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Francine Reviews The Black Orchid Jewel Mid Rise Jegging

DT’s founder Francine recently got herself into a pair of Black Orchid Jewel Mid Rise Jeggings—similar to the mint green version Kim Kardashian favors in her endless denim collection—and she let us know what she thinks about ’em! Scroll to find out if they meet her standards for style, fit, and versatility.


Check the jeans out below:


What was your first thought when you tried them on?

I love the color and love the fit. I’ve definitely become a mid-rise type of girl and these jeans are perfect in that regard.

Where/when would you wear these?

They’re versatile—they’re fun because of the bright color but they can be styled to look a little more serious. The color might even be intimidating if these jeans walked into a meeting… But definitely day or night, and all four season!

How’s the fit?

LOVE the fit. They are both comfortable and flattering, and most importantly, they don’t lose their shape after a few hours of wearing them.

Love these jeans? Get a pair now!

—DT Staff

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Posted Apr 25 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Product

Q&A: Denim Therapy Catches Up With Julien Jarmoune Of Black Orchid

Designer Julien Jarmoune of Black Orchid Denim has wow’d us in the past with designs celebrities and street style bloggers alike are obsessed with, and the latest collection, which we got to check out at Coterie, is nothing short of rock star-worthy.  From studded side seams to the classic dark-and-sexy range of washes, we had to know what the designer’s latest thoughts were while whipping up this must-have uniform for girls with equal parts style and attitude. So, we asked him (and we also found out he only owns one brand of men’s jeans)!

black orchid denim interview Q&A spring 2012

Denim Therapy: Tell us a little about the spring 2012 collection. We noticed an emphasis on studs, zippers, and hardware (and we love it).

Julien Jarmoune: Yes, a selection of our spring styles feature studs and hardware which is geared towards high end image boutiques and our more rocker clientele.  However, the core focus of our Spring 2012 line is colors. In 15 color washes ranging from pastels to brights and neons, we offer a wide selection of styles including skinnies, flares, skinny micro flare, mini shorts, mini skirts,  pleated trousers and pleated trouser shorts. We also offer all 14 styles in white.  In addition to introducing new colors we’re also going back to our heavier sanded and torn washes.

DT: How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?

JJ: Black Orchid is the only premium denim collection on the market that combines amazing fits and designs with a huge press and celebrity following all at a great price point.

DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?

JJ: When I am about to design my next collection, I usually get “stuck” and can’t come up with any ideas for almost a month and start loosing sleep over it. And then for an inexplicable reason I wake up one morning with the entire collection completely done in my head.  Everything becomes apparent to me and I end up designing a collection of 60 styles within the next 2 weeks. Always a stressful but such an exciting moment!

DT: Describe the woman who represents your ideal target customer.

JJ: My ideal customer is a fashion trendsetter.  She is sexy and confident and looks great in her jeans whether paired with a nice bag and a pair of Louboutins or a casual tee and flats.

DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?

JJ: I don’t have any plans at the moment but would love to collaborate someday with brands such as Alexander Wang, Balmain or Thomas Wylde.

DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?

JJ: My favorite denim trend is a classic skinny jean because I think it looks great on any body.  I’m more resistant to the bell bottom trend, as it’s more difficult to pull this off.

DT: Street style and style blogs are huge in the industry right now as a source of inspiration, influencing the high-end labels rather than vice versa. How much does street style influence your designing?

JJ: Believe it or not I never look at any of those websites for inspiration. I always design what I like and what I would like my BlackOrchid customer to wear.

DT: How many pairs of jeans do you own?

JJ: About 10 or 12, all from Dior Homme.

DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next?

JJ: Colors, colors, colors.

Check out some shots we took at the Coterie spring 2012 preview below.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 04 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

Jeans on Sale L.A.: Fred Segal Santa Monica 50% Off Deals!

Fred Segal wants us to hit the beach this Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, October 9th for 50% off selected merchandise from top designers, and they mean Bottega Veneta, Elizabeth & James, Ella Moss, Missoni, Splendid, and tons more.  Expect to see these jeans for women on sale: Levis LVC, Made and Crafted, Habitual, AG, J Brand, Black Orchid and Current/Elliott.  Jeans for men on sale include: Nudie, Citizens, J Brand and Dries Van Noten.

