As the final Georgian ballots were cast on Monday evening a series of election polls predicted a momentous point for the South Caucasus state: potentially the first peaceful change of government in the country's modern independence. That point was confirmed this morning when President Saakashvili, leader of the incumbent United National Movement (UNM), conceded defeat in a televised address to the Georgian people.
From Silvio Berlusconi to Mitt Romney, plutocrats are nothing new in politics, but Ivanishvili gives the practice the post-Soviet, rags-to-riches twist. He insists he is a reluctant politician, but is compelled to enter the arena to fight the "authoritarian" rule of Mikheil Saakashvili, who came to power in the 2003 Rose Revolution.
Ever since I first discovered Lako Bukia's collection on the catwalk, two seasons ago, I have been a keen follower of her work and have tremendously enjoyed the presentations of her distinct designs. So, I was very eager to see the unveiling of her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection at London Fashion Week.