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On what would have been an otherwise relativity ordinary Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the 'Date with Denim' event, organised and hosted by Peel Fashion Store in Belfast. As soon as the invite landed in my inbox, I was keen to attend. A lover of jeans, I'm always interested in discovering new brands and seeing what they have to offer.
Before I headed over, of course like any fashion lover would, I looked up the brands that were due to be showcased. Citizens of Humanity, and Mother Denim weren’t new to me, but I’d never actually worn them. I'm a sucker for a good pair of jeans, but they've got to be right. High quality and a perfect fit are top of my list, in order for me to part ways with my hard earned cash.
Browsing the brands’ websites, for me, Citizens of Humanity stood out. The LA brand specialise in luxury denim, with the founder Jerome Dahan having more than 25 years experience in the denim industry. Citizens of Humanity offer a wide variety of cuts, colours and styles, and have a big celebrity following including the ultra classy Amal Clooney, who is often papped in her Premium Vintage Corey’s (doesn’t she just nail that easy yet stylish vibe?).
When I arrived the store was already buzzing. The crowd (mostly in jeans) were sipping fizz and eating popcorn (how cute), whilst browsing the gorgeous rails of the downstairs showroom. We then made our way upstairs to the fabulous loft space where the fashion show was taking place.
Owner Elaine Peel opened the show and explained there would be a raffle in aid of New Life Counselling charity, with the lucky winner taking home a pair of jeans. She then handed over to the gorgeous COH UK Account Manager Michelle McDonald, who was rocking the sexiest pair of boyfriend jeans I had ever seen, teamed with some fab killer shoe boots; she just oozed femininity (I want those jeans).
If you’re like the majority of women out there shopping for jeans is often a less-than pleasant experience. It’s hard to find ones that fit just right, and the process to get there can be frustrating, but Michele’s fascinating insight into the brand as well as her enlightening guide through the various shapes and styles (who knew there were sooooo many?), removed most of the guesswork.
This was followed by a fashion show, where we got to see the individual styles in person.
I was impressed with what Citizens of Humanity had to offer on the night. There was a great variety in styles, including the premium vintage collection, the sculpt collection, and a variety of cuts including: skinny leg, slim leg, straight, boot cut and boyfriend, as well as a petite range.
My favourite style was definitely the Rocket High Rise, which has been around for a few seasons already. A skinny jean that hugs the body from hip to ankle and elongates for a slim and sexy silhouette, they make you look taller and slimmer, and hide the dreaded muffin-top. You’ll definitely want to ask, “How does my butt look?” Perfect for a night out teamed with heels, or equally great for a weekend look when you're running from brunch to errands to early drinks with friends.
Citizens of Humanity also offer various rinses and colours, such as grey, black and white, as well as denim washes. It's safe to say the brand have jeans covered.
After the show, there was a stampede to the fitting rooms to try the jeans.
I'm definitely sold on Citizens of Humanity, but I just haven’t decided which pair’s for me – luckily Peel boasts knowledgeable and friendly staff that can provide one-on-one fittings or alterations, to make sure every pair fits like a dream. All jeans featured in this blog can be purchased @ Peel.
A very generous £480 was raised on the evening for the New Life Counselling (a charity close to my heart).
Peel Fashion Store
107 Bloomfield Avenue
Belfast BT5 5AB
TEL 02890 452665