If you can’t make it for the next few days, try again on September 26th, when selected merchandise will be available at up to two-thirds off, with merchandise on sale at up to 75% off, from October 3rd through October 9th.

Fred Segal Santa Monica (both locations)
420 Broadway and 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-3099

For more information, go to Fred Segal online.

—Kathy Ng Hassan


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Posted Sep 22 2011 in Denim Buys » Sales

Denim Dose: News & Links, Sale Edition!

Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and everything else we couldn’t help but share. Check out what’s happening (and totally not happening) in the world of denim now. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!


1. Over 200 styles are on sale now at Madewell, including online exclusives and new products that just dropped! Our personal fav? This chambray button-up skirt.

2. Raven Denim is having a sale on women’s prooducts only—take an additional 30% off all clearance and sale items as well as regular priced. The sale ends this Sunday, so jump on it! Use promo code WOMENSSALE at checkout.

3. Hey LA, there’s a Siwy Denim sample sale next week on Friday, August 26th. Also sold? Black Orchid, LnA, and Raven. Click for details.

4. The Urban Renewal denim convertible backpack is on sale now for $19.99 at Urban Outfitters (used to be $59.00!)

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Aug 18 2011 in Denim Buys » Sales

Weekly Round Up: Our Best Denim Posts of the Week

Missed out on anything this week? We make catching up easy with our round up of the most exciting blog posts we cooked up for you in the past seven days. You’re welcome!


1. A/W 2011 Menswear: Balmain Homme—One menswear collection (or wardrobe as designer Christophe Decarnin prefers to call it)  that we could not go without making a big fuss out of is without a doubt Balmain HommeKeep Reading! ?

2. Denim Insider: Twelve Years of Frankie B. Jeans—In February, Frankie B. Jeans will mark its 12th year anniversary, and we thought it would be fitting to talk to Daniella Clarke, the founder who started out DIYing her own jeans as a teenager by ripping out the waistbands… Keep Reading! ?

3. Who Wears Short Shorts? Natalia Vodianova!—We’re obsessed with the eerie mood of this denim-hued ’70s/circus inspired editorial featuring Russian beauty Natalia Vodianova, shot by by Paolo RoversiKeep Reading! ?

4. AW 2011 Menswear Round Up Part 1—Color, colore, couleur!  From Milan to Paris, the Autumn-Winter 2011 Menswear shows were vibrant, bursting with color, both hot and muted, perhaps in an attempt by haute couture designers to break out of the usual winter black and grays… Keep Reading! ?

5. Nowhere Denim, Nowhere League—We’re obviously obsessed with anything reminiscent of 90s grunge, so it’s no wonder why  we love this editorial from the latest issue of Sportswear International. Shot by Jimmy Fontaine and styled by Karen Levill, this moody adventure sets these Dr. Marten-wearing young things in the middle of nowhere parading around in the apathy of their youth… Keep Reading! ?

6. Fergie in Black Orchid Ankle Buckle Skinny JeansFergie was spotted in Los Angeles wearing Black Orchid’s “Black Jewel Ankle Buckle” skinny jeans in Fog wash.  Joined by husband Josh Duhamel (we love the matching black leather jackets, love birds!)… Keep Reading! ?

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 30 2011 in Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up: Our Best Denim Posts of the Week

Missed out on anything this week? We make catching up easy with our round up of the most exciting blog posts we cooked up for you in the past seven days. You’re welcome!


1. Step Sharply! Christian Louboutin Spike Heels—In your journey towards increased bad-assery, you may have come across two materials that proved successful in most instances: spikes, and denim. While the two are usually only seen on the back of Rancid fan jackets in unison, a new era of chic has emerged, and it’s given these classic punk elements a new stage to dance on. Christian Louboutin has introduced the denim spike heel and denim spike loafer… Keep Reading! ?

2. Boy’s Games That Denim Plays—There are two things that will always be true: boys will be boys and denim will be always be our partner in crime. This playful editorial from new wave online magazine The Ones 2 Watch (which showcases the work of some the fashion industry’s up and coming talent from photographers to stylists) makes us want to get out of the city, head to the nearest forest, get rowdy and play rough… Keep Reading! ?

