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Septum Rings for Afropunk London

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‘.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Kalifa (real version) £29 | Malika (fake version) £15 ~ Shop now

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Sadiki (real version) £29 ~ Shop Now

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Bibi (real version) £49 | Ashanti (fake version) £15 ~ Shop Now

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!

 

Shop our full range of septum rings: www.elishafrancis.com 

Read the full article by Matilda Egere-Cooper for TimeOut magazine

Visit Afropunk website for full details on the event

 

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Behind the scenes: VICTORY Jewellery Shoot

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

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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.

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Models From left to right: Jay, Yaourou, Nicole and Nicquel

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Creative team
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

Bomani Woman: Behind the Scenes

Last Sunday I headed down to Workrate Studio in Bethnal Green to shoot the Bomani Woman faux septum ring collection.

Anyone who has organised a photoshoot knows that putting together the right team is both challenging and essential but I can honest say that I managed to put together a dream team. Model Areej and hair stylist Brenda are both friends of mine and the rest of the gang I found on Model Mayhem. Each one of the team injected their talent and skills into the shoot from start to finish and it was such an amazing process to be apart of.

Meet the creative team:

Photographers: Allure Photography (Chris and Tanu)
Make-up Artist: Sarah Elizabeth Nobel
Hair Stylist: Brenda Ford
Models: Areej, Donja and Estelle
Stylist: Elisha Francis
Wardrobe: Beverley Heels Vintage
Jewellery: Elisha Francis London

The concept for the shoot was Modern Princess Warrior for which I put together a few mood boards to share my ideas to the team prior to the shoot.

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I had planned three looks for each model; natural goddess, modern tribal queen and glamorous vintage vixen. 

Sarah and Brenda worked their magic on the models, whilst Chris and Tanu prepared the set and I coordinated the wardrobe and accessories.

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The set at Workrate Studio Bethnal Green
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Hair Stylist Brenda gets to work on model Donja
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Make-up artist Sarah Elizabeth works her magic on model Areej
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Bomani Woman Wardrobe: Selected from Elisha Francis London & Beverley Heels Vintage 

Each model took their turn in front of the camera and lucky for us we had two photographers capturing every moment. The models moved with ease and grace, embodying the Goddess, Tribal Queen and Vintage Vixen capturing every side of the Bomani Woman.

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Model Estelle on set at the Bomani Woman shoot
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Model Donja on set with Chris & Tanu at the Bomani Woman shoot
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Models Donja & Estelle wearing jewellery from the Bomani & Bomani Woman collection
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Model Areej on set at the Bomani Woman shoot

The Bomani Woman faux septum collection consists of 3 styles; Ashanti, Kalani and Malika  priced at £15 each and can be purchased via the website: www.elishafrancis.com

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MALIKA | Bomani Woman | Faux Septum Ring
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KALANI | Bomani Woman | Faux Septum Ring | £15
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ASHANTI | Bomani Woman | Faux Septum Ring | £15

We had so much fun on set, everyone gelled nicely and bought their A game to the shoot, I couldn’t have asked for more!  When you have a vision in your head and you see it come to life before your eyes it is truly remarkable.

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Thank you so much to, Chris, Tanu, Sarah, Brenda, Donja, Estelle and Areej for your time, effort and fabulousness you are all sensational and it was such a pleasure working with you all. Can’t wait to see the final images and share them with you all, so check back soon!

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