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Edition No. 200

Date:- 09 May 2005

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THE Cavern Designer Shopping Centre has launched a fantastic competition to hunt for Liverpool's hottest up and coming fashion designer by inviting students of Liverpool John Moore's to showcase their talents in an exclusive design competition.

Cavern Designer Shopping Centre is home to some of the world's most exclusive designer labels from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Jimmy Choo, Fendi to other groundbreaking designers. Cavern's portfolio of high profile designer brands is always looking out for the newest and freshest talent in Liverpool, and the competition supports young designers breaking into the fashion world. 

A selection of Fashion and Textile undergraduate students from Liverpool John Moore's have been asked to design part of a garment inspired by a project they are currently working on entitled 'Second Skin.' With the summer season on the horizon, layering and sheer fabrics will be key to the student's designs.

To fit with the high pressure and fast paced world of contemporary fashion, the students have been given a tight deadline of two weeks to finish their designs. All designs will then be presented to an exclusive panel of judges including a range of fashion professionals. The winner will be judged on their response to the design brief based on their artistic vision, quality of design and ability to communicate their ideas. 

The best design will then be given the opportunity to showcase their winning garment in Cavern Designer Shopping Centre alongside the other world famous names in the fashion industry. They will also win a shopping spree to inspire more ideas and expand their wardrobe. 

Delphine Wilson, Fashion and Textile Lecturer at Liverpool John Moore's comments:- "The competition is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get their talents noticed, not only to members of the public, but also to people in the fashion industry. Cavern Designer Shopping Centre has always been a strong focus for the fashion world in Liverpool, and this is a great way for our students to break into the fashion world."

Ged Downey, Cavern Designer Shopping Centre Manager comments:- "The competition is a great way for new talent in Liverpool to get noticed and gives youngsters a chance to get their ideas seen."

The judging of the designs will take place in the week commencing the 9 May 2005, so watch this space to see how the young hopefuls get on.

Warming advice for over-60s as lower than average temperatures set to continue...

MET office predictions that lower than average temperatures will continue into May has led Powergen Staywarm to advise older people in Liverpool how to keep warm and comfortable.

Cold and damp weather can aggravate arthritis and cause coronary heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease in older people so Powergen Staywarm, the fixed price gas and electricity service solely for over-60s, is offering tips on how to keep warm and well until temperatures start to rise again in June.

1.First and foremost it is essential to keep the home warm. A room thermometer will help you check that you have the right temperature (for older people between 21°C and 23°C).

2. Dress for warmth and comfort around the home by wearing several thinner layers to retain more heat.

3. Wrap up warmly when outdoors. Wear a hat or headscarf and thin layers of clothing under a coat.

4. Eat a well balanced diet and if the weather feels colder, eat hot meals and make regular hot drinks.

5. Try to keep as active as possible. Any kind of activity will do from walking to the shops to dusting a room. Half an hour's exercise each day is recommended. If you have difficulty walking, just move your arms and legs or wiggle your fingers and toes.

But on the bright side, the Met Office says that the weather forecast will get better. It predicts that temperatures in July and August will be above average, which will enable over-60s to enjoy popular outdoor pursuits such as walking and golf.

Powergen Staywarm's Cara Ponton comments:- "It looks like May will be slightly colder than usual so it is important for those older people that have thermostats to use them properly. They should be maintained at the same temperature all the time because the central heating system will turn off if the room temperature is correct and automatically turn on again if the room temperature is cooler than it should be."

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