The Bite Magazine - Autmn/Winter 2020 - Issue 28

bitecatwalk I f you’re lucky enough to travel to warmer climates during the winter months, then the latest from Hanni- bal Laguna is what you’ll want to pack. Any one of the coquettish, seductive gowns or cocktails dresses that flitted down the runway would be perfect to wear while lazily sipping Mai Tai cocktails on the deck of some mega-yacht off the coast of St. Barts or Martinique. Complete with inky azures, navy sapphires, golden citrines, soft minty greens, a splash of rainbow neons and ruby red topped with impec- cably gorgeous beaded floral and netted embroidery, set the palette and style of this current AW20 collection as it was utterly dripping with vacation-decadence. Hannibal Laguna is a well-known Spanish label that has specialised in creating haute couture gowns, dresses, prêt-à- porter, wedding dresses, jewellery, glasses, and cosmetics for over two decades. Now he has added men’s wedding attire to his menu of high-end clothing. He is renowned for his impec- cable taste, and that’s seen as it radiates from his chic, elegant designs that highlight and flatter the female form in the most positive and alluring ways possible. His dresses aren’t glaring- ly ‘sexy’, they aren’t ridiculously short or skimpy, but rather slyly provocative, classic, timeless, everything a woman wants to be while choosing what to wear (in my opinion). This can be seen in look #17, which may be one of my fa- vourite dresses of the season. Its lime-green hue is somewhat unique (and would look amazing paired with a golden tan) especially for a floor-length gown and I’m dying over the silhouette and cut. It’s form-fitting, but again, not blatantly so. The deep plunging v-neck isn't garish as the long bishop sleeves help to balance everything to create a lovely configu- ration correctly. The next look I’m obsessed with is look #31, which I’ve named, ‘The Carrie Bradshaw’s LBD’. It’s fun, flirty and just the right amount of funky. Laguna has taken a simple A-line calf-length dress with a sweetheart neckline and turned it up a notch by boning the bodice with sheer black fabric and layering beautiful black floral embroidery that seems to grow from the waistband up toward the bustling. The skirt is overplayed with the same sheer black fabric only it has a zig-zagging black pattern de- tailing that added drama and dimension. The final look that caught my attention was #33; the way this sheer, beaded top was constructed in a true testament to this man’s incredible talent with embroidery and beading.