Friday, 13 November 2015

Spectre-cular is DANIEL CRAIG

As Spectre's Mexico City's Premier coincided with 'Day of the Dead' festival, I too decided to follow this eerie suit. I rushed to publish this review to go live on Friday the 13th! Boo... :-Ooo
Happy 'Day of the Eerie' Fri the 13th!

After almost a decade, I finally like the concept of two gender 'blonds' in a James Bond poster. 

Growing up with one of my favourite movie heroes, one new word, 'Spectrecular!'. It may not be as dramatic as 'Skyfall' but it has lived up to my expectations J In terms of spy gadgets, I am sure DANIEL CRAIG's James Bond fans will know what to expect. Car chases are more humourous than exciting. This is definitely a new approach to James Bond films. 

Costumes now are very traditionally James Bond with much more colour to life too. Since DANIEL CRAIG's James Bond 'Casino Royale' debut in 2006, this franchise has broken many traditionsL. He is the first blond-Bond and featuring more dramatic than gadgetry. I hated all these breakaways...Grr >:-( Spectre also featured  MONICA BELLUCI with the role of Lucia Sciarra setting another feat as the oldest Bond girl. Unexpectedly, I have started to develop a 'crush' for DANIEL CRAIG's James Bond since 'Skyfall'. In 'Spectre' I can sincerely write that I like him now. This is despite another James Bond tradition broken with the absence of my favourite the casino scene. I am very sad ToT that 'Spectre' will be his last James Bond appearance, now that I like him.   

Opening scene, first time ever Mexican Bond girl, Stephanie Sigman with a very colourful dress matching 'Day of the Dead' mask. This is fashionably fabulous by breaking the tradition of colour and horror...Boo!

Bond girl, Dr. Madeline Swann, in a very typical dress. Feminine and bright really got the attention of other patrons. Look carefully and you will know what I mean.

 Who says horror cannot be associated vibrant cOLOURs? I like this festival already :-O

At this time in writing, with 'Skyfall' being the seventh-highest-grossing film, the highest-grossing film in the UK, the highest-grossing film in the Bond series, the highest-grossing film worldwide for both Sony Pictures and MGM, the second-highest-grossing film of 2012, winning several accolades, including two BAFTA Awards, two Academy Awards and for the FIRST time, two Grammys, DANIEL CRAIG deserves to be hailed the greatest James Bond to date. I am also proud to live this era when 'Spectre' having the Largest Film Stunt Explosion, may be more 'Spectrecular' than 'Skyfall'.  Thank you DANIEL CRAIG J for this revolutionary James Bond 007""


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Friday, 28 August 2015


Getting to know his allies. Want some sugar?

With his partner in war, Anthony!

Rather than weapons of mass destruction, I like Ant-Man's weapons. To those who are new to Ant-Man, like me, the respect and use of nature, should be made an example of. In this movie, ants. I quote,

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"Mahatma Gandhi

Here they gooo...

The superhero unmasked.

For women who want a polished appearance, look to Hope van Dyne. She looks strong, much more capable than most male characters. However, feminism is maintained.

The question for most superhero movies, "Why is the bad one always UGLY?" :-O 


 and UGLIEST...! The Yellowjacket

Fashionably good ;-) The Ant-Man costume is very close to its comic form. There is still room for improvements. Not being a media professional, I still question superhero movie adaptations which are usually far from original comic book forms. For now, I am satisfied.

 A very good movie since The Green Lantern. This is a movie that instils optimism, second chances and determination. watching this boosted my spirits...Boost...

UNLIKE other superhero movies, this has lots of comedy to let audience lay back after some serious concentration. I like this approach too.

To date, this is my favourite 2015 movie ;-) A MUST watch and in the CINEMA!!!


Reference Cited

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Monday, 24 August 2015


Let us NOT let the machines rise! 

Fashionably, it is monotonously rough and dark. A flat line______

For the second time, I am unable to download from official website. However this is fun 

The plot is weak. I think it is similar to 'Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines'. In addition, all types of terminator machines are featured here >:-(  This makes it an all-in-one edition. I reckon, if this is your first Terminator movie, you do not need to watch previous one to familiarise.

The part where consumers are waiting to be connected is once again an unheeded warning of the inevitable reality. This is the moral of the story.

