When life throws you lemons, make lemonade! This simple wisdom is just another inspiration for French-born and Dubai-seasoned designer Canella Hostal. A big fan of bright extravagant colours and stripes of all shapes, she visualizes positivity through the art of sewing. Energised with joy, her ready-to-wear summer ’17 collection “Tropical Symphony” is definitely not an exception.
A distinguished graduate of “Esmod” French Fashion Institute, Canella puts her trust in interactive face-to-face retail. Her collections are displayed at “Polette”, a curious boutique opened several months ago at City Walk. As the name suggests, City Walk is indeed a pedestrian-friendly area loved by hipsters, locals, seen-it-all expats and sassy Instagrammers like me. It’s just a few minutes away from Downtown Dubai.
When I stopped at “Polette” with the intention of getting a closer look at Canella’s fantastic textiles designed specifically for her brand, I ended-up spending a couple of hours playing “dress-up” with Canella.
Understanding how hard it may be to style several eccentric pieces in a “head-turning” outfit, I ran in panic from one rack to another not ready to give up. Canella watched my attempts with an amusement, common to professionals with a good sense of humor. When we finally stepped on a street in our first put together looks, the traffic seemed to pause for us.
While I really enjoyed the lovely Dubai breeze playing the corners of my charming little red top, Canella’s outfit made her easily noticeable even in the shadows, reflecting light and occasional stares.
Once we got used to the additional attention and random requests for selfies, hanging out with Canella was a non-stop laughing challenge. Personally I struggled to keep a straight face, convinced that navy stripes, prevalence of red, edgy cuts and easy to unbutton buttons highlighted the repeated theme of “Tropical Symphony” – it was made to tease and have fun. Anywhere. Anytime.
Rushing after the setting sun, we drove to “The Beach” (read more about this community here) for a change of scenery, and dinner with a view to tricking Canella’s mother, Tamara into joining our fashion expedition.
Tamara, who lived in Dubai since 1995 was patly responsible for Canella’s choice of career, passing on the family’s passion for sewing. There was no surprise to see them dress alike (in Canella Hostal couture), pose alike and goof around alike:
Then I stepped in taking the whole thing to a completely new level of entertainment:
Suddenly there was no sun. It was long gone, hiding in the darkness of the horizon. All that was left was the great feeling of happiness we all shared spending an afternoon in bright designs created by Canella Hostal.