Hannibal Laguna at MBFWMadrid
About Hannibal Laguna
Half Valencian, half Andalusian, he was born in Caracas. The man behind Hannibal Laguna grew up watching his parents at work on one of the 1970s most outstanding children’s fashion brands. At the age of 15, he moved to Europe and studied tailoring in Milan, specialising in volumetric construction and the technique of pattern making on mannequins.
In 1987, his first “Concorde” collection received the Air France award and he was selected by Paco Rabanne to represent Spain at the international “Europe in USA” show.
Hannibal Laguna, the firm, was formed in 1988, coinciding with the presentation of the first show at the legendary Colony Theater in Miami and an exhibition of his collection at the Miami Convention Center. Critical and media acclaim prompted the then small family business to move into global distribution and the opening of a new atelier for the brand. Soon afterwards, the firm began experimenting with creating exclusive designs for clients, and boutiques started ordering pieces from the private collections. This is when they decided to fuse prêt-à-porter with exclusive designs, thus creating the iconic couture collections.
During the 1990s, the brand discovered the magic of dressing brides and the firm's signature bodices became a milestone. It was one of the first firms to present a monographic bridal collection on the Gaudí catwalk.
In 2017, Hannibal Laguna celebrated its 30th anniversary and in 2019, the firm opened its new Boutique at 25 Zorrilla Street, in the centre of the Golden Mile of Art in Madrid.
It is a proponent of timeless beauty and elegance. The magical style of these signature designs comes to life in unmistakable feminine silhouettes and delicate strokes. These are the captivating hallmarks that define it as a favourite Spanish fashion firm and with significant international exposure.
The firm Hannibal Laguna celebrates 35 years in fashion with its new HANNIBALISSIMO 35 collection
Since the firm HANNIBAL LAGUNA presented its first collection at the Lincoln Theatre in Miami in the 1980s, its exquisite and iconic corsets have made it a benchmark in the recent history of Spanish fashion. After 35 years of success, her romantic and sophisticated hallmarks continue to cross borders to dress women around the world with the magic of her needle.
HANNIBALISSIMO 35 allows us to look at the same time, forward and backward to anticipate the future and reconnect emotions, feelings and memories. Now, the firm revives with passion and from a current perspective, the different codes of the house's heritage, fusing legendary silhouettes with embroideries and details that reinterpret the Spanish heritage and the artisanal excellence of haute couture.
True to its aesthetic ideology, this proposal highlights a splendid succession of evening pieces with references inspired by Spanish architecture, art and culture in which subtle transparencies, organza ruffles and embroidered ornaments in silk, gold thread, pearls and crystal flow.
Sculptural lines with wide skirts nesgadas; fitted sashes and plunging necklines trimmed with crystal laces give way to suggestive evening dresses evasé line as a tunic, with delicate Chantilly lace sculpted in relief. Soutache bodices with luxurious embellishments and jet beads that evoke the classic splendor of the costumes of lights also gain prominence.
Natural silk of extraordinary drape, such as crepe for flowing silhouettes; translucent organza for large volumes; transparencies and invisible textures painted with tattoo effect and ornamented with rows of enameled beads are some of the predominant fabrics of the collection.
Metallic brushstrokes that shade a tonal palette in which chromatic restraint reigns and albero, black and red - so Spanish and of extreme sobriety - dominate over lush tones and luminous purple.
"HANNIBALISSIMO 35" is a tribute to more than three decades of love for couture, 35 years dedicated to creating timeless proposals that speak of femininity with the unmistakable and exquisite stamp of the firm. Fashion made in Spain, handcrafted by a team of expert hands and captained by Isabel Angulo, co-founder and director of the firm who, along with its creative director, print each look the sophisticated style of a house that has always sought to turn their creations into unique pieces, admired and recognized as authentic jewels.
Thank you all for joining us in this fascinating experience and celebrate with us 35 years of work and passion for fashion.