Nevertheless, go and watch this movie for non-stop action!!! Bang...bang...bang!!!


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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Colour Effects

Orange - To energise and maintain a +ve life outlook, get it? J Let Rhihanna, Amanda Seyfried and Jennifer Lawrence get you there!

 Red - Be bold and motivational like Giuliana Rancic, Rosamund Pike and Dakota Johnson

Pink - Feeling stressed? Sooth like Blake Lively and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Yellow - Do you want to lift your mood? JFeel more focused and decisive like Julianne Moore and Claire Danes.

Colour affects all. If not, it will make a difference. Regardless of your belief, they are scientifically proven. As usual, too much of anything is bad. You have to balance. If you are a non-believer in colours, try donning them in a slow start. Try a bright belt, shoes or scarf. Increase gradually until you feel and observe in these three stages:

Stage 1 - Do you feel any positive difference? If, 'No', then you MUST proceed to the next stage.

Stage 2 - The moment you come into physical social contact, are you attracting any attention? I am sure you will.

Stage 3 - This is the determining stage. Do you receive comments on your colourful change? If compliments outnumber criticisms (Yup...yup...yup...), then it is proven that you have made a positive change in your surroundings. Inevitably, you have also made that on yourself too ;-)

Stay AWAY from these below:

Black - Black absorbs everything, good and bad energy. Without the ability to filter, it WILL affect your spirits. In the dark months, it will make your outdoor visibility lowest and most dangerous for you.

White - The opposite of black, this colour reflects ALL energy. In short, you will be nothing!

Gray - I am sure you DO NOT want your life to be dull and gray, correct?

In conclusion, I want my fashionistas to be the best and NOT like the rest!!!            


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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

More than meets d I (.)

I just realised that this, 'Happy 200th posting Dstysionist, Yipee!'

Being professionally trained and qualified, I seek inspiration from multiple sources. However, I think there is 'more than meets the eye' on this occasion...Boo... :-O

Indigenous tribe accuses Isabel Marant of plagiarism
London - Isabel Marant may have found inspiration for her collections in numerous tribes from around the world, but now the French designer is accused of taking her sources of inspiration too literally as one indigenous community argues the motifs found on a blouse, dress and skirt in her Spring/Summer 2015 collection is a direct and blatant copy of their traditional dress.
The Mixe community, an indigenous tribe from Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca in Mexico are threatening to take legal action against the French designer after noticing the uncanny resemblance between certain items from Marant's Etolie line and their traditional dress. "Isabel Marant is committing a plagiarism because the Etoile spring/summer 2015 collection contains the graphical elements specific to the Tlahuitoltepec blouse, a design which has transcended borders, and is not a novel creation as is affirmed by the designer," said a representative of the community during a press conference held earlier this month. The community is now asking for reparation from the designer for damages and are set to take legal action as they view their traditional dress to be a symbol of their identity. 

Isabel Marant accused of "hijacking a cultural heritage for commercial benefit"

The designer stands accused of "hijacking a cultural heritage for commercial benefit," whilst putting "indigenous communities at risk, as well as the originality of the fashion industry," according to Santa Maria's Tlahuitoltepec mayor Erasmo Hernández González. Accusation first began flying earlier this year, in January when Oaxacan singer Susana Harp shared a photograph of Marant's Vicky blouse in question on Twitter next to a picture of the 600 year old design for the traditional Tlahuitoltepec blouse, which has been produced in the south of the country by the tribe for years. The image went viral and led to national debate concerning cultural influences and the fashion industry.
Indigenous tribe accuses Isabel Marant of plagiarism
The dress version of the alleged plagiarized traditional costume is currently on sale for 120 pounds on Net-a-Porter, down from the original retail price of 200 pounds which is equal to 4,500 Mexican pesos. The original blouse from the Mixe community is said to cost roughly 300 pesos in Tlahuitoltepec. "The community also invited [Isabel Marant] to visit and to learn about the community and the artisan women creating the garment for so many generations," said Adriana Aguerrebere, from the NGO Impacto, which aims to reduce poverty and income inequality in South America. "The community also invited civil society and state, federal and even international authorities to work in the legitimisation of the collective heritage of indigenous peoples." Impacto will be working together with the Mixe community in search of more widespread protections for "the knowledge and the patrimony" of its indigenous people.
The case between Isabel Marant and the Mixe community has been further complicated after the Guardian contacted the designer's office and was told that another designer had also accused the designer of stealing their design. Fellow French fashion house Antik Batik has reportedly taken already "summoned" Isabel Marant as they believe they hold the copyright on the design. "Before the district court of Paris, Isabel Marant is fighting to set the record straight: she has presented submissions which expressly point out that these designs come from the village of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec in the province of Oaxaca, in Mexico," read a statement from the fashion house.

