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Fabric 1: Cotton (#indigo dyed cloth)
Fabric 2: Cotton (vlisco #waxprint)
Details: Concealed button panel
She sits on the lone dining chair in her apartment studio - phone in one hand - absentmindedly scrolling through pictures of perfect strangers. With her free hand she reaches into the slouch tote bag hanging on the side of the chair and starts feeling around inside it for some winter morning motivation. She shifts her weight slightly, shoves her right hand deeper into the bag so that it reaches past her elbow and searches reflexively without looking up from the stream of pictures on the phone's screen. As her fingers trace the familiar contours of the rectangular box, her posture #relaxes and she sighs audibly. She pulls out one cigarette from the packet, puts the phone down on the crowded table and heads to the kitchenette to look for one of her hotel-branded matches in the drawer with the take out menus and coupons. 1/7
TheBravingRitual is a fall/winter capsule collection by Chinedesign. It takes its inspiration from the warrior spirit it often requires to face and conquer the sometimes harsh winters of the Great White North. Mixing leather and wax print with Scottish tartan wool and indigo-dyed bogolan fabrics from Mali, the collection is a bold update in the stagnant world of outerwear. Unusual embellishments come in the form of Chinedesign’s one-of-a-kind patent-black cowry shells as well as metal work appliqué. The inspiration behind the shapes run the gamut from 60s shift dresses to victorian military tailcoats. The Braving Ritual extrapolates on ideas initially explored in Chinedesign’s first avant-garde show, Masquerade(2013). One such idea is the “infinity” concept which allows you to change the color blocking and shape of one garment create different iterations simply by manipulating a few vertical strips of fabric.
Chinedesign enlisted the talents of renown Toronto street photographer Adeyemi Adegbasan (better known as soteeoh) and South Sudanese model Aluad Deng Anei to create a unique lookbook. Under the creative direction of the label's head designer Chinedu Ukabam, who also penned a short story to act as the narrative accompaniment for the collection, the lookbook is shot in and around the Toronto area. Using intricate plays on symmetry and juxtaposition, subtle new patterns are created from the natural background while showcasing different views of the garment. It is a refreshing take on the capsule collection and lookbooks that merges the world of fiction and fashion. The story of the woman and the collection of coats she wears are intrinsically linked and inseparable