Say hello to my beautiful cousin Eloise, my second stunning model from my BOMANI WOMAN™ photo shoot with my dear friend Simon Richardson. Inspired by the painting ‘Johannes Vermeer I wanted to put my own twist on it and create ‘Girl with the Silver Septum’. As this was the first photo shoot from the aspiring actress I must say I was very impressed with her poise, confidence and the results, well you can see for yourself…
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Shop our septum rings, bracelets and necklaces this weekend and take advantage of our Black Friday discounts!
Happy Shopping and tag us in your jewellery pics so we can see how fierce you look! @elishafrancis
This Saturday the 24th of September AFROPUNK makes it debut in London town at Alexandra Palace, the line up for the festival include SZA, Akala, the Noisettes, Laura Mvula as well as the legendary Grace Jones. Yesterday we were honoured and excited to be mentioned in a TimeOut article by Matilda Egere-Cooper ‘How to slay at Afropunk this weekend‘.
The Afropunk movement was inspired by a documentary written and directed by James Spooner in 2003 which highlighted Black Punks in America, two years later in 2005 the first Afropunk festival was held in Brooklyn and has become an annual event. This year the festival has already hit Europe via Paris and London is next to experience the live music, good vibes and eclectic fashion styles.
The style is afrocentric meets modern punk and everything weird and wonderful in-between, one of my favourite signature looks is the tribal face paint rocked by many fashionista’s at these events think FKA Twigs and you’ll be on the right track.
I also love the look of all the glorious natural fro’s, dreadlocks and braids that are celebrated in the most beautifully and elaborate styles, check out one of my new favourite style icons Ladene Clark who’s deadlocks and fashion sense eclipse the essence of the festival.
And of course you cannot complete the look without a septum ring, real or fake we want to hook you up with a special 25% online discount off our range using promo code ‘AFROPUNK‘ so you too can SLAY this weekend!
And if you are in London town you can also shop our range of septum rings via Parla who are located at Unit 21, Boxpark, Shoreditch, London, E1 6GY
So if you’re lucky enough to attend this weekend I hope that you look absolutely fierce and have the time of your life!
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Read the full article by Matilda Egere-Cooper for TimeOut magazine
Visit Afropunk website for full details on the event
This week see’s the release of Episode 2 of the ‘Who is she? Bomani Woman’ series and I am excited to introduce my gorgeous sister Nicquel Jackson.
She is a model and co-founder of The Curl People who celebrate self-love and diversity – Everything curly, coily and beautiful.
This 5’9″ beauty worked her magic on set for my new jewellery campaign featuring our Victory earrings. Make-up artist Sarah Elizabeth enhanced Nicquel’s stunning look with natural make-up to ensure her beautiful freckles and glowing skin shown through. It was a proud moment to see my little sister bring to life the fierceness of a Bomani Woman™.
Enjoy watching the second video of the series and don’t forget to hit that Like button and leave a comment as I would love to hear what you think:
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Jewellery: Elisha Francis London
Model: Nicquel Jackson
Photography: Christopher Shields & Tanu Nejagal
Make-up Artist: Sarah Elizabeth
Cameraman/Assistant: Martina Weekes
Wardrobe: Beverley Heels Vintage
Last Sunday I headed down to Bethnal Green to shoot my new Victory earrings and Bomani masks at Work Rate Studio. I have been prepping the concept for months and was thrilled to be working with make up artist Sarah Elizabeth and photographers Chris and Tanu again.
I love putting shoots together it helps me create a story behind the jewellery which really brings it to life, let me walk you through my process…
Step 1: Moodboard created via Pinterest
Once I have the concept created in my head I use Pinterest to put together some images that communicates my ideas in terms of style, colours and lighting so that I can send the moodboard to the photographers, make-up artist and models so that we’re all on the same page when it come to shoot day
Step 2: Casting the models
The next step is finding the perfect models! For this shoot I wanted to used 3 female models and 1 male model who had an edgy look so first I called upon my beautiful sister Nicquel who has modeled for me in the past and has amazing freckles, a gorgeous face and is absolutely fierce in front of the camera. Next I headed over to Model Mayhem and put out a casting call for models and this is were I found Jay Zalewski, Nicole Rachel and Yaourou Kante Lehrmann. Each of them had a unique look that I thought would work really well with the jewellery.
Step 3: Confirm the studio
Securing a date that works with 9 people is often tricky but luckily everything fell into place with this shoot and a date was set that worked with the whole team. I wanted to use Work Rate Studios in Bethnal Green to do the photo shoot as I have had a great experience shooting there in the past, the location is easy to get to and the facilities are superb.
Step 4: Shoot day
The day of the shoot I woke up early excited for the day ahead, my bags were packed from the night before with jewellery, wardrobe and hair styling equipment.
I arrived at the studio at 10am and set up the wardrobe and jewels for the day, first to arrive was the lovely make-up artist Sarah with her case of make up, followed by the models and then the photographers Chris and Tanu along with Neelansh, Tanu’s brother and assistant for the day and last but not least the lovely Martina came along to assist me on set.
The team were all on set and ready for a great day of shooting, I had three looks prepared for the models, Natural Nudes, Monochrome Classics and Gangster Chic.
The models worked their magic in front of the camera and the atmosphere in the studio was electric!
Take a look at some of the behind the scenes footage captured on the day…
Come back soon to see the final edits of the gorgeous images!