"Moreover, Ms Isabel Marant, after tracing the true origin of these clothes, officially informed the court: 'For her part, Ms Isabel Marant does not claim to be the author of this tunic and these designs'." As of yet, is seems that the indigenous community is unaware of the claims from Antik Batik and Marant's statement regarding her designs.


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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Comfort IS Priority

Dstysionist continuously STRESSES comfort. This IS the unfortunate proof. Let us break free from the 'tombstone effect'. Stay safe my fashionistas xoxo

Skinny jeans could turn wearers into unwitting fashion victims
Squatting in super-tight "skinny" jeans may pose a health risk, Australian doctors warned Tuesday, reporting the case of a woman who temporarily lost feeling in her legs from an hours-long squeeze.
The 35-year-old collapsed and had to be hospitalised the day after helping a relative move home, spending hours on her haunches to unpack cupboards. The unusual case was reported in a British specialist publication, the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
"She had been wearing tight 'skinny' jeans and recalled that these had felt increasingly tight and uncomfortable as the day wore on," the journal said. "Later that evening, she experienced numbness in her feet and found it difficult to walk, which caused her to trip and fall.
"Unable to get up, she spent several hours lying on the ground before she was found." The woman's legs were so swollen that the jeans could only be removed by cutting them off, said the statement. She couldn't move her ankles or toes properly, and had lost feeling in her lower legs and feet.
She was put on a drip, and was able to walk normally again four days later. Doctors at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia, said the jeans, combined with the squatting, had reduced blood supply to the leg muscles. At the same time, nerve fibres connecting to the lower legs had been damaged by prolonged compression, which explained the numbness and loss of control. 
"The present case represents a new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans," they wrote. (AFP)


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Friday, 12 June 2015

Jeans 4 U in Full Circle 'O'

Dstysionist says, "Here we are again as we come full circle in the most suitable jeans for you. Fabulous tips in addition to mine. I agree with most tips by Donna Ida except the in the last three sentences. I would not say that they are impractical nor she is wrong. I leave it to my fashionistas to research and verify."

The Denim Revolution: How To Find The Perfect Jeans For You This SS15

We spoke to denim expert Donna Ida to find out what we should investing in for next season – and it turns out 70s flares (and putting your jeans in the freezer) is all the rage…

The high-street is going head-over-heels for denim this SS15.

Fresh from the Stella McCartney, Fendi and Burberry Prorsum Spring / Summer 2015 runways, we’ve seen the humble denim reincarnated from the back of your wardrobe to becoming THE focal point of your outfit.

Crazy for denim on the Stella McCartney, Burberry Prorsum and Fendi SS15 runways [Getty]Crazy for denim on the Stella McCartney, Burberry Prorsum and Fendi SS15 runways [Getty]And with a recent study by Tampax Compak Pearl revealing that 40 per cent of women struggle to find the perfect pair of jeans, we spoke to denim expert Donna Ida to get all our questions answered…

The Next Big Thing In Denim

There’s no denying that jeans are an all-year-round wardrobe staple (and we shall not be parted from our trusty black skinnies come winter), but summer signals a change in style direction for most of us.

Donna, who owns a flagship denim boutique in London’s Chelsea, told us it’s all about white jeans and 70s-inspired flares in terms of next season’s trends.

Donna Ida - aka the Queen of Denim - spoke to us to promote the launch of Tampax Compak PearlDonna Ida - aka the Queen of Denim - spoke to us to promote the launch of Tampax Compak Pearl“White jeans are an absolute summer essential and SS15 is no different! Wearing white jeans is all about confidence,” said Donna.

“I think the flare will continue through to next season but there will be a more glamorous take, with a focus on denim fabric finishes.”

