October 31, 2009

Aishwarya Rai At 62nd Cannes Film Festival

Aishwarya Rai first appeared at Cannes Film Festival, right back in year 2002. Although it was a great success and moment of pride for the India’s ruling actress, but the first moment was nothing short of fashion disaster for her. Although, the whole India looked on, it was probably a forgettable visit for Aishwarya back then. But i guess that was it. Thereafter she has been a part of Cannes very regularly and with each passing year she has been getting better and better. One has to agree that the 2002 disaster was all a mistake by the stylist and not Aishwarya Rai, but i guess that now she realizes the tricks of the trade and she is really is doing pretty well.
Just a week back, dated 13th May’2009, commenced the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. I have to be honest here. Aishwarya Rai looked jaw-dropping stunning this time around. In last seven years, not only she did get better, but she has mastered the art of walking on the red carpet. She looked so gorgeous and despite all the famous celebrities of Hollywood walking down that red carpet, Aishwarya Rai was the real head turner.
Aishwarya opted for a strapless white Roberto Cavalli train gown at the opening of the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on 13th May and she looked stunningly super with Abhishek Bachchan who wore white suit to accompany his wife. Dressed from head to toe in high fashion, she wore red peeptoe heels, Swarovski red box clutch, and Swarovski jewels that consisted of teardrop earrings and two rings. Her hair, with auburn highlights, was elegantly styled in an intricate updo with side swept bangs. She wore silver eyeshadow, cat-eye liner, multiple sweeps of black mascara and glossy bronze lip color. The L’Oreal brand ambassador, Aishwarya was joined on the red carpet by the newly announced L’Oreal spokesperson, Elizabeth Banks. Elizabeth looked great in red alongside Aishwarya Rai. They came for the premier of the movie “Up” that was the opening movie of Palais De Festival in Cannes, France, this year. There are a total of 20 movies this year that are competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or which will be awarded on May 24.
Next day, May 14th’2009, Aishwarya and Abhishek came again at Cannes for the screening of the movie Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever). This time around, Aishwarya looked heavenly beautiful. Aishwarya wore a blue Elie Saab Spring 2009 Couture gown this time around. As per the industry estimates, this particular gown was over Rs. 50 Lacs (5 million INR). That’s pretty expensive for a dress but then, Aishwarya is the highest paid Indian actress, so she definitely can afford to buy such dresses. Abhishek, this time wore a blackish colored suit. The two obviouslylooked great as a couple once again but Aishwarya’s dressing sense and choice of clothing really made her stand out from rest of the celebrities.
Alright, i have always believed that pictures speak louder than words. So here are some of the pics from the Cannes Film Festival wherein Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan made their presence felt. :)
Also present at the opening ceremony was Cannes Jury member from India, the very gorgeous Sharmila Tagore, wearing a yellow saree. She elegantly greeted all with folded hands Namastey during the customary introduction of the jury members. She still is one of the most charming person from India.
Various Indian designers have been talking about Aishwarya Rai’s appearance at Cannes. They all are spell bounded at the moment. “The Hindu” caught up with few designers:
Fashion Designer Amit GT said “Aishwarya carried the gown really well and looked beautiful. She has great presence that fits her perfectly in the international fashion circuit. She carried off that gown with confidence and walked thered carpet with aplomb. A lot of people had criticized her when she made her debut at Cannes but hits and misses are a part of life and this time she has proved fashion critics wrong with her impeccable dressing sense.
Designer Abdul Haimer said “Aishwarya, whose dress would have cost nothing less than Rs.5 million as per industry estimates, looked as though she was wearing a wedding gown minus the veil”
So i guess everyone is feeling very happy this time around.  I think Aishwarya Rai deserves all the appreciation she is getting! :)

Designer Raakesh Agarvwal said “When she was criticized for her bad dressing sense at Cannes, the person who should have been blamed was her stylist. But I guess now she has learnt the tricks of the trade and is doing really well. It’s important to know how to behave with your clothes on thered carpet. Walking on a red carpet is an art and you can say that she has mastered the art over the period of seven years. Posing rightly for the camera, maintaining eye contact, topped up with a perfect smile is what makes the bestred carpet look. One has to learn all these things and then you can look glamorous in anything – that’s what Aishwarya has done.

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