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Fabric 1: Wool blend (scottish tartan)
Fabric 2: 1: Melton wool
Fabric 3: Polyester insulation
Details: Exposed zipper.#Patentblack #cowry shells on shoulder. Invisible seam pockets. The free hanging vertical strips can be manipulated to create different lengths and shapes, wrapped around the neck as a scarf or around the waist as a sash.
Fully dressed and still swaying to the music, she stands in front of the closet adjacent to the door and contemplates which coat to wear. She briefly visualizes the world yawning to life outside her door - the somber procession of strangers, enshrouded in the color of #mourning, uniformly cheerless and barely distinguishable. In many ways winter is the great homogenizer. As she thumbs through her treasured collection of bold #tartans and indigo-dyed bogolans, she relishes her little act of colorful resistance. NO MORE BLACK COATS! She makes her selection and centers herself in the mirrored sliding door of the closet. With the deliberate pacing of a knight donning his armor before battle, she buttons, fastens and zips up her outfit. Next, she winds and tucks a long piece of fabric around her head and over her ears until it frames her face in a beautifully #stoic #oval. One last look in the mirror and she's finally ready to #brave the world outside. She grabs the bag from the chair, yanks the phone off the dock and locks the door behind her. With one sharp breath she inhales the crisp frosty air and exhales a single word prayer, "God!" 7 / 7
The Braving Ritual 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