Madrid’s Magnificent Three

Madrid’s Magnificent Three is the best way I can describe my favorite moments of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid. This Spring-Summer 2016 season quite a few collections took my breath away. That said, I also have a preference for the designers who work in collaboration with the shoe brands I feature. Here are three couturiers that are not only super talented but who also went with a Spanish shoe designer to complement their collections.

Esther Noriega

Titled “Tempo“, the designer’s SS 2016 collection was created in partnership with Paco Herrero, a regular favorite here at the Spanishoegallery Blog. But first, check out these amazing red and gold appliqués:

Tempo” by Esther Noriega. Image: Vogue Spain.
Esther Noriega SS16 at MBFW Madrid. Strappy sandals: Paco Herrero. Photo credit: Vogue Spain.
Paco Herrero for Esther Noriega: a musically inspired metallic sandal. Photo: Vogue Spain.

The classical music language was the inspiration for this collection that fascinates with its elaborate gold appliqués and pure colors. In the background, a classical music group was setting the “tempo” for the show, alternating adagio and allegro: slow and fast. Note the fine work of the Paco Herrero craftsmen and women, who created the delicate wrap-around straps in the form of musical staff and notes. Truly a museum-worthy piece.

Esther Noriega SS16. Photo credit: Vogue Spain.
An astounding “pièce de résistance“. Photo: Vogue Spain.
Great choice of heels by Paco Herrero. Photo credit: Vogue Spain.
The lady of the hour: Esther Noriega herself. Photo credit: Vogue Spain.

Juan Vidal

A young and charismatic figure on the Spanish fashion scene, Juan Vidal often uses Spanish footwear designers in his shows (to see his previous collaborations click here). The designers Spring-Summer 2016 collection titled “Hiroko” blends Japanese aesthetic and tropical palette. The result is quite exhilarating. The diamond-embellished black sandals to go with the exotic Japanese motives were created by the prominent Elda-based luxury shoe maker Pedro García.

Juan Vidal SS16. Sandals: Pedro García. Photo: Vogue Spain.
HirokoSS16 collection by Juan Vidal. Sandals: Pedro García. Photo: Vogue Spain.
Juan Vidal SS16. Photo: Vogue Spain.

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

The noble Agatha presented another life-affirming, color-strong collection. She is an inveterate risk-taker and her candy-colored designs go straight to the gut. Her recent adepts include Miley Cyrus – a notorious risk-taker of the new generation, who, like the grand dame of the Spanish design, never misses a punch. Agatha, it seems, is never out of step. If anything, she is always somewhat ahead of the curve. She is a universal designer: her shoes and accessories are designed in-house. To see some of her previous collections, click here, here, and here.

This year it’s the head scarves that pop. Smaller print patterns make for a more concentrated look. I love the cut of the dress and the polka-dot platform sandals are every fun-loving girl’s dream. Photo: Vogue Spain.


Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Spring-Summer 2016. I could go for each and every piece in this collection. Photo: Vogue Spain.
Agatha‘s signature hearts are essential, whether big or small. Love the turquoise and yellow of the bag. Photo: Vogue Spain.


These starry pattern front-tie platform pumps make me giddy in spite of myself. Photo: Vogue Spain.

And lastly, I decided to make an exception to my “collaboration” rule and introduce a “plus one” to my magnificent three:  a relatively young Spanish design house The 2nd Skin and Co.

In this case, I have no idea who designed the shoes or whether they were designed in house. Oh well, let it remain their trade SECRET.

The 2nd Skin and Co Spring-Summer 2016 collection has this great golden quality (and you know how I like gold). Having also recently developed a strong liking for vibrant yellow, I couldn’t resist these embellished yellow retro pumps:

Retro pump from The 2nd Skin Co SS16 collection. Photo: Vogue Spain.

Oh yeah, and a dress to go with it:

2nd Skin and Co. SS16 MBFW Madrid. Photo: Vogue Spain.


Aren’t these just amazing designers? Go Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, I love you!




About Me

Ann Mailsi is a writer and social media buff based in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. Her interests include fashion, technology, and nature adventures.

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