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Exclusive: Ade Bakare Debuts Colourful Ankara Range Collection



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Inspired by an old photo of his mum in the 1950s Lagos, leading Nigerian couturier/designer – Ade Bakare, attempts to pay homage to Lagos’ 50s style, which was largely characterized by elegant A-line dresses in Christian Dior inspired bar length cuts. A total turn-around from the designers often unmistakable romance with silk crepe and gazar (which were still hinted minutely in this collection) with understated and demure aesthetic that we’ve come to know him with. Ade Bakare takes a refreshing risk with colourful print Ankara fabrics which ultimately brought an often rare vitality and youngness to his design.

For what it is worth though, we are indeed mesmerized by the designer’s ability to infuse classic A-line silhouettes, wraps and his signature belle sleeves and neck sash into this eye popping array of pieces, specially for today’s woman.












  1. Noms

    February 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    these pieces coming from someone already established in the fashion industry…….hmmmmmm.
    No comment.
    Anyways, my darlyn BN(lol), when I am ready to showcase my designs, please feature them,hope I won’t have to make any payments ooo

  2. debbie

    February 9, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Nice, I expected ‘more’… but what do I know?


    February 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    @Noms, I’ve been wondering about the criterion for features too.
    Dear BN, please let’s know if one has to pay or you just publish for the viewing pleasure of fashion & style lovers.
    My sister did a denim collection for 2016 and her prices are really neat,nice and reasonably affordable. Please I would like to know if we can send pictures from the collection in and we intend to make the price known with the publication. Thanks.

  4. Bleed Blue

    February 9, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    absolutely love these, however, sadly I am not his target market.

    I say this because as far back as when I was in Uni, I saw a skirt I liked in a magazine and the price tag was N700,000.
    Nope, I’m not the target market for sure but I can’t deny that his work is always well executed.

    • funmi

      February 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      700k ke…… loool

    • Bleed Blue

      February 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      LOL. My BN’ers getting all like “Adonbilivit”…

      It was N700,000 as in SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND NAIRA.

      Trust me I thought I was seeing double and I stared at the magazine for a bit. And the price stared back at me. How I for do?

  5. Shuo

    February 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    700K!!!!!! Abeg who die???????

  6. Harikson

    February 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    N700,000 or N70,000.00 @ Bleed Blue

  7. Ms jazz

    February 9, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    This Ade Bakare is over over rated puleaseee!

  8. Tee

    February 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    It can’t be 700,000 haba!wat kind of skirt was it?
    Maybe u didn’t see well.Probably 70,000?
    Wat magazine was it?

  9. bleep

    February 10, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Not Fair,Not Nice,Not True!!!

    It beggars belief how people can just sit somewhere make up stories that aren’t true. Then people comment without making their findings too!!!

    ADEBAKARE isn’t overrated ,not at all!. Decades upon decades of experience he has garnered,an expert couturier I must add,of course some of us don’t appreciate or understand this,but instead of researching on this ADEBAKARE, individuals sit back and blab nonsense.

    This particular collection, Bakare Breeze starts from N20k!! He created this line just to embrace the everyday people in Nigeria of which he is, as well. Of course he definitely has high end collection or pieces,pieces that takes months to put together,individual stoning,tubing, framing and beading he does on those particular pieces of course CANNOT cost N20k,or should they? We want luxury for buka pricing,typical nigerian, please go have a seat and read a book or something. Not Fair,Not Nice! Plus such bespoke clothing aren’t such to wear at uni darling,but here is the thing again, People need to identify outfits suitable for places they go to,I wouldn’t expected a student in uni seen having on a heavily beaded skirt for lectures,maybe they do,what do I know!

    Transparency is key, go visit the “ADEBAKARE” himself at his boutique to see.for yourself the craft he.puts into each outfit,to have a clearer understanding of things to be informed about. Plus don’t forget to book an appointment if you want any higher end outfit to have made,surely he could have booking slots available for you. Set below his the boutique’s address for the store in lagos, for the London store,just go to soho or Google the address and more info on this “overrated” couturier would show forth,start from the princes trust info.

    Sandiland Arcade, 230, Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

    FINALLY YES! I’m an avid follower of all Adebake couture, always a very happy so happy and content client for years now. X


    February 10, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Some are very nice, 3, 5 and the second to the last are my favorites.

  11. Nne Umu Boys!

    February 10, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    7 whole paragraphs because someone said something she saw in a magazine?! Ori kwa egwu daa!

  12. mobewa

    February 13, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    and its possible she saw 700k… its too much no matter the kind of tubing, framing or whatever you want to say he did. 700k for a skirt whether or not she’s in uni. Anyway, me i saw pants of 300k, simple yellow lace pants, and i was like ???

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