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Fabric1: Wool blend (scottish tartan)
Details: Patent black cowry shells on shoulder. Concealed zipper panel. Leather piping all round.
She finds the matches and heads for the window where she can smoke without triggering the new hyper-sensitive smoke alarm that her landlord had recently installed. He probably suspected by now that she was no longer the non-smoking tenant he had advertised for. She pulls back the #blinds and immediately sees the irregular pulsating imprint of the wind's violent thrust against the mesh screen. It presses so hard on the large window panes that she can hear the sound of the glass wincing under pressure as if it is about to burst. Coming from outside, she can hear the muffled whoosh of what sounds like a giant fanning himself with a massive vinyl record. The surreal sounds send a shudder down her spine. She cannot bring herself to face the cold yet and decides to postpone her smoke until she's outside. 3 / 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