Queen Letizia of Spain’s elegant, fashion-forward style choices are flying the flag for Spanish labels. From high-street heroes to made-to-measure masterpieces, we take a look at the brands that have received the royal seal of approval
Much as the Duchess of Cambridge is recognised for her championing of British labels, and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is known for showcasing great Danish design, Queen Letizia of Spain is a noted aficionado of excellent Spanish brands. A darling of the international fashion press, the former journalist has been widely applauded for her fashion-forward take on elegant, feminine style.
Queen Letizia of Spain is a noted aficionado of excellent Spanish brands
Mixing high-end and high-street pieces with aplomb, she has a definite penchant for classics by the likes of Hugo Boss and Carolina Herrera, but the majority of her public wardrobe is comprised of excellent home-grown brands. Take a leaf from her book this season and discover Spain’s most covetable local labels.
It’s impossible to speak of standout Spanish brands without at least a nod to Zara, the high street phenomenon that offers high-fashion aesthetics at fast-fashion prices. Unsurprisingly, Queen Letizia is a fan, and Zara has become her go-to label for striking pieces that add an edge to her formal attire – statement jackets and bold earrings in particular. Floral dresses are another favourite, and Zara is unrivalled on the high street in this department, carefully balancing bold prints with simple, elegant silhouettes.
Uterqüe, launched a decade ago by Zara’s parent company Inditex, is another Spanish brand that is favoured by Queen Letizia. The label originally offered accessories only, but has since added a select line of ready-to-wear clothing that builds on its philosophy of excellent pieces, beautifully made to stand the test of time.
Head to Uterqüe for unique yet understated garments that you’ll wear time and again. This season offers some particularly excellent leather items – biker jackets are available in everything from classic black to teal suede, while a one-shouldered ruffled top in supple black leather looks as though it’s straight off the catwalk.
When it comes to shoes, there are two brands that Queen Letizia returns to time and again: Magrit and Adolfo Domínguez. Founded in 1929, heritage brand Magrit fuses the tradition and craftsmanship that can only come from decades of experience with a truly modern approach to design. Its shoes feature classic shapes that are both beautiful and comfortable, while bold colours and textures, or unusual materials, make the styles stand out from the crowd.
This season, look out for Magrit’s range of modernist stilettos featuring clear vinyl panels, and the Exotic collection, which updates the classic snakeskin motif with paintbox brights. The brand also excels when it comes to wardrobe staples: you’ll be sure to find the perfect neutral pumps or raffia wedges here. For something really special, make the most of the exclusive customisation service at the store on Calle de José Ortega y Gasset – because bespoke shoes are truly fit for a queen.
Adolfo Domínguez came to fame in the 1970s and has continued to win loyal fans with his timeless, unfussy aesthetic. Queen Letizia is often spotted in the designer’s luxurious, perfectly cut wardrobe staples – classic T-shirts in soft white silk, or minimal shift dresses that radiate laid-back summer style. But it is the brand’s shoes that she is devoted to. The label favours classic styles and a neutral palette, which work perfectly for Letizia, who embraces bold colours and prints in her apparel and tends to opt for a simpler – yet no less beautiful – shoe. Don’t overlook the brand’s handbags, either. Queen Letizia has an enviable collection of its clutches and cross-body bags in everything from elegant snakeskin to bold fuchsia.
Celebrated designer Roberto Verino is another royal favourite. Collections offer an edgy take on elegant femininity, and each piece is expertly crafted from only the most excellent fabrics, with the label proudly flying the flag for the Made in Spain label. The Queen has been spotted in a Roberto Verino monochrome check pussy-bow blouse: evidence of the brand’s talent for well-tailored pieces that are classic yet still feel fresh. The Verino silhouette is timeless, with a fashion-forward edge injected by mixed prints, colours and luxe materials.
Finally, when it comes to occasion dressing, there is one designer Queen Letizia calls on time and again: Felipe Varela. The royal is often spotted in pieces from his ready-to-wear collections – think form-fitting dresses for formal events – but it is his custom creations that really make a statement. Book an appointment at the Ortega y Gasset boutique and discover the stunning hand craftsmanship of the brand’s bespoke pieces, which are beautiful enough to make anyone feel like a queen.