Jewellery: Elisha Francis London
Photographer’s: Chris and Tanu
Photographer’s assistant: Neelansh
Make-up artist: Sarah Elizabeth
Models: Jay Zalewski, Nicole Rachel, Nicquel Jackson and Yaourou Konaté Lehrmann
Assistant: Martina Weekes
Location: Work Rate Studio
Last Thursday was the launch of my King & Queen collection hosted by Fresh Laces at Boxpark Shoreditch. It was a great night amongst great people and positive vibes.
THANK YOU to every King & Queen that came down to make it a night to remember and celebrate the launch of the new collection. I would especially like to thank Emma the founder of DirtyMouth cupcakes for sponsoring the night with her beautiful bespoke signature treats.
The collection is available to buy online and is also exclusively stocked at Fresh Laces Unit 17 Boxpark Shoreditch E1 6GY.
Catch some of the highlights here:
Shop the collection:
QUEEN SWEATSHIRT | £35 | Available via Fresh Laces Boxpark Shoreditch
QUEEN MONEY CLIP | £30 | Shop online | Available via Fresh Laces Boxpark Shoreditch
QUEEN | SNAPBACK | £30 | Shop online | Available via Fresh Laces Boxpark Shoreditch
ASHANTI SEPTUM | £15 | Shop online | Available via Fresh Laces Boxpark Shoreditch
KING NECKLACE | £65 | SOLD OUT ~ Available from 14.12.15
KING MONEY CLIP | £30 | Shop online | Available via Fresh Laces Boxpark Shoreditch
KING | SNAPBACK | £30 | Shop online | Available via Fresh Laces Boxpark Shoreditch
KING BRACELET | £45 | Shop online | Available via Fresh Laces Boxpark Shoreditch
A few months ago I met the fabulous blogger/vlogger/fashionista Vintageena via Instagram and for the last few months she has been seen rocking our #BomaniWoman ASHANTI & KALANI Faux Septum Rings in her style post. The Bomani Woman collection is about being yourself and expressing your own style so we were so excited to interview Vintageena as she is the epitome of versatility, originality and glamour and we wanted to get to know a bit more about this stylish woman…
You have such amazing style and are a true fashion chameleon, where do you get your style inspiration from?
Sincerely, I’m not a trend seeker. If I like a skirt or a sweater, or some fabric or the way the dress is made, I simply like it. After I have that piece in my wardrobe, the fun begins. I put all my creativity to do something with that item. I try not to put limits or boundaries when it comes to fashion, that’s why my style is so chameleonic, because I love to take risks and play with clothes. And I looove to learn new things, to combine different items, patterns, fabrics. Of course Instagram is my inspiration and every time I feel like I have to charge myself, my news feed will take care of my fashionista soul.
As a designer I try and design jewellery that empowers the wearer. What person, object or fashion piece makes you feel empowered and why.
The person who empowers me is my love aka my boyfriend, Alex, who’s giving me power and share with me his amazing energy. He’s very creative and since I’ve met him, I’m the way you see me on my social platforms, happy, creative, enjoying my life and makin my dreams come tru with my blog.
Who are your hero’s dead or alive and why?
Hmmm…you surprised me with this question because I was thinking and I don’t know what to answer. I don’t have a hero or something like this, I guess I’m my own hero. Everyday, I do things to know myself better, I push myself to work harder, to be more creative and to develop my potential even more. Because we are more than we think we are. And in those moments when you feel like giving up, those are the moments who really matter in this life, because thank of them, we become the persons we want to become.
You create stunning visuals and videos, how did you learn all the technique and what advice would you give to other inspiring bloggers/vloggers/fashionistas?
Thanks :). I learnt back in the days when I was working on television. I used to take interviews to fashion designers in Romania and after that, I had to edit those videos. I didn’t edit by myself, I had an editor who made all the things that I said to him. And watching him editing, I learnt the editing software. After that, it’s all about practice and having an artistic eye. I like sooo much to edit on the beat and I’m lucky to have a talented boy, Alex, who learnt so many tricks while he was filming me, so when I have to edit the video, it’s very easy because I have plenty of materials to play with :). If someone begins this job, first of all they have to be passionate to do this. After, you need a strong computer with a minmium 4GB RAM and an editing software. With an internet connection, you can have access on all of youtube tutorials where you can learn the basics. After that, the artistic eye will do the rest.
What can we expect to see from Vintageena in the next few months?
I’m planing with my team, aka my boyfriend and Lyky, the graphic designer who made my awesome blog, to change a lil bit the interface of my blog. I need a change. Something pretty simple, classy but sassy. I’m thinking of a logo because I don’t have one and I think I need one symbol in my life, something with the V shape of course. And a lot of new and crazy collabs + tons of videos cuz I’m so much into this.
Do you have a favourite quote or poem that makes you feel motivated and empowered?
“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” Dalai Lama
I would invite Elliphant, Diplo and MSMR. They seem really nice people.
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Bejewelled Sneakers by Elisha Francis London
This June see’s the release of the amazing ‘Swarovski Sneaker Collection’ by London jewellery designer Elisha Francis. Each design is made to order and customised by hand using thousands of genuine Swarovski crystals. These bejewelled sneakers will add a touch of glamour to every girls summer outfit, dazzling the beholder as she steps out in a pair of these gems.
Inspired by the Swarovski Adidas worn by Pharrell Williams last year, this collection has fused two of the designers great passions for jewellery and sneakers.
The collection can be found online and feature three classic Nike silhouettes: Air Force 1 Mids, Air Force 1 Low and Sky Hi Dunks.