Style passport: Spain

The opening of a high-fashion exhibit at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute has us saying bienvenidos to the country's bold style.

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    Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

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    Agatha Ruiz de la Prada multicolor striped stretch minidress, $88

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    Agatha Ruiz de la Prada cardigan with heart pocket details, $145

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    Agatha Ruiz de la Prada sleeveless dress with a single embroidered heart detail, $220

  • Desigual oversize sweater made from multicolor knit fabrics, $214

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    Desigual striped polo featuring graffiti writing, $84

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    Desigual plaid pants with attached suspenders, $99

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    Desigual plaid cropped jacket, $244

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    Mango

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    Mango plaid wool dress, $120

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    Mango cable-knit cardigan, $70

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    Mango skinny leather pants, $400

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    Mango leopard-print minidress, $70

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    Ibiza

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    Lucky One leather pouch purses with floral tapestry details, $48--$145 each, at Ibiza

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    Mushmina handmade printed-steel cuff bracelets, $28--$52 each, at Ibiza

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    Skunkfunk

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    Skunkfunk earflap hat, $29

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    Skunkfunk vegan leather color-blocked saddle bag, $84

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    Skunkfunk acrylic braided scarf, $29

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    Tierra

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    Tierra stone-encrusted bracelet, $20

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    Tierra bib necklace, $45

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    Tierra floral brooch, $12

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    Camper

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    Camper leather derby shoes with rubber soles, $205 each

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    Camper high-heeled tasseled loafers, $175

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    Camper camouflage-print high-tops, $270

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    Coclico

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    Coclico suede peep-toe heels with fringe, $345

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    Coclico ankle booties lined with petal details, $395

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    Chie Mihara pebbled leather booties, $415, at Coclico

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    Argila suede lace-up ankle boots, $410, at Coclico

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    Pretty Ballerinas

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    Pretty Ballerinas metallic leather flats, $225

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    Pretty Ballerinas suede bow-adorned pointy-toe flats, $249

  • Pretty Ballerinas flats studded with Swarovski crystals, $775 each

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    Pretty Ballerinas flats adorned with peacock feathers, $395

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

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Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

This Madrid-born designer made a name for herself in the '80s with her rainbow-colored women's clothing done in unconventional shapes. She has since lent her name to an array of products, including perfumes, a home-goods line and even a collection of printed BIC lighters, although the New York flagship solely stocks her women's ($50--$220) and children's ($50--$80) threads. The interior's pink-and-yellow-striped mirrored walls and heart-printed floors pay homage to De la Prada's signature Pop Art--influenced style. Solid green, blue and red dress forms and a giant sculptural silver rack in the middle of the store display cheerful pieces such as leotards emblazoned with hearts and flowers ($76), multicolor striped stretch minidresses ($88), solid cocoon-style cardigans ($145) and sleeveless dresses with a single embroidered heart detail ($220). 466 Greenwich St at Watts St (212-598-4078, agatharuizdelaprada.com)

Desigual
If you removed the men's and women's clothing from all three of Desigual's New York locations, you'd swear you were inside a Latin nightclub, replete with black-lit walls, mirrored columns and a blaring dance soundtrack. The funky Barcelona chain was founded in 1984 by Thomas Meyer, who sought to bring a sense of innovation and whimsy to Spanish fashion. Hallmarks of the ladies' collection include bright colors, evidenced in technicolor floral minidresses ($74); patchwork prints, seen in oversize sweaters made from multicolor knit fabrics ($214); and bold embellishments, which can be found on intricately embroidered coats ($169--$339). The men's line upstairs is no less flamboyant, and includes psychedelic-printed button-ups ($84), plaid pants with attached suspenders ($99) and striped polos featuring graffiti writing ($84). 358 Fifth Ave at 34th St (212-239-0060) * 594 Broadway between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-343-8206) *958 Sixth Ave at W 35th St (212-564-0722) * desigual.com

Mango
Known for its blingy clubwear when it was founded in 1992, this Barcelona chain has recently taken a more polished turn, enlisting models Kate Moss and Isabeli Fontana to represent the brand. These days, there are lots of trendy daytime pieces such as office-appropriate plaid wool dresses ($120), sharp blazers ($100), weekend-ready cable-knit cardigans ($70) and wool coats ($230). But the label hasn't totally abandoned its nightlife roots, as evidenced by its assortment of sequined tees ($40), skinny leather pants ($400) and leopard-print minidresses ($70). The Soho and Flushing locations also carry a small selection from the HE by Mango menswear line, including shawl-collar pullover sweaters ($100), double-breasted peacoats ($300) and leather bomber jackets ($400). 561 Broadway at Prince St (212-343-7012) * 7 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-268-5716) * 38-21 Main St between 38th and 39th Aves, Flushing, Queens (718-713-0828) * mango.com

