Canarian Fashion: trends from volcanoes to the ocean

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The Canaries continuously inspire creation. Their interesting natural contrasts, the talent present on the islands and the support of local institutions have given rise to the formation of canarian fashion (Canarian style) as an entity with its own personality.

Freshness, colour, sustainability and a clear inspiration from the characteristic elements of the Islands, mark this growing industry, which currently employs professionals from a variety of different fields. Designers, stylists, fashion editors, photographers, pattern creators, bloggers and modelling agencies are the protagonists of a compendium that increasingly receives support from both inside and outside the Archipelago.

Tenerife Cabildo, under the banner of Tenerife Moda and Gran Canaria, responsible for Gran Canaria Moda Cálida, have been supporting the workers in the sector for many years, with a clear commitment to specialized training in these areas, as well as programmes to promote designers and other emerging professionals.

 

Canarian designers you should know about

Although there are many actors involved in this industry, we wanted to make a selection of Canarian designers and brands that should be taken into account. Now that summer is at its peak, we would like to mention some worthy designers of swimwear such as Aurelia Gil, Alida Dominguez or the Tenerife firm Oh! Soleil, which, in its latest collection, combines the most bohemian and elegant fabrics with a vintage look.

Party costumes for events and celebrations, are also one of the great specialties of our favourite designers.  Juan Carlos Armas has been known within and outside of the islands for many years, but it is also advisable to keep track of other excellent enterprises such as María Mía, Roselinde or Josep Mestres.

Of course, we mustn’t forget about the brides, which now represent one of the fastest growing markets on the Canary Islands. Marco & María are currently the biggest worldwide names, but you are sure to hear other names of firms such as Amarca, Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra or By Loleiro.

Finally, although we refer to the cinematographic sector, it’s necessary to mention some of the main architects of costume design in Spanish productions. Amongst the winners of Premios Goya,  we can highlight the award-winning Paco Delgado from Lanzarote (Snow White, Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi), in addition to Paola Torres (1898. The last of the Philippines) and Tatiana Hernández (Lope).

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Upcoming dates of moda canaria

Since its recent opening, Hotel GF Victoria ***** GL has wanted to show its support for the Canarian fashion sector. It demonstrated this in the latest edition of the Tenerife Fashion Beach Costa Adeje event, participating as a sponsor and promoter of the climate and fashion combination that characterized it. This year the event will take place between 14th and 20th of October.

On the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria, we also have one of the most popular international fashion weeks. Gran Canaria Swimwear Fashion Week is the main showcase of swimwear on the island, with contributions from Canarian and Spanish businesses, as well as others throughout Europe. If you are a design lover, you cannot miss this event between 3rd and 5th of October.

On the other hand, this autumn Feboda also awaits us, specializing not only in bridal fashion, but also in all the news and advances of the wedding sector. From 25th to 27th of October, at the Recinto Ferial de Tenerife, you will have the opportunity to learn about the highest trending styles of the Canarian designers and, of course, to approach the GF Hoteles stand, which will help you to finalize all the details of your long-awaited union.  Note the days in your diary well because we are looking forward to meeting you.

Bio-Spa Victoria, named the best spa in the world at the World Luxury Spa Awards

These prestigious awards name the establishment as the best spa in the world and Europe’s best ‘eco’ spa

  • Victoria López, President of Grupo Fedola, received the distinction during the awards ceremony which took place in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • In the words of López, “this award reinforces the brand and the destination of Tenerife in the world”

Bio-Spa Victoria receives the World Luxury Spa Award as the best spa in the world and the best ‘eco’ spa in Europe. Victoria López, President of Grupo Fedola, accompanied by Abraham Portocarrero, Director of the Bio-Spa, were responsible for collecting both awards during the ceremony held at the official hotel of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Luxury, exclusivity, dreamlike facilities and excellent service, make Bio-Spa Victoria the best spa in the world. This new space, located in the GF Victoria hotel, is distinguished by its personalized treatments with organic and natural products. A concept that goes hand in hand with the sustainable management of the hotel establishment and that, with just one year of life, has achieved one of the highest distinctions in the sector.

In the words of Victoria López, “for Bio-Spa Victoria, it is an honour to receive this magnificent distinction that reinforces the brand and destination of Tenerife in the world, as well as contributing a plus to the ‘wellness’ offer of the island”. In addition, she emphasizes that it is a product that goes one step further, since “we work to offer the best services without forgetting our commitment to sustainability”, she added.

The prestigious World Luxury Spa Awards are delivered annually and distinguish luxury spas worldwide in numerous categories. These awards recognize, thanks to customer feedback, the excellence of service and commitment to the environment of Bio-Spa Victoria. “With or without this recognition, sustainability will be our guiding principle,” said López.

Bio-Spa Victoria is a new space that presents a differentiated offer including holistic treatments for relaxation, the practice of sport, the advice of a personal trainer, guided activities, or meditation, among many others.

GF Victoria is the new luxury five-star hotel of GF Hotels, the chain owned by Grupo Fedola, which offers a combination of relaxation and family entertainment unprecedented in the hotel map of the islands.

