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Virgil Abloh started his fashion brand to pursue architecture.

The 40-year-old designer received a master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology but created his brand, Off-White, to “investigate” architecture instead of following a traditional route.

He told Dezeen: “I don’t believe in disciplines. We can use our architecture brain and do many things, not just what we’re supposed to do.

“I started a career to make a brand to do architecture rather than just work at SOM, or wherever I would have naturally gone starting my architecture career. I made a brand to sort of investigate architecture in a way.”

Meanwhile, Virgil previously admitted he is being more productive than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said: “We need to show our resilience. This is the time to prove our industry is a valuable one. Not for a second will I cancel, or pause, or take time off the calendar … Everything on my end will proceed. I’m finding ways to work harder, more efficient. I’ve started another collection on top of the collection I was working on for June because I have more time. We’re at a position now where I think we can realign ourselves with listening to the consumer first and responding, instead of the previous model, which was sort of talking down [to the customer. It’s critical that we as designers and institutions and brands realign ourselves with the voice of the people today.

“That means what we traditionally know as a fashion image or an image to market or a video or a glimpse, I think can get more heartfelt. I think it can reflect the real public and humanity in a more seamless way rather than a projected idea of what a fashion image is or a marketing image is or a campaign is.”



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Cardi B | Cardi B pledges to speak her mind on social media

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Cardi B will continue to speak her mind on social media.

The chart-topping rap star has insisted she won’t shy away from posting divisive things on social media, after bemoaning criticism of new US President Joe Biden.

Cardi, 28, wrote on Twitter: “How they trying to impeach Biden already ? He hasn’t even taken a s*** at the White House yet .This just shows me how delusional and dumb people can be. (sic)”

The rapper was subsequently told to “stay in [her] lane” and avoid speaking about politics on social media.

In response, the outspoken star explained: “This is my lane .Im a American that pays taxes right ?Are you a politician? ….No! Sooo how is this your landless more then mine ? (sic)”

Cardi has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, Biden’s predecessor, in recent months.

The rap star blasted Trump in an interview last year, describing him as an ineffectual leader.

Cardi said: “Those people that he caters [to], he’s not going to do anything for them. It’s not like Republicans are getting better housing. It’s not like Republicans are getting better benefits. They’re not.

“He’s not doing anything for anybody. He’s just saying things that appease the same people.”

Cardi hopes Biden will adopt an entirely different approach.

She explained: “I want a president who makes me feel secure. I want a president who understands the pain of the people. I want a president who is going to give us answers.

“That’s why I like [New York governor Andrew] Cuomo. I like him because he makes me feel like he’s listening to me.”



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Elisabeth Shue | Elisabeth Shue is so proud of the lasting legacy of her 1980s movies

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Elisabeth Shue is immensely proud that the movies she made in the 1980s still have such huge fan bases.

The 57-year-old actress – who appeared in the likes of ‘The Karate Kick’, ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ and both ‘Back To The Future’ sequels – is delighted at the legacy she has built on the silver screen.

Appearing on the ‘ID10T with Chris Hardwick’ podcast, she said: “It is incredible, it’s amazing that I happened to end up in a bunch of movies in the 80s that meant so much to people and that people still see.

“It’s pretty cool. I really am very grateful for that, for sure.”

Teen comedy ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ – which was Chris Columbus’ directorial debut – is one of her favourite parts to look back on, particularly as it’s a film she and her three kids – Miles, Stella and Agnes – with husband Davis Guggenheim have been able to watch together.

She added: “Oh, I love that movie! It’s one of my favourites, for sure!

“I’ve been able to watch that movie a lot – not a lot, but enough because it’s one of those movies your kids can watch. I think they’ve all watched it once or twice.

“It was my first starring role. It was a really wonderful time in my life, my brothers all came to the set – I think if you look you can find each one of them in background scenes.

“So that was very special – even my father is in it!”

More recently, Shue reprised her ‘Karate Kid’ role as Ali Mills in the third season of series ‘Cobra Kai’ – and her decision to sign up was motivated by her absence from the sequels.

She explained: “I was very grateful to get the truth of Ally’s story in ‘Karate Kid 2’ cleared up. That meant a lot of me, I have to say.

“I was bitter about that situation for many years! I really was! I never watched Karate Kid 2 or 3 because of it.”



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Anne-Marie | Anne-Marie and KSI to work on new track together

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Anne-Marie and KSI are working on a second track together.

The pair’s collaboration with Digital Farm Animals, ‘Don’t Play’, went to number two in the UK singles charts and they are already working on a follow up.

Anne-Marie told The Sun’s Bizarre column: “Number two is basically a number one for us! It feels amazing to be starting 2021 with a banger and the music video is popping off and it’s streaming loads so it’s great.

“I am very open and honest and I try to be as down to earth as I can be all the time but meeting JJ opened my eyes even more.

“He is so real, it was very inspiring. He taught me to be myself and not to change myself for anyone. And his laugh is as crazy as mine. I was so happy about that.”

The video sees them boxing together in a ring and KSI admitted Anne-Marie has great talent.

He said: “Legit, she can kick. She can get her leg quite high up and give a few people a few roundhouse kicks left, right and centre. She could kick people through walls.

“She has power. I had my hands out to take her punches and I was like, ‘Damn! I see you, Anne-Marie.'”



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