70s-style flares are all the rage for SS15 - just team with cork wedges [Topshop]70s-style flares are all the rage for SS15 - just team with cork wedges [Topshop]And for those days where it’s too hot for actual trouser-wearing (let’s hope we get some of those soon, eh?), we’ll be sporting the ubiquitous denim mini-dress, with Donna telling us we should let the dress do the talking by keeping styling simple.

“I would keep it quite clean and chic, and add a waist cinching belt and a cute pair of strappy sandals,” she said of styling a denim-dress. 

How we'd style our denim mini-dress... [Yahoo Lifestyle]How we'd style our denim mini-dress... [Yahoo Lifestyle]From L-R: Blue Denim Patch Pocket Front Tunic Dress - £24.99 – New Look, Annalese Necklace - £18.00 - Avon, Lareani Sandal - £50.00 - Aldo
And double-denim? Donna told us it’s all about not looking too matchy-matchy – instead clashing your washes for a stylish effect. 

“Wear different washes together, for example a dark wash jean and a light wash shirt,” she said. 

“Also play around with sizing - you could try a looser shirt over skinny jeans.”

Choosing The Right Denim For Your Body Shape

We all know there’s no point succumbing to styles that don’t suit your body shape, which is the number one fashion faux pas.

In fact, confidence is key – and finding the right pair of jeans will have a massive impact on your self-confidence, so we got down to the nitty-gritty with Donna.

AKA we found out which jeans we should all be wearing! (you can thank us later…)

Pear – A higher-waist style will cinch you in and draw the eye towards your small waist, whilst a bootcut or wide leg style will skim over your hips, balancing out your body proportions with the kick at the bottom of the leg.

Curvy - A straight-leg jean is a must as it will elongate your pins. You should also stick to a heavy-weighted denim with a minimal amount of stretch; a lighter weight with too much give will not provide the structure that you need. 

Kim Kardashian's high-waisted jeans flatter her curvy figure [Rex]Apple - There should be plenty of stretch in the apple girl’s jeans; typically you will look best in a stretchy straight leg style, with a mid or low rise waist. Apple shapes should also be wary of choosing the right wash; darker styles tend to be more flattering.

Boyish – Luckily, boyish types look good in most styles of denim, but a low-rise skinny jean will provide more shape and definition than most other fits. As a boyish body shape, you can get away with detailing such as zips and hardware; adding detail to the seat, like back pockets. 

Boyish figures like Cara Delevingne can get away with added extras on jeans [Rex]Boyish figures like Cara Delevingne can get away with added extras on jeans [Rex]Tall - If you’ve got long legs then one key point is to keep the waist at the right height; too high and it the jeans will elongate your legs even further and shorten your torso. Stick to mid and low rise styles, in a longer length.

Petite - A petite girl’s gentle curves look great in skinny or straight leg jeans, particularly if the style has fading or detailing to add shape. High-rise styles will elongate your legs and cinch-in your waist to show off your perfect proportions, whilst cropped styles really suit your smaller frame.

Finding Your Perfect Pair

So you’re in the shops, you’ve found the right jeans for your body shape and they’re bang-on-trend for next season – but how do you know whether they’re the right size?

Well, if they go on with ease, they’re actually a size too BIG – and if you have to jump up and down to get ‘em on, that’s a good thing…

“If they go on easily, go down a size,” she said. 

“Premium denim jeans will always have 2 per cent stretch and so you should have to wriggle to get into them because they will give when they warm up with your body's heat. 

“Even if you have to jump up and down to get into them, that's fine.”

Trying on jeans needn't be a struggle... [Rex]Trying on jeans needn't be a struggle... [Rex]And it terms of washing the beauties, you might be causing them damage if you’re regularly chucking them in with your darks on a 30 degree wash…

“You should wash your jeans but it does not need to be as often as people think,” said Donna.

“Denim is best washed on a cold wash, never hotter than 30 degrees, then laid out to dry naturally.

“You can put your jeans in the freezer - just put them in a zip lock bag and this kills the bacteria, this is also good for leather or coated jeans.”


