Met Gala returns with spotlight on American fashion and other news – SURFACE

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The Met Gala kicks off under the charged theme of “American independence”.

Replacing its traditional red carpet with a cream counterpart, the Met Gala returns after sequential postponements due to the pandemic. The ultra-exclusive event celebrated the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibit, titled “In America: A Fashion Lexicon,” as pop culture’s most decorated figures adorned the entrance to the museum dressed in designers ranging from the late Oscar de la Renta to the luxury giants. Yves Saint Laurent, Prada and Balenciaga. Long-standing gala chair and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is accompanied by co-chairs Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman, and Billie Eilish to kick off this season with other Famous guests waiting for. Representing beauty, social injustice and other attributes of red, white and blue through fashion, Wintour reflects on the evolution of American fashion and describes it as “a patchwork, reflecting the world in which we are. let’s all live, as seen through many different lenses.

Climate change can mean that “the whole paradigm has to change” for skyscrapers.

As America mourned the 20th anniversary of 9/11 last weekend, a conversation about skyscraper design and its environmental impact since the event got stronger. The consensus: we must drastically reinvent our sales towers. “I think the environment and health are two fundamental things, above safety, that challenge us all in the skyscraper paradigm industry,” said Gary Kamemoto, director of Maki and Associates, who designed the 4 World Trade Center skyscraper.

La Fabrica, a former textile factory in Santiago, is due to be renovated by Foster + Partners.

The mid-century structure had a past duality of employee housing and workstations and its subsequent renovation focuses on a multi-use scheme focused on community engagement through updated retail and multipurpose employment programs. In order to make the site more robust, the architectural firm details the arrangements for a low-rise residential island on the adjacent site. As the first project in Chile, Home + Partners plans to harness the country’s traditional timber construction techniques using sustainably sourced timber. “La Fabrica offers an incredible opportunity to interweave the city’s industrial heritage with the urgent need to establish a sustainable development model,” says David Summerfield, studio manager at Foster + Partners.

To drive climate change, New York passes a bill that controls the use of concrete.

As a fundamental building block, concrete is also a heavy pollutant since it accounts for around eight percent of global carbon emissions. A bill from the New York State Legislature, called the Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act (LECCLA), provides the basis for the state to report carbon emission levels and help clean up its environmental footprint. Its application, however, is discouraged because bureaucratic processes have robbed it of its initial strength which would have stimulated a bidding incentive for the state to pay contractors up to five percent more if they use more environmentally friendly systems. The final bill requires the state committee to consider a combination of bidding incentives and carbon emission standards, but the threat of greenwashing in engineering remains pervasive.

Technologically minded artist Cao Fei wins the prestigious Deutsche Börse award.

Cao Fei’s work across film, photography and digital media often explores society’s obsession with technology and tackles apocalyptic themes with surrealism and deadpan humor. She was named recipient of this year’s prestigious award Deutsche Börse Foundation Prize for Photography for his recent show “Blueprints” at the Serpentine Galleries. “She captures the particular isolation and alienation experienced in our increasingly digital age through a distinctive and alluring visual language that speaks both through and about images and their place in today’s world. ‘hui, “said Anna-Marie Beckmann, director of the foundation, in a statement. declaration. His work will be exhibited at Photographer’s gallery in London alongside three shortlisted artists – Poulomi Basu, Alejandro Cartagena and Zineb Sedira – until September 26.

Balenciaga’s “sagging” sweatpants at $ 1,200 have been claimed.

One of the luxury fashion house’s outings at New York Fashion Week has ignited the internet with accusations of historic exploitation of a look associated with racism. The gray fleece sweatshirts feature exposed boxers sewn over the elastic waistband, a recreation of the ‘saggy’ 90s look popularized by black men that several US counties have made illegal. (For example, in Shreveport, Louisiana, black men accounted for 96% of arrests for “ban on drooping pants.”) Balenciaga has declined to comment so far.

Today’s Attractive Distractions:

Taco Bell Asks Customers To Return By Mail hot sauce sachets for recycling.

Laura Owens covers the walls of an exhibition by Vincent Van Gogh in vivid wallpaper.

Doja Cat’s extravagant VMA costume has attracted a number of wild comparisons.

Guerrilla artist transforms Houston’s infrastructure with playful interventions.


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