Zambra SkyBar, a gift for the eyes and for those with ‘vibrant palates’

Zambra SkyBar stands out as the real surprise of this summer to change the way to enjoy an afternoon/evening of leisure in the south of Tenerife. Its combination of music with the best signature cocktails of the Canary Islands, merges perfectly with the sublime terrace located on the fifth floor of GF Victoria.

The privileged setting of the Costa Adeje coastline, with 360º views, gives Zambra SkyBar a dreamy sunset and exclusivity marked by the hanging glass pool, unique in the islands.

The Zambra Skybar is a gift, not only for the eyes but also for exquisite experts in ‘vibrant palates’. The cocktail menu stands out for its daring, creativity and craftsmanship. It’s time to be surprised by the talented bartenders and to turn the Zambra Skybar into the high temple of mixology on Tenerife.

The ‘minimal’ aesthetic of its terrace contrasts with the magnificent venue presented by GF Victoria, the Grand Luxury hotel, an exclusive reference in the south of Tenerife. The furniture in this space for ‘adults only’ responds to the desire to link this excellent combination menu with the most exquisite tasting.

Meet the exclusive mixologists of the GF Victoria ***** GL: Emilio Rodríguez

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The stake of mixology which have been made for many years. Grupo Fedola in its establishments of GF Hoteles is a quality symptom to the advanced services. It is a clear example of the recent XIII Costa Adeje Mixology contest, celebrated in the facilities of GF Gran Costa Adeje, that our mixologist Emilio Rodríguez won two prizes at the same time: the trophy of Young Barman and the trophy of Skills.

This young mixology promise that start to be met like ‘he who always wins’ o ‘star mixologist’ due to the recent achievements in many competition, he illustrates his vision of this art, projects and period in GF Victoria***** GL hotel.

“I feel very comfortable working in a company that is committed to cocktails and the employee, as is the GF Victoria ***** GL Hotel”

“I started in 2013, when I studied the education cycle in restoration and little by little I made a hole in this world,” says the youngest of our barmen. And just eight months after starting his journey in our hotel, Emilio Rodríguez has already become one of the representatives of excellence of the way to understand the mixology that has Grupo Fedola in its GF Hoteles.

His style is characterized by a very peculiar technique with the ideal touches for an author’s creativity. “I like to travel, to know the different bars, to go to the hotels of many places and to try what is done in other places”, he says. It is precisely that personality in his work that has earned him to win the Young Mixologist Trophy and the Skill Trophy in the latest edition of the Costa Adeje Cocktail Competition.

However, it is not his only victory in the sector: “My most outstanding prize is that of Young Barman in the National Championship of Segovia, although soon I will also participate in the National Championship of FABE (Federation of Associations of Spanish Barman) in Zaragoza, which is qualifying for the world championship. ”

Despite his triumphs, he is prudent when it comes to the current mixology scene. “Each contest is more complicated than the previous one. Everyone is renewing, everyone presents proposals never seen, participants spend their lives watching, studying, training… so it is increasingly difficult to make a hole. In the last national championship, we competed 16 autonomous communities and although in Tenerife the level is super high, that of my competitors is another world “.

As a representative of the GF Hotels brand in cocktail competitions, Emilio has nothing but good words about what is now his home: GF Victoria ***** GL hotel. “Before arriving I spoke with the person who is now my bar boss, Pedro. He discussed me about the project and he told me that the company was betting a lot on the mixology, which right now is very much in demand in the south of the island. I feel very comfortable in a company that has that commitment and that takes care of its employees “.

Also, aware of the quality that has been gaining as a professional in such a short time, Rodríguez also performs educational work thanks to the ABT (Association of Barmans of Tenerife), which is president the head of bars of our GF Gran Costa Adeje, David Arrebola. “I go to colleges to offer formation about mixology. As a young barman that I am, I usually go to Canary Islands educational centers to teach them about technique and flavors. I come from where they are, so I understand the value of knowing with what method of work they will find when they go out to work”.

Rodríguez has come to GF Victoria ***** GL to break molds, both regarding his age and his creations. The guest who discovers his work can meet an author who does not believe in the essential ingredients and who likes to vary continuously and, above all, evolve.

Great Inauguration of GF Victoria ***** GL!

Our new hotel GF Victoria ***** GL recently opened its doors and today, June 6, we will officially celebrate its inauguration.

The act that will start at 6:00 pm will take place at the hotel’s ‘Jardín del Sol’, where more than 300 guests will be received.

Among them we will have the presence of four special personalities that will intervene in the opening ceremony: Carlos Alonso, president of the Cabildo de Tenerife; Cristóbal de la Rosa, deputy minister of Tourism of the Government of the Canary Islands; José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, mayor of Adeje and finally Fernando López Arvelo, president and founder of Grupo Fedola.

Victoria López, general director of GF Hoteles and adviser of Grupo Fedola will welcome all the guests to the event that will officially inaugurate the new Grand Luxury – Sustainable hotel of the chain.

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