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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A Denim Dummy No More ;-)

Ha...ha...ha... :-) stay with me and never be a dummy! This time, I equip you with the basic knowledge of denim. Enjoy the fruits of intelligence J

Denim for Dummies
For those who secretly have no idea what selvedge denim is but have heard that the best denim fabric comes from Japan (although they still don't know why.) Or for those who bluff their way through specialist stores talking to the staff, whilst they frantically try to hide that they have no idea what jeans made from raw denim are, comes FashionUnited's very own crash course in denim.
Speaking to Stacy Denzel Janmaat, denim expert at House of Denim, he explains the basics of denim. "Manufacturers often buy denim fabric which they use to produce jeans, but it is important that you know what the fabric is going to do and how it will behave, so you can alter your design for optimum use."

Selvedge Jeans Denim for Dummies"Selvedge, or Selvage, literally means 'self-edge'. It references to the edge of the fabric, in the lengthwise direction. The name originally dates back to the 1950s, when denim was made on the older machines known as shuttle looms, which produce tightly woven strips of heavy fabric from one continuous cross yarn. The edges of the knitted fabric are trimmed at the same time with a white edge to prevent fraying or unraveling. In the past all the selvedge edges were white but in time weavers looked to differentiate brands and introduced other colors for the edges, which is why Levi's has its red selvedge."

"Nowadays the majority of denim produced is non-selvedge, as the denim fabric is produced on newer machines, like projectile looms, make wider swaths of fabric at a cheaper price and with less waste. However, the edge that comes out of a projectile loom is unfinished and prone to unraveling. The only reason why consumers are asking for Selvedge jeans is nostalgia. A while ago, authenticity was a big trend, and everything had to be done by hand. Selvedge denim fits nicely within that category."

Japanese Denim Denim for Dummies"The Japanese purchased old machinery from the United States, so they still produce denim in a very traditional manner. Actually you should mention the term Otaku, which translated to someone who is obsessively engaged with all the denim details. They source the best types of cotton and indigo as well."

Indigo Denim for Dummies"Indigo is a dye from the plant species Indigofera. However, the majority of indigo is currently synthetic, which means its diluted. Actually it's a miracle that denim even exists because the indigo dye does not adhere to cotton very well."
"You have indigo powder, which is the dye most brands use, that is dissolved in water with salt and then heated. The vats in which the fabrics are dipped are actually green, not blue. After dipping the fabric, you have to wait for the denim to come into contact with oxygen, which turns the dye blue. Only after this happens can you re-dip the fabric to get a darker shade, which can be done a number of times until it no longer pick up the color. It is also impossible to dye synthetic materials with indigo, due to the stretch in the fibers which run horizontally through the fabric."

Raw Denim Denim for Dummies"There are many terms for this type of denim: unwashed denim. 'Raw Denim' is actually a term coined by G-Star, Blue Blood calls it 'Dry Goods' and Denham 'Virgin Denim'. There terminology for this denim is mostly due to branding. The term means that the cotton was last submerged in water when the yarns where dyed. A denim layman can recognize unwashed jeans by looking for a very dark color and a somewhat rougher, more rigid feel to the fabric."
"The charm of unwashed denim jeans is that the jeans can be seen as a blank canvas waiting to be brought to life, because the wearer can create all the abrasion and patches of wear themselves. You are able to day 'Oh that scuff was made then.' The idea stems from miners, who were the first to wear denim jeans. They would wear their jeans over and over and occasionally wash them in a creek when they were too dirty. By the way, I think it is pure nonsense that you should put your dirty jeans in the freezer to clean them. You should just hang them in front an open window in the evening, rather than putting them back into the closet after a day of wear to let them air out. When my jeans really aren't that fresh any more, I take them with me into the bathroom whilst showering, so they steam-clean. Do you think that's dirty? Honestly, I think this is more suitable cleaning method for men to do with their jeans, as womens underwear contain less fabric and provide less coverage down there..."

Finishing Denim for Dummies "There are certain washes which can make jeans look older than they are. For example, stonewashing, which is literally done with stones. Although this method is often used, it is not recommended anymore because it uses a lot of water. Then you have Ozon, a new technique from Jeanologia, during which the jeans are bleached using gas. And laser. You can load a pattern into the computer, which is then burned into the pants. There is also sanding, when jeans are scuffed using sandpaper. All these finishes are still done by hand."
"There are currently a number of developments occurring within denim finishing. By which I mean fabric weaving. Recently there is the Aloe Vera finish, which moisturizes your legs. Or LSD jeans aka the party pants ."

Originally written by Yasmine Esser for FashionUnited NL. Translated by Vivian Hendriksz


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