Accesorios

Ibiza
In the '70s, the Spanish island of Ibiza was full of artists, craftsmen and free spirits who gathered there from around the world. When Chrystyna Hordijenko and John Husiak traveled to the Balearic island in 1974, they were so inspired by the local culture that they opened their own shop in NYC two years later, aiming to capture Ibiza's artisan spirit, nightlife culture and Moroccan influence. Inside the boutique, adorned with multicolor woven rugs, lush draped fabrics and glittery disco balls, you'll find a selection of women's clothing ($65--$600) from Spanish brands such as Custo Barcelona and Luna Luz arranged in the back, while a colorful array of accessories ($40--$300) live up front. The focus is largely on independent designers, including Madrid's Z & L fringed leather handbags ($130) and Lucky One leather pouch purses ($48--$145) with floral tapestry details that are handmade on the island. An ornate gold-trimmed glass case also holds statement jewelry such as Mushmina handmade printed-steel cuff bracelets ($28--$52) and Moroccan-made woven beaded necklaces ($50). 825 Broadway between 12th and 13th Sts (212-533-4614, ibizanyc.com)

Skunkfunk
This Basque brand started out in 1996 selling printed T-shirts from the back of a truck at concerts and festivals around Spain. Staying true to its casual wear origins, the focus of the men's and women's clothing is on vibrant basics done in a variety of colors and eco-friendly fabrics. Yet it's Skunkfunk's assortment of geometric, sustainable accessories that have us coming back for more. Highlights include vegan leather color-blocked saddle bags ($84), polyester backpacks ($94) and oversize cruelty-free wallets ($40--$60). Brightly colored knitwear, such as acrylic braided scarves ($29) and earflap hats ($29), will help you beat the winter doldrums in style. 181 Orchard St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (646-478-7785, shopskunkfunk.com)

Tierra
What started out in the late '80s as an artists' collective in the Canary Islands has since expanded into four stores (the others are in Lanzarote and Madrid) specializing in affordable handmade jewelry and small accessories. The rustic wood walls and floors in Tierra's long, narrow NYC shop make you feel as if you're visiting the original island location. The boutique is strewn with adornments, including turquoise bib necklaces ($45), leather floral brooches ($8--$20), stone-encrusted bracelets ($25) and hand-woven cotton scarves ($15). You can also re-create the Iberian ambiance at home with a series of Tierra-produced CDs ($15--$20 each) that play in the store and feature Spanish artists such as Gema y Pavel and Antn Gimnez. 65 Spring St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts (646-476-5343, amigosdetierra.com)

Zapatos

Camper
The Spanish islands of Mallorca and Menorca have a long history of producing quality leather shoes, and Camper is perhaps the most recognizable brand to come out of the archipelagos. Founded in 1975, the label specializes in classic, comfortable styles for both sexes. The footwear selection is laid out on a long white table underneath huge red dome lights, and includes men's sleek leather low-top sneakers ($175), leather derby shoes with rubber soles ($205) and camouflage-print high-tops ($270) that are part of a collaboration with German designer Bernhard Willhelm. On the women's side, look for high-heeled tasseled loafers ($175), suede lace-up ankle boots ($175) and the Twins collection, which features pairs with each shoe uniquely different, such as color-block booties with heart buttons on one and stars on the other ($230). 125 Prince St at Wooster St (212-358-1842, camper.com

Coclico
As soon as you step into this unfussy, whitewashed boutique, you'll be greeted by the smell of rich leather—an indication of the beautifully crafted shoes and boots that lie inside. The house line of women's footwear is designed in New York and produced using vegetable-tanned leathers in a fair trade factory in Mallorca. The collection is full of simple styles with dramatic touches, such as suede peep-toe heels with a swathe of fringe at the ankle ($345), knee-high leather boots featuring curved heels ($530) and leather ankle booties lined with petal details ($395). Owner Sandra Canselier is also the official U.S. representative for Spanish brands Chie Mihara and Argila, and you'll find a selection of both labels' otherwise hard-to-find shoes toward the back, including Chie Mihara pebbled leather booties ($415) and lace-up oxford heels ($380), and Argila suede lace-up ankle boots ($410). 275 Mott St between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-965-5462, shopcoclico.com)

Pretty Ballerinas
The moniker of this Menorca chain comes from the pet name that owner Jaime Mascar called his granddaughters when they were young dancers. Mascar's grandfather, Pedro, founded the family's eponymous brand in 1918, which specialized in handmade ballet slippers before it grew into a full-fledged, high-end footwear company. Though the Mascar stores have always carried a selection of flats, the label opened several Pretty Ballerinas shops exclusively dedicated to the style in 2005, including two U.S. locations (the other is in Beverly Hills). The New York store, swathed in pink and black with leopard-print accents, carries ballet flats in every style and color imaginable, ranging from simple metallic leather versions ($225) and suede bow-adorned pointy-toe pairs ($249) to more adventurous ones decked out in peacock feathers ($395) and studded with Swarovski crystals ($775). 1034 Lexington Ave between E 73rd and E 74th Sts (212-249-7844, prettyballerinas.us)

MORE SPANISH FASHION!
Conceived by designer Oscar de la Renta and curated by Vogue's Andr Leon Talley, "Joaquin Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress" debuts Thu 8 at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute (684 Park Ave at 68th St; 212-628-0420, queensofiaspanishinstitute.org; $15, through Mar 10) and examines Spain's regional clothing styles through the paintings of Valencian artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida.

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