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Fabric 1: Wool blend (#scottish #tartan)
Alt. Fabric 1: #Melton wool
Fabric 2: Polyester lining
Details: Exposed zipper. #Patentblack #cowry shells on shoulder. Leather piping on arm hole and collar. ""Hidden" breast and front pockets. Raised horizontal panels.
The sharp whistle of the kettle cuts through her reverie. She heads back to the stove but first she makes a detour to put on some #motivational music. She sets her "#Music to live for!!!" playlist to shuffle, slides her #phone into the dock sitting on the table and dials up the volume as the bouncy bassline of a deep house instrumental resonates through the wooden table and down to the hardwood floors. The tenant downstairs used to tap his ceiling aggressively to signal his disapproval of the music or its volume. Sometimes she would stomp back in retaliation. This winter seems to have brought about an unspoken truce between them. His #threshold of tolerance for morning noise now hovered at around 15 minutes or 4 songs and she tried her best to respect it. She makes a cup of black instant coffee and takes a quick sip before heading into the washroom to apply her make-up. 5 / 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