3. One Way or the Other: Reversible Jeans—In the age of shrinking urban closet space and increasing need for innovative looks on the street, this is a refreshing item to add to your arsenal. Bleulab has patented their reversible jeans, which remain functional in their standard fiber thickness (rather than layer two textiles, they are made of one piece of fabric woven to appear contrasting on two sides)… Keep Reading! ?

4. Sportmax Code S/S 2011—With the Holidays done and over with it’s on to the next matter of business: your Spring Summer wardrobe! And one collection you’ll definitely want to get your hands on is Sportmax Code if you want to be on trend. The young and hip label from the Max Mara Group captures the spirit of the seventies with modern high-rise wide leg jeans, double denim looks, and feminine yet bold prints… Keep Reading! ?

5. Sex Sells! Denim of Virtue Spring 2011 Lookbook—The Denim of Virtue spring 2011 lookbook has us literally aching for summer, with acid wash shorts (as short as they come), bleached out gradient jeans with zip side details, boyfriend-cut cargos, high-waisted skirts, and visions of all the lounging we’ll be doing once the winter weather breaks… Keep Reading! ?

6. Lohan is Back in BlackLindsay Lohan and her assistant Eleanore were spotted together this week in Beverly Hills. Lohan looking fit and happy, the actress wore Black Orchid’s High rise Jeggings in Newton wash with a plaid shirt and accessorized with a cashmere loop scarf and mixed metal chains… Keep Reading! ?

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 09 2011 in Denim Therapy

Weekly Round Up: Our Best Denim Posts of the Week

Missed out on anything this week? We make catching up easy with our round up of the most exciting blog posts we cooked up for you in the past seven days. You’re welcome!


1. Denim Heats Up On The Beach: Forum S/S 2011—As the holidays fly by us, it’s about this time when we start day dreaming of the warmer weather that Spring and Summer brings. And though in fashion time we’re already technically heading into pre-Fall, we’re pretty sure you’re ready to throw on your denim shorts… Keep Reading! ?

2. Denim & Metallics for New Year’s Eve Outfits that Shine—As Balmain reminded us repeatedly over the past year, metallics and denim are a match made in heaven. Whether it’s sparkles, studs, or a sleek panel of metallic mesh, this accent can turn a basic denim garment into something extremely festive (or totally badass). This New Year’s Eve, it’s time to toss the frou-frou cocktail dress and let the room know you’re there to party!… Keep Reading! ?

3. Siri Toller?d Gets All Dirty in Head to Toe Denim—We’re really amused by this playful series shot by Andreas Sjodin of Norwegian model Siri Toller?d, face contorted into quizzical stares, bike tire and wrench at hand. With knees cut and dirt smudged all over her worse-for-wear denim outfits, she’s a refreshing departure from ultra-glam denim editorials (though you know we love those too!)… Keep Reading! ?

4. Working The Work Shirt—Without a doubt the denim look has been at the forefront of the fashion world for the last couple of seasons, and, from the looks of it all, it isn’t going to stop any time soon. Jeans have definitely made their mark, and have proven to be a fashion staple, and we love it, but now it’s time to switch it up a bit and move the focus upward. Get ready for the invasion of the denim and chambray shirtKeep Reading! ?

5. Anything But Bassike—As we love to say, there are times when more is definitely more but for the most part we like to keep plain and simple, which is probably why we love Bassike (pronounced basic) so much.  Always presenting us with the perfect wardrobe staples from asymmetrical-bias cut tees to beautifully aged denim, one thing we definitely never are when it comes to the Sydney-based brand is underwhelmed… Keep Reading! ?

6. Black Orchid Denim: An Exclusive InterviewJulien Jarmoune has taken his life-long passion and talent to new heights.  After extensive research of the saturated denim industry, he realized there was something missing in the market: a basic well-designed jean.  Through combining his knowledge and sheer determination, Black Orchid was born as a classic line appealing to women of all agesKeep Reading! ?

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 02 2011 in Denim Therapy
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