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Cork pops as latest fashion trend

Cork pops as latest fashion trend

With a certain wine hue garnering a barrel of attention this year, fashion followers are paying homage to the bottle in a new way. This time it's with cork, which is the go-to texture for spring.

Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenberg and Kate Spade have all found success incorporating the material — and sometimes pattern — into their offerings.

From belts and bags to wedges and flats, the eco-friendly material is showing that it has use beyond bulletin boards and champagne bottles. In addition to everyday fashion styles in cork, the trend takes on extra importance here in Maryland, where the material makes for the perfect pairing for the Preakness next...