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    Season Two Collection Fashion/Video Shoot

    Season Two Collection Fashion/Video Shoot

    Last weekend I had the pleasure of working alongside a super collaborative team, putting together a shoot for the emerging clothing brand, Blaque Falcon. Although, on this occasion I wasn’t the Stylist, I was the ‘Fashion Journalist’. This role meant I got to take backstage photographs and do a general write up of the day… yes, it was right up my street!

     

    The opportunity came about simply through social networking. Founder, Ikenna Nwimo, got in touch with me via my website (http://www.christellebaxter.com), which is linked into my Instagram bio. My site is mainly focused on showcasing my fashion styling portfolio, with a blog alongside. By “blog” I just mean me chatting away in a diary style, pretending the entire Internet can’t see it! I am one who writes and photographs as a hobby, just to let ideas and thoughts out. Therefore, it is not something I do regularly, nor do I think highly of my posts/ promote them. However, to have my blogging recognised and referred to as “talent” by Ikenna, came as a really pleasant surprise.

    Blaque Falcon as a brand is really strong. I’ve used the word “strong” because there is so much meaning and drive behind it, from past to present, unlike any brand I’m aware of.

     

    The shoot was presenting Season 2 clothing, a huge and exciting leap forward for the brand. There is really distinctive growth from Season 1, with movement from Women’s T-shirts and tops into crop tops, Mens sweats and T-shirts into polos and shirts (all being unisex by the way). Oh and, outerwear is out! Bombers of three colours, chinos, you name it. Blaque Falcon has got it!

    I think the unisex factor makes the brand extremely unique, also experimenting with both smart and casual…why not? It’s reaching out to a seriously wide audience through these smart decisions and I’m ready to watch the brand completely take off.

     

     

    To ensure the Season 2 line was promoting it’s hype and new intentions to the target audience, both a photoshoot and fashion film was put together for this one day.
    Below we have the team, which can I add was extremely enthusiastic:
     
    Ikenna Nwimo:
     
    Blaque Falcon founder & Model
     
    Jason Bent:
     
    Founder of Simply Xclusive Entertainment & SheSoSXE Model Agency
    Director of shoot
     
    Adrianne Derizzio- Palmer:
     
    SXE Photographer
     
    Jennifer Augusto:
     
    Stylist
     
    Cess, Deisy Andriesse, Marie- Louise
     
    Models (SheSoSXE agency)
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    Sallie Jayne
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    W Model Management
     
    Myself:
     
    Fashion Journalist

    Something that really stood out to me and was pretty special from the entire day was how fun each team member was. Everybody wanted to be there, everyone was genuinely enjoying him or herself and was fully engaged.

    Being a Stylist, I have attended many shoots and don’t get me wrong; they have all been successful for different reasons. However, the unique element of this shoot was the fact that everyone was happy to be helping each other, positive, energetic and incredibly organised overall. For example, it was great to see each model really confidently wearing their Blaque Falcon outfits, something that will definitely be reflected in the outcomes. It’s teams like this that provide the best support for each other.

     

    The location for this shoot was ideal. It’s always good to know plenty of studios from my perspective. We shot in Brixton, in an open, perfect sized studio that was incredibly well equipped and well kept. Pretty much everything needed was provided, allowing the day to continue running smooth.

    Sadly I could not attend the fashion film part of the day, which was carried out in the nearby park. However, the way the day was running, I have no doubt the atmosphere continued to be incredibly lively. I cannot wait to see all he outcomes, especially after seeing it all put together. I hope if you’re reading this that you’re just as excited!

    Please continue to scroll for more behind the scenes photos…

     

     

     

     

     

    Goodbye 2017!

    Goodbye 2017!

    Falconites and Falconettes, what a year 2017 has been introducing Blaque Falcon to the world! Those of you that have been with us from the beginning understand that the brand’s original and current conception was based on the premise of questioning the apparent reality around us and introducing a new form of thinking. As some of you know, there is a new paradigm shift that is very much on its way to the most efficient method and for us to get through this, is to continue the process of questioning the apparent. This would of course require a sense of boldness and audacity, but that is what makes you part of the family – hence the inception of the hashtags #NewRules and #JoinTheFamily.

    When we begin to deconstruct the apparent and reconstruct our own realities, we can then apply our own rules to the internal kingdom that we maintain. So when you purchase a T-Shirt, Hoodie, Sweatshirt or Jogging Bottom or even buy and read a copy of DRAX from Blaque Falcon, you have just initiated yourself to Falcon-ite/ette status. This means that you have completed forgotten about the self-limiting fabric that’s holding you back and confirmed to yourself that you’re ready for a whole new adventure. This takes us to our slogan, #BlaqueistheNewBlack.

