Talent Focus: Everything You Need To Know About Gran Canaria Fashion Week 2020

Tongue-in-cheek slogans, sunset fabrics and tactical nip slip vests: here’s everything you need to know about this year’s hottest picks.

Gran Canaria can do no wrong in our eyes. The balmy heat. The sweeping bustling beach stretch. The mouth-watering eats. And let’s not forget, the distinctive fashion scene. Yes, the dazzling colour palettes, ostentatious nods to heritage and the sultry heat of the collections that pour forth from Gran Canaria Moda Calida Fashion Week as years go by. And this year was no exception, marking a special edition given the global health crisis, with the international fashion industry turning their heads once again in Gran Canaria for four days. With the current pandemic, the show swiftly switched up, implementing a sun-drenched catwalk.

Gran Canaria Moda Cálida is an action program for the textile industry in the island, created by the Gran Canaria’s Council Department of Industry, Commerce and Crafts, which has the counselling of the Asociación de Creadores de Moda de España (ACME), associated institution from 2017. Fashion is for this organization a growing sector with many possibilities for the industrial development and Gran Canaria represents the framework in which designers and companies support their projects. Until 25th October, the Canarian catwalk hosted the parades of the Canarian firms Diazar, Palmas, Carlos San Juan, Maldito Sweet, Lucas Balboa, Chela Clo, Nuria González, Arcadio Domínguez y Aurelia Gil; junto a Kokú Kids, Ladybug’s Cris e It Child in the children’s category. The show also included the participation of leading national and international firms such as TCN, Bannana Moon, Livia, Guillermina Baeza, Carlos San Juan, Gottex, Aurelia Gil, Dolores Cortés, Como un Pez en el Agua, Énfasis, All Sisters, All That She Loves, Palmas, Miss Bikini y Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada; next to the children’s brands Fátima Rodríguez, Bannana Moon Kids, Dolores Cortés Kids, Cosas de Mon y Belle & Rebel. TCN was the firm in charge of opening the show.

The firm TCN, a worldwide reference in the beachwear universe, was responsible for the inauguration of the catwalk today with an individual show that marked its return to Gran Canaria Swim Week by Moda Cálida after a few editions. TCN is committed to a collection faithful to its origins and its characteristic lifestyle: a boho chic without stridencies that is identified by its style and its characteristic “je ne sais quoi” Sant Remy is the main thread of the Spring-Summer TCN 2021 collection. Provence and its lavender fields are the stars in a story of unique and unrepeatable moments where the TCN woman dresses for an ethereal and light summer.

Gran Canaria Swim Week by Moda Cálida welcomes its second day in ExpoMeloneras (Maspalomas), under the co-organization of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and IFEMA. By all means, the second day was incredibly enlightening and saw a true evolution of the city’s fashion come forward: the day continued with the double fashion show of Chela Clo and Diazar in first place; and Banana Moon and Livia, afterwards. The first show presented her collection “Discordant Retro Vibes“, which embraces current trends in New York youth fashion inspired by the 90’s. The asymmetrical fades of tie-dye and the abstract forms of terrazzo and marble inspire Chela Clo’s collection for the Spring-Summer 2021 season. Diazar has opted for black as the leitmotif of the collection. The compositional elements that make up the proposal of the collection “The New Black, by Diazar” are based on concepts linked to a dark chromatic range with nuances.

Later, it was the turn of Guillermina Baeza, an exceptional guest, who unveiled a collection born from Tangier’s magic. The colours of the collection evoke nature: the blues lead to the sea, and the oranges, cream and mauve, to a sunset in the Haffa cafe. The memory of the smell of “azahar” mixed with that of spices paints the earthy colours with golden flashes.

The afternoon continued with Carlos San Juan and Gottex. To design his collection, Carlos San Juan explored the way in which tensioning cables manage to hold the most spectacular structures, giving them, at the same time, an extraordinary beauty. Gottex has presented a collection with innovative techniques, avant-garde shapes and a variety of new textures and soft fabrics.

To conclude, Aurelia Gil was responsible for closing the day with a collection full of spectacular looks and garments made of tulle that dresses with fantasy the swimwear proposals. The designer presented, on the one hand, pure and unpretentious looks with the swimwear as main character, and on the other hand, totally structured looks that use the swimwear to create a formal look.

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