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James Corden admitted ”it’s odd” being back in the studio.

The 41-year-old star has returned to a brand new set after 10 weeks of filming ‘The Late Show’ from his own home, and he’s given a big update on the safety precautions being taken amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to ‘Entertainment Tonight’, he said: ”It’s odd. We all get tested twice a week, we all have temperature checks, you are never not sanitising and you wear a mask all the time.

”Most of the team [who] make the show are all working remotely on Zoom and stuff. But it does feel nice to leave the house for a second…

”It was so isolating. Don’t get me wrong – I preferred the commute to walk into my garage. But other than that, this feels way better.”

However, the talk show host acknowledged there is an ”emptiness” in the new studio, while many staff members are still working remotely and he is having to interview guests remotely with no live audience.

Commenting on the set redesign, he explained: ”We built a studio with the safety guidelines that would [make it] the safest way to make a show in this room, with crew being far enough apart.

”That’s what we tried to do, and it was a long process of trying to get it to that point. We don’t know how long it will be before guests can come and join us. We have no idea.”

Meanwhile, James also gave an update on the hugely popular ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment as he admitted he’s not sure if or when the skit can make a safe return.

He added: ”We haven’t thought about it at all yet. I think it might have to wait.

”Who knows how long, but we’ve done it like 50 times. I think it’s okay to have a little break.”



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Paul Smith | Sir Paul Smith calls for fashion seasons to go back to just two per year

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Sir Paul Smith wants to see less fashion seasons going forward.

The 74-year-old fashion designer has admitted he hopes the industry goes back to having just two seasons per year.

He told the Indian edition of Elle magazine: “I hope the fashion industry slows down. We don’t need as many seasons as there were. I would like it to go back to a couple of years ago when there were two seasons, and in between those, you would have a one-week sale period.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the fashion muse has worked alone in his studio and designed his eponymous fashion house’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection over video call, which subsequently inspired his team to make pieces that are “loose and comfortable”.

Asked how the global health crisis will impact the fashion business going forward, he added: “Clothing wise, I think silhouettes will change to softer and more relaxed fits. During the lockdown period, I was in my London studio for 16 weeks all by myself, where there are usually around 150 members of staff. The whole SS21 collection was designed over the phone and video calls, this really inspired us to make garments loose and comfortable but still presentable and of course, well made.”

Elsewhere, Paul shared his goal to “expand” his Paul Smith Foundation, which he launched in 2021 to give back to the “younger generation”, after five decades in fashion.

He said: “I have launched the Paul Smith Foundation to mark our 50th anniversary this year. The foundation is created with an endeavour to give something back to a younger generation. At the moment, it is an online platform where people from all different professional fields can come to find inspiration. I hope to expand this over the years to come.”

The homepage for the foundation’s website reads: “This is the best advice gathered and given by Sir Paul Smith over the past 50 years. It won’t teach you how to cut a suit, but it will help you figure out how to take your ambition to the next level.

“Please explore our regularly updated archive of advice, or keep scrolling for more insights and inspiration…”



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Nathan Evans | Sea shanties surge on Spotify following Nathan Evans’ viral Wellerman cover

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Viral TikTok star Nathan Evans’ cover of ‘Wellerman’ has led to the sea shanty being streamed over 7,000 per cent more on Spotify.

On December 23, the video of the 26-year-old Scottish postman-and-singer’s cover of The Longest Johns shanty went viral and saw #ShantyTok trending worldwide.

And between then and January 13, 2021, streams of shanties have rocketed on the streaming platform.

Over 12,000 new user-generated playlists have been added that include “sea shanty” or “sea shanties” in the title.

While searches for “Sea shanty” jumped by 630% this week.

What’s more, ‘Wellerman’ has been the top-added global track to “sea shanty” playlists.

Other shanties to see a surge in streams include, ‘Leave her Johnny’ by Michiel Schrey, Nils Brown, Sean Dagher, which is up more than 225 per cent.

While ‘The Scotsman’ by Hair of the Dog has seen more than a 140% increase in streams and ‘Drunken Sailor’ by The Irish Rovers has increased by 80 per cent.

Listen to Spotify’s ‘Sea Shanties’ playlist on Spotify now.



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Venus Williams | Venus Williams loves full-body peels

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Venus Williams loves full-body peels.

The 40-year-old tennis ace is obsessed with the popular beauty treatment that has left her skin feeling smooth and glowing after three days.

Speaking to NewBeauty’s Winter 2021 issue, she revealed: “Last year I did a wonderful whole-body peel. When I was done, my skin looked unreal. It took about three days for everything to just peel off. My dermatologist in New York has incredible peels for the face and body, and the hands and feet peel so beautifully. And honestly, the butt peels so nicely, too. I love a good treatment.”

Venus likes to experiment with her beauty routine but refuses to try anything “too crazy” as she aims for “prevention” in her skincare.

She added: “I’m all about prevention. I love Laser Genesis or anything that’s going to help build collagen. I honestly like to keep it simpler and do something like a Laser Genesis treatment, some red light therapy, constant exfoliation and chemical peels. Nothing too crazy, but those sorts of things really turn over your skin and make it look beautiful. And if you keep it up and can continue your routine at home, you’ll be amazed at how well it works.”

Venus previously revealed she tried more aggressive treatments, like Ultherapy and Thermage – a non-invasive skin tightening and lifting treatment and a radiofrequency contouring method – for prevention but found they weren’t right for her skin type.

She added: “They’re both a little too painful for me, but they’re definitely two gold standards for anti-ageing.”

Venus has no qualms about ageing and insisted the only thing that could catch up with her, is the fact she never used sunscreen for “the first 35 years” of her life.

She said: “I’m really fine with it. I’m really fortunate to have really good genes, honestly. I think a lot of times it comes down to that and how you take care of yourself. I was very naughty not wearing sunscreen for pretty much the first 35 years of my life, so I just hope it never catches up with me! That’s all I can say.”



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