Pastoral Edge

Nothing says Spring more than crisp bright cotton. But feeling its not quite time to whip out that picnic basket and roll around in the grass? Or, maybe you've never really been the type to do that anyway -- but still want to indulge in the feminine frills of a farm girl? DISTRIKMODE says don't let go of those printed leather tights just yet. Layering of all black against this blue pastoral frock will guarantee the best of town and country.

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Vivid Volumes

Since we can remember, Flower Power has graced the runways and racks of designer labels everywhere. Despite its seeming ubiquity, there is something to be said about this print that makes a comeback every Spring. Touched by a hint of runway-couture, Distrikmode's take on Flower Power is as fresh and exciting as this season gets. The focus on this look is shapes and contours. So they say high shoulders and loud prints aren't for everyone -- we say, let go of that little mental discomfort and embrace your body! Feeling like some much-needed height? The top's high (not broad) shoulders bring focus to the neck and elongate your silhouette. Afraid the whole world is looking at your trunk-like arms? (which is all in your head by the way) The contours created by the cinch of the sleeves right above the elbows define and bring shape to this otherwise problem area. Off-setting the colour-infusing top is a fresh, clean-coloured billowy skirt that easily highlights or enhances any woman's gorgeous curves.

Simply, fashion isn't a "members only" club, it's a call to embrace art and body. Besides, isn't it time to extinguish the "I can't pull that off" mantra?

On another fabulous note, we've been featured by Clutch Magazine, an online source that equally asks you to challenge the norms of beauty. Thank you! (You can read the interview here)

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Hope For Haiti

Image source: Despardes.com

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Haiti and all the people who have been affected by this severe calamity. A few days have passed since the damaging earthquake, yet Haiti is still in urgent need of help; family members and friends still trapped under collapsed buildings, requests for food and medicine still extremely desperate, and fuel to help transport supplies and victims still in critical demand. For more information about the Haiti tragedy and the many ways you can help, please visit:

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A close friend has asked for some Distrikmode-inspired office wear. Here we go, the important questions answered:

1. Why Office Glam?

Whether it's working in a fashion magazine or an accounting firm, there is every reason to don the latest trends. Catwalking down the office hallway may not exactly be your runway debut, but being impeccably styled during those "drab" 9-5 hours will not only get you noticed, but also keep you feeling motivated and confident, all to your advantage. After all, what's more fierce than a glam-clad lady who can crunch numbers?

2. How Office Glam?

a. Dress for Success

Lately it has all been about VOLUME, draping, layers and jewel tones that pop. For those craving to get a few squeals and raised eye-brows, opt for a statement dress that is all of the above. Pair it with a crisp clean cream blazer, solid black stockings, and black pumps that run a mile high.

b. Walk the Talk

If there is one staple that will peg you as the ultra chic colleague, it is the rocker ankle boots. Pair these gifts from heaven with a luxe, cobalt blue satin pencil skirt, and bright yellow satin top. Unless you're working on an oil rig or six months pregnant, there is no excuse to not wear killer heels while in the office. Plus, you've always got the few minutes in the elevator or bathroom to switch from flats...

c. No-Sweat Suit

Taking on the new year with a new take on this classic office wear. Button up that white cotton shirt, lose those pants that are either too long or just about hit your ankles in an awkward way, and strut to the office pantry with a straight-fit black cotton satin pants, sleeked-back hair, and a blazer that speaks for itself. Let's not forget that pop of colour coming from the deep purple suede sandals.

d. Running a Blaze.

What's more important than the goodies at the office pantry? A blazer that will transform any old thing to become runway-ready. A statement blazer with low neckline screams for attention as it shows you to be the serious team player.

e. The Last Bits.

Remember: it's not WHO you're wearing, its HOW. If a garment looks and feels investment-worthy, what else is there to question?

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Basic Instinct

Since the dawn of time, animal print has draped the bodies of man-- sorry, womankind, across lands. In this post, we ask you to bring out your inner leopardess into the urban jungle. With the turning of this new decade, and the extreme imbalances of the past year, equilibrium is just as important in the fashion world as it is in the financial world. A couple of key accents; high waisted military jeans and a crisp white tank and black gloves, balances the prowess of this classic print with an urban chic look.   

Now, are we ready to prowl?

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Sheer Ambition

Why this outfit works: The crisp contrast of black and white signals sophistication, while the bright yellow and pop of purple brings some boldness into the ensemble. The ultra sheer top that highlights a sweetheart-shaped bra drives home your killer runway sense.

Feeling a little ambitious for this new year?

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Twenty Ten

Does New Year's Eve necessarily mean all out glam? It could, for some, but for others who've had a full year of merriment and consolation, it could also mean a night to enjoy with your closest friends, long-time acquaintances and a relaxed outfit that just about hints your glamazon ways.

Distrikmode welcomes 2010 with arms wide open. Our team anticipates an even wider array of articles that will hopefully satiate and inspire your fashion cravings. Thank you very much for your support and friendships -- and look forward to exciting developments to come!

Happy 2010!

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