and film.

“I think a lot of people are opening up to the space because they feel like it’s a space for them,” Wells said.

Blending backgrounds

Basketball is all Smith knows.

Some of her earliest memories were of her father, Derek, coaching for the Washington Bullets before his death on Aug. 9, 1996.

As a teenager, Smith helped her stepfather, Curtis Malone, run the DC Assault AAU team. It ended in 2013 when Malone was arrested and eventually convicted for his role in a

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It was a more physical world, though we thought it quite advanced. There seemed nothing “terrestrial” about twisting a radio knob to some eccentric decimal point, dialling static into song. In the summer of 1985, we all knew someone, usually an older sibling, who owned a portable, cassette-playing stereo. The rest of us remained stuck catching Top Forty countdowns on AM radio, or playing, on our parents’ imperial turntables, the one or two LPs in our possession. Increasingly, we listened to music by watching it on TV, our dance parties often overseen by a strutting, tattered sprite who wore bangles like opera gloves and held the camera’s gaze with her entire being, as though locked in a dare she was not going to lose.

I liked her best in motion: the jut of her chin as she spun to a stop, the drag of her foot through a grapevine step. Something important seemed bound up in this vision, beaconlike but elusive, forever disappearing around a corner up ahead. I prized the “Like a Virgin” LP I received for my birthday, the adults involved having apparently thought little of giving the record to a Catholic girl who was, if anything, overfamiliar with talk of virgins and of being like at least one of them. In regular living-room sessions, I twirled and stretched before the hi-fi altar, arching toward God knew what, flashing on how doing my best Madonna might resemble discovering a radical style of my own, the curious fission of moving in time.

That year, I delivered the “Madonna: Why She’s Hot” issue of Time to my father with the same air of triumph that swirled about him an hour later, as he quoted its comparison of her voice to “Minnie Mouse on helium,” a line he liked so much

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QUINCY — The executive director of the Quincy Museum said Saturday’s weather helped drive a good turnout for this year‘s Folk Life Festival.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather today,” Barb Fletcher said. “Last year we suffered through some rain, and two years ago it was hot. This year, we’ve been fortunate and people have been appreciative of the nice day to come out and see what we have to offer.”

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WENDELL, N.C. (carolina-based-clothing-brand/” data-type=”URL” data-id=”https://www.cbs17.com/honoring-black-history/hispanic-heritage-month/salvadorian-roots-history-inspire-north-carolina-based-clothing-brand/”WNCN) — Lisbeth Carolina Arias has spent her life balancing different worlds. She was born in El Salvador but moved to North Carolina as a young girl.

She grew up in Sanford, where her mother worked as a seamstress. Arias went on to study fashion and textile design at North Carolina State University. After working for major brands in the fashion industry, like Vera Wang, she decided to bridge her two worlds using her own company, Descalza.

The idea for Descalza first came while Arias was still in college, interning at a clothing brand in Guatemala.

“When I see these textiles for the first time, I feel like I’m learning part of my history, part of my indigenous roots,” said Arias. She knew then that her mission was to work her way back to using those traditional fabrics.

Now, Descalza is a multi-country operation that Arias runs out of her garage in Wendell. The concept is a combination of the traditional fabrics from Latin America and North Carolina’s textile history. Arias sources all of her materials from Latin American countries with their own distinct weaving techniques.

After arriving in the United States, Descalza’s head seamstress, Magdalena Cruz, gets to work bringing Arias’s designs to life an hour away in Sanford. Cruz, who used to work in industrial textile factories, said she prefers Descalza’s smaller, artisanal setup, because of the quality that goes into the product.

“You never stop learning. Every day you make something new. I like everything about it, because it’s my passion,” said Cruz. She also likes that Descalza supports artisans around Latin America.

Using traditional techniques means Arias has had to adapt her designs to fit within

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Black Coffee tells the story behind his shirt worn for the Madison Square Garden concert on Saturday night, 7th of October. The clothing was designed by Mike Amiri, and he also shared a video clip revealing the making of the shirt. The DJ ensured that the three women who raised him were embroidered and beaded into the clothing.

Black Coffee

“For me, this is such an important piece for myself because I am literally carrying my people to Madison Square Garden,” Black Coffee said. The piece is these three women, one Zulu woman and two Xhosa women. The one in the middle younger, that being my mother. You know being who I am in the family, I wanted to preserve the history of our family,” he added. Amiri says he is honoured to work with the DJ, knowing that its a special piece for him.

“I was really humbled that he will reach out to me to partner with him on creating a look for such a special performance. One of the best feelings I get in creating, is putting something together with this much meaning and that’s this important to someone. He’d showed me a painting that reflected them, and I wondered was there a way to incorporate that,” the designer said. Music legend, Oskido who flew to New York to attend the concert also gushed over the heart-warming shirt.

“realBlackCoffee pays homage to the three women who raised him, his mother and two grandmothers before he goes on stage at the world’s most famous arena, 20,000 capacity Madison Square Garden in New York City, US,” Oskido wrote.

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Gauteng ANC provincial secretary Thembinkosi “TK” Nciza is among millions of South

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