Interview: The Creative Director behind women's wear fashion label VICNATE talks exclusively with The Style Hive about his 2020 fall collection, his inspirations, and more




If there is anything worth celebrating in the Nigerian Fashion Industry today, it should be the fact that new generation designers are gradually getting recognized and given the necessary attention to their overall creative scale.

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With this comes the propensity of fashion enthusiasts to acknowledge good work, especially if it is jawdropping and avant-garde, and one can duly tell from the aesthetics and design architecture of the VICNATE fall collection, that there is more to fashion designing than just fabrics, sketching, and stitching.

"…it gives me joy, it is something that takes my mind and me out of the world" - says Adewale Anate.

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Adewale Anate, creative head of the Vicnate Fashion brand, is in the business of promoting female independence, confidence, and empowerment through every collection he creates.

And so We caught up with him to talk about the 2020 fall collection and his inspirations behind it, fashion in general, and more.

Tell us about you, the birth and origination of your brand, and your inspirations as a fashion designer.

I am Wale Anate, and I am from Nigeria. I have always loved fashion as a kid, so at some point, I went to fashion school to learn the basics in garment making, and I thought it was time I start a brand, so I did it some years back. I am inspired by women mostly. Women and nature, but mostly women cause growing up I had lots of sisters, aunties, and my mother, they are always around the house, so I watched them a lot and spent most of my childhood with them. So yeah, I am inspired by women. I design for women to make them powerful and strong.

What is the favorite part of being a fashion designer, and why did you choose fashion designing as a career?

The favorite part most times is when you see the final piece or the first fitting. Every single part is lots of work, so when you finally see your sketch or your imagination, your creation coming to life either on your first fitting or during the show, it is beautiful. One of the most beautiful things, although most designers wouldn’t always agree that they get excited about this part is when it is accepted by the press, magazines, and everybody, yeah that’s exciting. You know that you’re hardworking and people want to be a part of your dream and your imagination, it’s really beautiful. I’ll say that’s my favorite part.

To me, fashion is a very big part of my life cause it gives me joy, it is something that takes my mind and me out of the world, and it is really beautiful. It makes me want to do my best, and fashion as a whole just makes me go crazy most times. And I’ve always known that I want to be a fashion designer for a very long time now since I was five. So, I will say fashion is my happy place, that’s why I chose it as a career.



As a fashion designer and as someone who loves fashion, what do you think about work ethics, and what kind of ethics do you believe in?

I think good work ethics is important because as a fashion designer you need lots of discipline and patience through-out the process of making a garment, designing the fittings, and everything. So I feel good to work ethics are really important in this career.

Tell us about your latest collection ‘EXORDIUM’

EXORDIUM is a word used in place of beginning or a starting point back to like the 14th- 15th century. I used it as a new era for my brand cause every single piece in the collection represents every woman in my life from my mum to my aunties to my sisters and my female friends, and actually, it is a beginning point for me cause I want to continue the brand with those pieces.  Each piece in the collection is a keynote to the brand, so in more seasons to come, you'll see an upgraded version of each of these pieces, collection after collection. It’s basically about celebrating all the women in my life. They are so strong, and their strength is inspiring.

The designs for your latest collection are undeniably good. What exactly inspired you to create these designs?

I would say all my collections are inspired by the women around me, how powerful and strong they are, and how beautiful they want to look. I’m mostly inspired by my mum. My mum is fashionable to an extent and most of the pieces are things she would wear, maybe I just made them a little bit younger for younger women. So, it’s inspired by my mum, my sisters and my female friends once again. I always love to play with natural colors, that's why you see so many loud colors in the collection.



How impressed are you about the EXORDIUM collection?

It is surprising. The love I got was overwhelming. As I said earlier, designers are excited and happy even if most people wouldn’t admit that but I will always say I get excited when I get love from critics and everybody when they access the collection. It’s really beautiful cause you 're to get so excited knowing that people have you in mind, and they want to share a part of your dream.

How would you describe the current Fashion Industry?

I think the fashion industry has changed a lot cause it is very diverse now. I can see more colored designers, unlike when I was younger growing up. We have people pushing the black lives matter and black people should be heard narratives like Pyer Moss and Telfar Clemens and many other black designers, and it’s really beautiful. And about black models on the runway, it’s really beautiful compared to the early 2000s where you see lots of white girls and just a single black girl. But now, it is growing. I mean, we have a black man as the Editor-in-chief of the British VOGUE, we have Edward Enninful there. So, it’s really beautiful to see all these things, and the industry would get better, and I know for sure that much younger and talented black creatives are going to have a strong voice sooner than we all think.



If you had the power to change anything in the fashion industry, what would that be?

The industry isn’t perfect, but at the same time I would still work on the diversity. As I said earlier, the industry is going to improve and get more diverse as we go on, but I think if I had the power to change anything in the industry, I’d hasten the diversity pace or race. I’ll just make sure that more black girls get shows, more black designers are given opportunities, and more black stylists are recommended and are spoken of as high-fashion stylists and we have more black people like editors and make-up artists because black people are talented and creative. So, I think we all deserve a chance in the fashion industry.

You can purchase any piece from the collection HERE




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Model@sabinabonita@90smodelmgmt
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Stylist@isiantlu.co
Make-up@beautybybold
Model@sabinabonita@90smodelmgmt
Purse and Shoe@zeriluxury

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Stylist@isiantlu.co
Styling Assistance: @theoluchiekeruchie
Make-up@beautybybold
Model@sabinabonita@90smodelmgmt
Purse and Shoe@zeriluxury

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Stylist@isiantlu.co
Make-up@beautybybold
Model@abiolasonaike_
Purse and Shoe@zeriluxury

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Stylist@isiantlu.co
Styling Assistance@theoluchiekeruchie
Make-up@beautybybold
Model@sabinabonita@90smodelmgmt
Purse and Shoe@zeriluxury

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