    When we start expanding our vocabulary in our journeys we are now free to start re-wording some of the words that were taught to us at a young age. The term ‘Blaque’ for example, doesn’t necessarily mean the colour black, it was re-spelt as a method to force the seeker to immediately think in an alternative fashion – and the best part about it is, this is where it gets fun, for anyone can partake in reworking our descriptions of our present reality!

    2017 was a successful but educational year. While our first year in business was a profitable one, plenty of lessons were learnt too, who knows what awaits us for 2018…

    Ikenna Nwimo

    Founder

    Bryanda Notes meets Blaque Falcon

    Bryanda Notes meets Blaque Falcon

    During the middle of October 2017, Blaque Falcon held its very first Pop-Up store in Walthamstow, East London. The shop itself had many guests, (check out the YouTube video here) but not many more established than the lovely Bryanda Notes.

    The relationship began from some simple social media networking. When she expressed the idea of having shots done of her visit in the city of London for her Bryanda Notes platform, I knew just the photographer who would be available to get the job done.

    Iyanka Cooray (Framed Fantasies) immediately came to mind due to my previous experience with him on previous shoots. We both had worked together while I was working on my Luciano’s World blog, a few years back and I thought he captured the London surroundings around me rather elegantly. I believed this would be perfect for a new guest to the city, so I made the initial contact with him to get this done.

    Bryanda flew in from her hometown of Virginia, U.S.A to give us Londoners a visit to meet with myself and the Blaque Falcon brand first-hand, but primarily to provide project support for the Dr. Boyce Watkins Economic Empowerment event that took place in North London. The event itself was an extreme success for Blaque Falcon, as this was an ample opportunity to market and also network with those in the conscious ‘Blaque’ community. An occasion that was well worth the time and effort!

    To add to this, the shoot itself was an enormous success, with Bryanda certainly flaunting her stuff and looked effortlessly comfortable (all pink) infront of Iyanka’s camera. This all followed by a trip to the Blaque Falcon Pop-Up store, in which Bryanda gave an interview to myself regarding Blaque Falcon’s Season One Clothing Line and my debut Novel DRAX.

    We are all very grateful for Bryanda and her team’s effort in coming down to the U.K. and we certainly look forward to seeing them all in the very near future!

    You can find more on Bryanda and her platform here

    You can also find more on Iyanka Cooray’s photography here 

    Hoe Street Walthamstow Pop-Up Store

    Blaque Falcon Pop-Up

    Yet another great day of forward progress for Blaque Falcon, as we launched our temporary first-ever Pop-Up Store in Hoe Street Central, Walthamstow.

    The store was of course headed by my perennial start-up Clothing and Publishing brand, but was also complimented with other independent brands such as, Bold Stitch Handmade; a bespoke fashion brand of African attire, all handmade and printed for Men, Women and Children. Myself, Olivia Cookson (IG: @oliviacookson_) star of the Blaque Falcon Season One shoot and her sister Lucy Cookson (IG: @lucycooksonuno) even managed to model some of the garments for the fashion line as well, so be on the lookout for those shots.

    This was all complimented by the ‘Europe from Space’ range of artwork by ink and bleach graphic artist, Laura Melissa Williams. Specifically for the occasion she managed to produce a ‘Falcon Moon’ piece, showing the Blaque Falcon flying around the midnight moon. Aesthetically pleasing to say the least!

    The vastly growing bakery and catering service, Cake Bar catered for the whole Pop-Up, which proved to be the icing on the cake of the occasion (pun intended). Guests were served with a prestigious array of finger foods and other assortments but were graced with a Blaque Falcon branded cake.

    The main intention of occupying the whole space, was yet another chance to grow the brand and promote the quality of my first line of Clothing and the release of my debut novel Drax. I also received a whole new set of ideas for new Children line, so watch this space…

    A massive thank you to all those who attended, onwards and upwards!

    Launch Lunch

    Launch Lunch

    On August 12th 2017, Blaque Falcon decided to throw a launch party to commemorate the publication of Drax and the release of the Season One Fashion Collection. This was held in another start-up Fashion Boutique, Natural Law, who were kind and thoughtful enough to allow us to use their backyard terrace area for the event. It was a laid-back gathering, which was the initial intention of the event itself. Up and coming DJ Karlos Onwere (K.O) provided the musical entertainment and the whole afternoon was complimented by an assortment of drinks and good homemade food organised and prepared by yours truly and the lovely Vanessa John-Baptiste, who also happens to be one of the stars of the look book.

    You can check the video of the event here