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South Sudanese Model Aluad Deng Anei Stars In Chinedesign's Winter Lookbook

South Sudanese model Aluad Deng Anei stars in the Toronto-shot lookbook for Canada-based label Chinedesign's winter/fall capsule collection.

Chinedesign is the Toronto-based brainchild of UK-born Nigeria/Dubai/Canada-raised creative Chinedu Ukabam. The label, which began in 2003 as a small line of tees to promote Ukabam's (who started out as an emcee/producer) upcoming release, has since expanded to include full seasonal collections. For their winter/fall capsule, the label set out to conquer Canada's harsh climate with a bold update on traditional outerwear. The collection, titled The Braving Ritual, features a mix of leather and wax print with Scottish tartan wool and indigo-dyed bogolan fabrics from Mali, with shapes inspired by everything from 60s shift dresses to victorian military tailcoats. For its lookbook, Ukabam (as creative director) teamed with Toronto-based street style photographer Adeyemi Adegbasan (aka SoTeeOh) and South Sudanese model Aluad Deng Anei to tell the story of a woman and the collection of coats she wears. Shot in and around Toronto, the series plays with symmetry and juxtaposition against a hazy-skied urban backdrop. "I wrote a short story about a young African woman trying to survive this brutal Canadian winter in style and I created a collection of winter outerwear around it. Doing away with the cliche of boring black coats," Ukabam told us in an email. Read the full short story below:


"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."

Find out more on The Braving Ritual winter/fall capsule collection via Chinedesign, and keep up with the label on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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