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Finally, finally, finally…. Aishwarya Rai showcased a sari at Cannes and did it (almost) perfectly!! She walked the red carpet for the premiere of Outrage draped in a stunning burnished gold creation by Sabyasachi, accompanied by hubby Abhishek Bachchan. Dramatic eye makeup, sculpted cheeks, nude lips (see, we told you the ‘play up one feature’ trick works wonders!!), minimal jewellery and a tiny bindi made her look completely different, far prettier and much, much better than the weird blends of Day 1 & Day 2. So, why “almost”? I still think that she looks far better with open hair – the tightly pulled back style makes her look too severe, a tad matronly and older than usual.
There is just something about Cannes that seems to bring out the worst in Aish – otherwise known as one of the world’s most beautiful and stylish woman. Except, maybe, sort of, these last two days. The black Hervé Leger black dress, complete with understated makeup, minimal jewellery and tumbling curls totally rocked at a photo call for Raavan. The arm candy could have done with some (lots!!) of work though. Red leather jacket, blue denims, black shoes – exactly what were you thinking Abhishek??
Another day, another ensemble… this time a ruched magenta chiffon gown from Gucci, with a twisted halter neck and satin waist band that skims and hugs her figure in just the right places. Gone is the puffy look, the hair is elegant and swept back into a sleek ponytail – thankfully, no beehive, though I still think she should go softer with open curls – and almost nude eyes and lip, offset by bronzed skin and sculpted cheekbones. Yes, understatement works, as Aish seems to have realised on the third day of the Cannes Film Festival, where she walked the red carpet for the premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, accompanied by her mother, Vrinda Rai.
Voluntary disclosure – I am not a huge fan of Deepika Padukone, courtesy a couple of past interviews where we haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye, but she does look good in this Rohit Bal saree. The makeup could have been a tad more muted – possibly nude lips rather than the copper-bronze overkill might have done the trick – but the overall effect is much better than Aishwarya’s to say the least.