Emerging Europe’s young designers set to take London Fashion Week by storm

One of the biggest events on the fashion calendar takes place next week – London Fashion Week (LFW), and emerging Europe’s young designers will be taking centre stage. Held bi-annually, LFW showcases some of the biggest names on the English fashion scene such as Burberry and Vivienne Westwood, to up and coming stars like Charlotte Knowles and Ashley Williams who are testing the established traditions. Joining the latter group are rising emerging European-born designers Roksanda Ilincic, Petar Petrov and David Koma who have successfully penetrated the London fashion scene and will be showcasing their work alongside the big names.  Roksanda Ilincic, whose brand Roksanda is one of the most recognisable names in London fashion right now, has emerged in recent years as one of the designers at the city’s cutting edge. Originally from Serbia, Roskanda’s love of clothes began at a young age, before she went on to study both architecture and applied arts at the University of Belgrade. She then continued her journey towards stardom at Central St Martin’s College in London, alma mater of so many leading designers over the past few decades. She made her London Fashion Week debut in 2005, an...

Cork vs. Cap: Which Wine Stopper Is Better? | Earth911.com Cork vs. Cap: Which Wine Stopper Is Better?

Biodynamic, organic and Napa Green certified, planet-healthy wines are widely available. But what about the packaging? Today we pop (or uncap) the question of wine stoppers. Wine drinkers are divided over whether it’s better to cork a bottle of wine or cap it. But there are several types of cork, each with different performance and environmental impacts, and screw caps are not the only alternative to cork. The classic natural cork wine stopper is the first that comes to mind. But there are also granulated corks made of leftover granules from the natural cork manufacturing process. Technical corks are made from a combination natural and granulated cork. Synthetic corks can be made from any number of materials, such as rubber, plastic, and even bioplastic. You might remember Steve Martin asking Kermit the Frog if he would like to smell the bottle cap in The Muppet Movie. Many servers now “hold the cap and turn the bottle,” but the association of screw caps with low quality wine has been hard to shake, even though corks and screw caps are both available at every price point.   Many winemakers hold that the tighter seal of screw caps is preferable for preserving young wines, while ...